Belgrave St. Peter's is a vibrant, multicultural, voluntary aided Church of England primary school a few miles north of Leicester City centre and next to a large interchange on the ring road. The present building was completed in the 1970's and occupies a spacious site including a playing field and woodland area, with recent additions and improvements making it a pleasant place to work in. There is no designated catchment area but most pupils live relatively close to the school where there is a mixture of large, modern local authority estates and older urban environment.
The school serves an area of some socio-economic disadvantage, with an increasing number of pupils arriving from overseas. Pupils enter the school significantly below average but leave broadly in line with the National average. There are currently 227 pupils on roll with an increasing number of pupils having English as a second language (30%), Special Educational Needs (14%), and/or eligible to claim free school meals/Pupil Premium (41%). There is a one form entry from Nursery through to year 6. There are currently 32 languages spoken within the school.
The school aims to provide a caring family ethos where pupils can feel secure and confident. Our core Christian Values of Love, Trust, Honesty, Peace and Perseverance are truly embedded in to all areas of school life, as is the Christian Identity drawn through our explicit links with the Life of St. Peter. We see the young St. Peter as a simple man, on a journey to find his faith and trust in God. He, like us, makes mistakes along the way, but is still loved, supported and welcomed.
We have developed a distinctive Christian ethos, whilst simultaneously supporting pupils from a range of cultures and religious backgrounds, and are in the very exciting process of developing a 'New Church' within the fabric of our school building. The Bishop's Mission Order is due to declare 'Belgrave St. Peter's Community Church', as a legal entity on 28th June 2018, with the Bishop, Martyn Snow, coming to proceed over the service.
We recognise the importance of raising pupils’ self-esteem through building relationships based upon mutual respect and care for the needs and rights of others. We aim for children to have high expectations of themselves, a strong sense of self belief, the skills to be good citizens and to have achieved their highest personal standards by the time they leave us.
The school moved from the original Victorian building to its present site in 1974. The building consists of: 4 junior classrooms and a group work room , a large hall (also used as a dining room) a community cookery suite, 2 KS1 classrooms, a large foundation base with its own play area, KS1 and KS2 playgrounds, extensive playing fields, a wildlife area, vegetable gardens, a potential bog garden, woodlands, admin office, SENCO/Deputy Head office, Headteacher's office, spacious corridors including areas assigned for intervention and EAL support and a computer network with internet access.
There are 10 teachers, 15+ teaching assistants, a nursery nurse, a Pastoral Support Mentor, EAL Leader and ICT technician, 3 office staff, a premises officer and 2 cleaners. We all work closely together as a team to achieve high quality education for the children. We have a well established, highly qualified and supportive Governing Body who are helping to secure continued improvement in all areas, most noticeably those identified by Ofsted.
Ofsted June 2016 found the school to be a ‘Good’ School.
The ambitious Headteacher, ably supported by the committed deputy Headteacher, has been successful in improving the quality of teaching and learning and outcomes for pupils since the previous inspection. ·
Governors hold leaders to account effectively. Together, they have an accurate view of the strengths of the school and what needs to be done to improve it further. ·
Pupils make good progress from their different starting points because the quality of teaching is good.
Teaching is good because teachers plan lessons that are well matched to the needs of the pupils.
Leaders check regularly how well pupils are doing. They ensure that pupils receive the additional support they need in order to make progress.
The curriculum promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. Leaders plan learning that will capture the pupils’ interests. Pupils speak knowledgeably about their school’s values.
Pupils behave well. They are polite and courteous to staff and visitors alike. They feel safe in school and they are keen to learn.
Children in the early years get off to a good start in the Nursery because teaching is good and learning activities capture their interests and imagination.
Relationships between staff, governors and pupils are a strength of the school. Our care of our pupils was praised in the most recent inspection report and through professional development, working closely with other primary schools and sharing good practice; we are continuing to improve the quality of teaching throughout the school. Professional development, innovations and continual improvement underpin all that we do. The children are open and friendly and respond well to high expectations of behaviour and work. The parents, without exception, want the very best for their children despite sometimes difficult home circumstances. They work hard with the school to achieve this.