Grey Court School Highlights

The school also broadens the learning opportunities for both its own students and the wider community, such local primary schools, through its ICT provision. Ofsted 2010

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Throughout the year, Grey Court has been instrumental in supporting Extended Schools in a number of ways. Since September 2009 the following Varied Menu of Activities have been introduced at Grey Court.

  • Film Club 
  • Chess Club 
  • Fitter Kids 
  • Fencing 
  • Non Contact Boxing 
  • Easter Provision 

In 2009 Grey Court opened their doors to Kickz who have run a weekly multi skills session for children from the local community. Over time this session has grown from strength to strength. Grey Court also hosted a non contact boxing class for parents and children from local schools. This was held each Saturday and allowed parents and their children to participate in a joint activity on a regular basis.

Extended Services in conjunction with Ham Children’s Centre offered free workshops for parents focusing on behaviour, first aid, computer skills and returning to work. This was hugely popular amongst local parents who have expressed a wish for longer courses to be offered.

More recently Ham Youth Club are hosting a Street Dance Class for students after school. With the summer holidays fast approaching Grey Court will continue to support Extended Schools across the Quindrat throughout 2010 and 2011.

The Core Offer of Extended Schools is designed to:

  • Bring together and extend existing practice 
  • Encourage partnership and collaborative working 
  • Allow a holistic approach for children and families 
  • Deliver the Every Child Matters outcomes 

Community Access - Opening the doors to the community.

Schools should ensure they provide community access to appropriate facilities, such as ICT suites, sports and arts facilities, and also to adult learning.

Benefits

  • Potential for schools to earn revenue 
  • Community benefits from local access to leisure and sports activities, further education and vocational classes 
  • In some schools, GPs surgeries and other services have been set up 

Parenting Support - helping parents engage with their children's learning by offering support where needed.

Schools should provide access to parenting support, including information sessions around transition, signposting to services, parenting groups and family learning sessions.

Benefits

  • Are better equipped to engage with and support their children’s learning 
  • Families are better supported, which can improve outcomes for pupils, including their readiness to learn 

Swift & Easy Access - Working in partnership to ensure the well-being of all children.

Swift and easy access begins with preventative work to ensure the health and well-being of all pupils. For children with additional needs, schools should work closely with multi-agency or locality teams developed under the children's trust arrangements to ensure that these are identified and supported in school as early as possible. In more serious cases, the child or young person will need to be referred to services outside the school. In those cases, effective SEA arrangements will ensure timely and accurate assessment, referral and intervention, and good links between the child, family, school and the service providers concerned.

Benefits

  • SEA is crucial to ensure the ECM outcomes for all pupils. Effective SEA means barriers to learning are addressed and pupils are able to achieve their full potential 

Varied Menu of Activities - Giving children a choice of opportunities to enjoy and excel outside of the classroom.

Schools should offer access to a varied menu of study support activities, including: ‘Catch up’ and ‘stretch’ activities; homework clubs, Arts activities, e.g. dance, drama, arts and crafts, sports activities (at least two hours a week for those who want it), other recreational activities, e.g.. special-interest clubs, music tuition, modern foreign languages, volunteering, business and enterprise activities, visits to museums and galleries.

Benefits

  • For children and young people to reach their full potential they need a positive approach to learning and school and the opportunity to play sport, engage in arts and drama, volunteer and make creative useof ICT before and after school. 
  • Study support, covering learning activities that take place out of school hours, helps to improve young people's motivation, build their self-esteem and help them to become more effective learners. Above all, it aims to raise achievement and can also boost motivation, improve attendance rates and reduce levels of exclusions.