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The summary report is provided for parents/careers and partners to outline our achievements this session and our priorities for next session. Throughout this session we have taken forward our priorities as detailed in our school improvement plan. Through our processes of self-evaluation, we have identified how we can improve outcomes for our children and young people.

 

 

 

Our achievements and improvements this year. 

We would like to highlight the following improvements/achievements:

 

Key developments (leadership of change)

The vision and aims of the school was explicitly taught to all pupils throughout the year at the weekly assembly. Almost all pupils recognise the school vision statement. All staff are trained in PATHS, God’s Loving Plan and appropriate staff were trained for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. The Headteacher continued to commit the weekly assembly to the spiritual formation of the school community, through the shared experience of prayer and liturgy.

All parents and carers had an opportunity to express their views of the school via a questionnaire at Parents’ Night. Almost all parents agree or strongly agree that the school was well led, staff show concern for the care and welfare of the children and the children enjoy being at school.

 

Developments in learning and teaching and assessment

The Poverty Equity Funding (PEF) continues to support attainment for all learners at St Martha’s and is focused on closing the gap for targeted groups of pupils. The PEF spend on PATHS (Barnardos) is supporting positive relationships across the school. From a sampled questionnaire almost all pupils stated that staff and pupils treat each other fairly and with respect. Adopting a carefully designed active pedagogy (Playful Pedagogy) in P1 and P2/1 has developed independence and challenge within the curriculum leading to improved attainment. The PEF enabled staff training and resources for this change of practice to be successful.

 

Writing continued to be a main focus for improvement this year: All staff increased the amount of time devoted to writing, during assemblies the Headteacher encouraged all pupils to increase the variety of words they use in writing and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) displayed examples of good writing in our main foyer each month. Staff worked alongside a range of other teachers from different schools to agree standards of writing.

 

Staff became more confident using the Mathematics guidance provided by Glasgow City Council. The SLT ensured that money from the PEF fund was provided to purchase equipment needed for all pupils to fully engage with Numeracy and Maths.

 

This year the school dedicated a member of staff to promote and deliver Science to Primary 1 to Primary 5. As well as enabling an active and consistent approach to this subject the school also managed to involve a full range of partners. The partners included: Butterfly Conservation, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Frogslife, All Saints Secondary Science Teachers and Citizen Science. Other successful partnerships included Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation - P6 Sailing, Glasgow Caledonian University-P5 STEM, Impact Arts, Toonspeak, Celtic Foundation Glasgow Kelvin College, P2 Dance (GCC PEPASS) and Pupil Council (Mary St. Tron).

 

Progress in promoting well-being equality and inclusion

 

Almost all pupils have an improved understanding of how to keep themselves Safe, Healthy, Active, Nurtured, Achieving, Respected, Responsible and Included as this has been a weekly focus in school. Almost all pupils report that they are listened to, get help when it is needed and feel safe and cared for.  The school began a partnership with Impact Arts to increase confidence and dialogue with targeted groups.

 

With the support of a PE specialist we introduced Physical Literacy Lessons in P1-3. This experience developed the staff skills and are now better equipped to teach this curricular area. The school was able to purchase support materials from the PEF fund to provide a clear programme of work to sustain this learning.

 

With the support of Scottish Catholic Education Services (SCES) the school has created a draft Equalities (Anti-Bullying) policy which will be used in consultation with our school community next session.

 

The school has improved the arrangements to help children in their transition from Early Years to P1. In particular, the visits of key school staff to the Early Years establishments to gather evidence of Literacy and Numeracy achievement and additional support needs.  Also, the school has successfully promoted regular visits of Pre 5 pupils and parents to school with our Child Development Officer at key times in the year. This has improved the learning experiences of the children in P1.

 

Progress in children’s learning /raising attainment and recognising achievement

The school continues to successfully support all children well. Children experience a good curriculum.

Most learners (75%-90%) in P1 attained appropriate levels for Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening and Numeracy.  Most Learners (75%-90%) in P4 attained appropriate levels for Reading, Talking and Listening and Numeracy.

The majority of learners (50%-74%) in P4 attained appropriate levels in writing.

The majority of learners (50-74%) in P7 attained appropriate levels in Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening and Numeracy. 

 

Almost all children in targeted groups throughout the year made progress from their prior levels of attainment.

 

Overall, the majority of our learners demonstrate the attributes of successful, confident, responsible and effective pupils who are willing to lead. All pupils P4 to P7 (120 pupils) experienced a guitar lesson once a week. All P7 pupils received a brass instrument lesson once a week. All P5 and P7 pupils achieved the Discover Arts Award as part of Impact Arts. Almost all P6 pupils received RYA Sailing Qualification. Almost all P7 pupils achieved the Pope Francis Faith award.

 

 

 

   

    

     

 

 

 

Here is what we plan to improve next year.

 

Effective use of assessment of writing by staff and learners to ensure that children maximise their successes and achievements.

 

Introduce Literacy Progression Planners for Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening

 

All staff to develop ICT Skills with Apple Training

 

Developing practise to support the language and communication needs of all learners.

 

Introduce Developmental PE to focus on fine and gross motor skills.

 

Extend the training for Physical Literacy to all pupils and staff in P4-P7.

 

 

 

 

 

How can you find out more information about our school?

 

Please contact us directly if you require further information or if you wish to comment on the report.

 

The contact e-mail address is: Headteacher@st-marthas-pri.glasgow.sch.uk

 

Our telephone number is:0141 558 6193

 

Our school address is: 85 Menzies Road, Glasgow G21 3NG

 

Further information is available in: newsletters, the school website, and the school handbook