The Foundry Primary Curriculum is broad, balanced, relevant and challenging. It reflects the needs, interests and abilities of our pupils. It meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, using the Chris Quigley School Essentials, which allows for a creative approach to learning. Foundry recognises that some children require a period of stability, allowing them to acquire skills for learning and self-regulation strategies.
Our teaching methods recognise the need for pupils to acquire essential characteristics of good learners, such as independence, resilience and reflectivity. This is achieved by including areas such as Personal and Social Development and Health Education and by placing an appropriate emphasis on the development of communication, in its widest sense, across the curriculum.
Organisation and Planning
All pupils follow an induction process to produce baseline assessment material which provides pupils with a personalised learning journey, ensuring that their time at Foundry supports their educational and emotional needs. We use a range of assessment tools to inform teaching, for example:
- GL Assessment Spelling and Reading
- Lexia – Literacy and Reading
- Salford / Vernon
- ARE Assessments (eg Twinkle, Math’s Seeds) These assessments, which are repeated termly, allow teachers to formulate individual learning plans, and set smart, measureable, achievable and realistic targets. At Foundry, we believe that subject knowledge is not always learned in isolation and teaching therefore combines curricular areas linked together by a common topic. Where subjects are taught in isolation, links are drawn out and emphasised. Both methods enable pupils to apply knowledge, skills and understanding taught in one context in a new area, thereby allowing pupils to become more reflective in their learning and developing their problem solving skills.
“You care deeply about the pupils and are determined to make sure that your school provides the nurturing environment that they need.”
“Pupils are happy at your school, they say that there is always someone to talk to and that their views are valued. Parents and carers praise the improvements in their children’s behaviour and attitudes to learning.”
“You and your team are acutely aware of the importance of ensuring that every pupil is safeguarded from harm.”
Student Outcomes 2018-19
The Staff and Management Committee are delighted to celebrate the results of our 2018-2019 cohort.
Foundry College is more than a school where staff deliver the curriculum. We are an environment where pupils are able to learn for life through a wealth of different experiences and enrichment opportunities. Staff support our pupils not only as highly qualified experts in their different curriculum fields, but also as daily mentors. Our educational expertise, personal commitment and dedication to improving the life experiences of vulnerable young people make significant contributions to building pupils' resilience and fostering a culture of mutual respect and co-operation.
Our primary focus is to work hard with pupils to help them secure the best outcomes they can and to improve their chance of success in further education, training or employment.
One student was eligible for KS1 SATs and was assessed to be at the National standard.
One of two students eligible for KS2 SATs was assessed to be at the National standard. The second student was disapplied by their home school.
The summer 2019 cohort once again exceeded realistic expectation with 15 of 19 students achieving at least one level 2 qualification.
All 19 students were entered for a qualification in both English and Maths, with 9 students achieving GCSE passes in each subject and 7 students achieving passes in both GCSE English and GCSE Maths. 8 students were entered for double Science, with 7 students achieving at least one grade 4 and 4 students achieving passes in both GCSEs.
Qualifications were also obtained in a further thirteen other subjects, including a range of traditional academic GCSEs and a selection of vocational options.
Thank you to everyone involved in the partnership without which these excellent outcomes for our pupils would not have been possible.
Miss Jay Blundell— Headteacher
Headteacher: Miss Jay Blundell
Tel: 0118 334 1510