Quality Mark Case Study: Heather Avenue Infant School

Heather Avenue Infant School was awarded the Gold Quality Mark in November 2018. They are one of few infant schools to hold the award, providing excellent history provision for their pupils at Key Stage 1 through a rich curriculum, excellent leadership and effective enquiry based approaches to teaching and learning. You can read the assessor's report below and take a look at selected materials from the school's submitted portfolio as well as comments from the QM lead at the school, Louise Stevens attached at the bottom of the page:

About the school

Heather Avenue Infant School is part of a local Trust. It is smaller than most infant schools and mainly serves the immediate community. Most pupils spend their whole infant education at the school.
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1. Teaching and Learning

The assessor observed lessons across all year groups. The children learn through a range of practical experiences such as discussion and self-exploration.
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2. Leadership

The Subject Leader monitors and evaluates her action plan regularly together with evaluating the progress of History through the year at regular intervals. Feedback to individual staff and the whole staff body shows continued improvements are being made and this is evidenced through the overall impact on learning and self-evaluation of the action plans.
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3) Curriculum

The History curriculum is detailed, creative and thorough, having elements of national, international and local History such as the Olympics, World Cup and the visiting local circus. It shows progression in terms of chronology, knowledge, skills and concepts. It follows a topic based approach firmly embedded with the principals of enquiry based learning.
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4. Achievement

The impact of the detailed monitoring and evaluation systems across the school are that teaching and learning is consistently very good and attainment is high. In EYFS 96% of all children achieved at least their expected outcome in World and Communication and 91% in Understanding of the World. This has been consistent over 3 years. In Key Stage 1, 82% of children are currently identified as being on track to achieve their projected outcomes. Those children who are not achieving this are identified as EAL and SEN. Standards across the school are consistently outstanding and have been so for the past six years.
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5. Enrichment

Children’s work is displayed creatively using artefacts, photographs and children’s own enquiry questions. Key vocabulary is also displayed and there was evidence on the day that children were using this to aid their learning.
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Final Comments by Assessor:

The school was very welcoming. The documentation was detailed and thorough and the assessment day was extremely well organised. The Subject Leader had gone to a lot of trouble to provide extra evidence where it was needed. The conversations with the children were delightful and those with the staff were informative and showed a real genuine engagement with History across all year groups. I wish the school continued success in the future.

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