Our Learning Environment
We are extremely fortunate to have a large and spacious building with excellent indoor and outdoor learning environments.
All our classrooms are bright and well maintained, providing a good working environment for everyone. We have a wide range of ICT facilities including computers, laptops, ipads and interactive whiteboards, ensuring access to up to date ICT equipment which enhances teaching and facilitates learning in both ICT and in all other areas of the curriculum.
Our large fully equipped kitchen is used daily and produces healthy lunches for children. An additional kitchen is available for children to take part in cookery activities through out the week.
We have a fully equipped gymnasium, and a hall with lighting and a stage for all our wonderful performances. We also benefit from a fully equipped Art room, ensuring that our children can access all aspects of art, including pottery without worrying about making a mess.
We also have a library stocked with a variety of fiction and non-fiction books where the children can use the PC to scan out books for them to enjoy.
Our outdoor teaching areas include a pond, gardening beds, an outdoor theatre area, trees to climb, picnic tables, a sand pit, and an outdoor climbing frame. These areas are accessed by all of our pupils and are integral to our curriculum.
Reporting on Progress
- Termly parent consultation meetings.
- Celebration assemblies
- Year group assemblies
Every term teachers hold meetings with senior staff to discuss progress. All teachers set yearly targets for pupils in numeracy and literacy. If we feel that insufficient progress is being made then intervention strategies will be put in place and monitored closely. We work closely with parents to share information on pupil progress.
At St Michael's Academy, we recognise the importance of the pupil voice and want to make them part of the decision process. We also believe that providing pupils with opportunities to be involved in responsible ways helps them to learn how to become responsible citizens. The school has an elected School Council and has representatives from each year group. The children meet to put forward new ideas and suggestions, which they feedback to their year groups.
Schools Working Together
St Michael's Academy - Pen Mill Infant and Nursery Academy - Reckleford Community School
As three schools working closely together, we have a strong belief in children needing to feel safe and secure. They need to feel comfortable with adults and trust them and each other. They need to enjoy learning, and be involved in their own learning. We have high expectations of all children and adults within our community and aim for a “can do” culture, in which all is possible.
As part of this commitment we ensure that your child has a confident, meaningful and enjoyable transition when moving between the schools. Several activities are planned and prepared jointly over the course of a year to make the children feel at home before they move up to the next stage of their education.
We strongly believe in the Every Child Matters Agenda and our three schools are committed to the following values:
Provide and continually develop an environment in which the well being and strengths of all children and adults are nurtured, enabling everyone to develop a strong self esteem and to feel a valued and active member of society.
Provide an environment in which rich and varied experiences enable individual learning styles to develop making learning purposeful, motivational, real, fun and available to all.
Provide an environment in which health and well being are embedded in every aspect of school life. That everyone develops care and respect for the environment and each other. And that the wider world is at the core of the community.
Encourage partnerships with the child’s family, involving them in the learning process as early as, and for as long as possible.