We received some lovely comments from parents, carers and pupils on May 20th which was Thank a Teacher Day - "Thank you to all the staff at Niton Primary, but especially Mr Woodhouse, Mrs Tapper, Mrs Reddecliff and Mrs B. Ellen and Polly are missing school so much." - "A huge thanks to everyone working so hard at Niton. A special shout out to Mr Woodhouse who has been there constantly on google classroom to help when needed and for setting such brilliant and fun lessons! The phone call home too was really appreciated and made M’s day to speak with him! It’s really lovely to be part of such a caring school." - "Thank you to all the staff who are working hard to keep our kids safe and for providing work and support during this tough time. A special thanks to Mrs Martin, Noah’s teacher." - "A massive thank you to all the staff at Niton who make life so special and memorable for all children. Thank you also for your support during the current period, you're all doing a fantastic job in difficult circumstances. On a personal note, a big thanks to Mrs Patching. Jack says- "Thank you Mrs Patching for all you've done and for setting us some really nice work" " - "Thank you to Mrs Martin and Mrs Glover for their continued support. “I miss my friends, Mrs Martin and Mr Wheeler” from Dan." - "Thank you to everybody at Niton Primary who help and support our family. "Mrs Patching will always be my favourite teacher, but Mr Woodhouse is pretty cool too! Mrs Turner is always really smiley and I miss seeing her" from Bea. "I want to say thank you to Mrs Patching, love Annie" and finally "Mrs Wall was a brilliant teacher and always so kind to me" from an ex pupil." - "Thank you Mrs Patching for your continued support, encouragement and hard work, not only at this time but from September. Noah has benefitted hugely from your guidance, as I’m sure many others have and for this we will always be grateful. Keep smiling." - "We’re lucky with such fab teachers and support staff at our lovely school - thank you all." - "Thank you to all at Niton Primary School, especially Mrs Patching and Miss Burton for their hard work and support. The kids miss you lots!" - "Every teacher - past and present, for both of my children have been brilliant, and I’m grateful to them all. However Mrs Glover still holds the record for James’ favourite teacher EVER!" - "Thank you to Mr Woodhouse and Mrs Fuller for your great support & resources for Kai and Zac during this difficult time." - "Thank you to all the teachers and support staff." - "Thank you Mrs Martin, Mrs Patching, all teachers and all Niton Primary amazing caring staff for looking after our learning and wellbeing from Matteo and Marco." - "Thanks to all the staff at Niton Primary, especially Miss Burton for keeping the class busy during lockdown."

Partnerships

Niton Primary School

Partnership Information

  • We have a partnership with the University of Chichester and take students for work experience. Chichester also support as our ITT accreditation provider on the Aspire School Direct Programme
  • The Executive Headteacher is a Local Leader in Education.
  • We work with the Island Sports Partnership for school sport and enter a wide range of both competitive and non-competitive sports. This year we have competed in 21 different events
  • We are involved in cross competitions and festivals – music festivals, athletics competitions, netball and football tournaments and matches
  • Our Reception staff across the Federation are involved in EYFS standards and moderation events within the cluster but also across the Island. We are currently being moderated for EYFS outcomes this year.

In more detail ……

Cornerstone Federation

The Cornerstone Federation  was established in June 2016. The aim was to bring together the two schools (Niton and The Bay) to strength leadership, share best practice and learn from each other. The Federation will enable us to work closely  together to support each other’s professional learning. We have established a calendar of training across the two schools which also includes moderation activities.

The Federation aims to organise a variety of professional learning opportunities linked to the teaching school at a range of school venues. It aims to offer sustained learning opportunities through a mix of expert input, action research and school to school enquiry.

Sporting Links

We have a range of links to local and national partnerships including the Every Girl Can Initiative. We participate in all competitions ranging from football to archery, badminton to tennis. The school has gained the Activemark Gold award this year as a result developed links with the following clubs

Ventnor Tennis Club

Ventnor Ruby Club

Island Athletics – 32 children took part in the recent Cross Country Championships

Ryde Table Tennis Club

Island Games

Cluster events for 12 different sports

Ventnor Early Help Centre

We are member of the Ventnor Early Help Cluster enabling the school to sign post parents to access specialist and universal parenting and child support

Traffic Management Scheme / Sustrans

We have been awarded our Sustrans Active Crew Bronze award to promote active travel. The school is also part of the local 20’s plenty scheme to reduce travel speed in the Village.

Isle of Wight Music, Dance and Drama Festival

17 pupils entered the IOW Music, Drama and Dance festival.  14 finished with merit awards or higher – two were judged best in class.

Links to the Uplands Primary School / Forest Schools Alliance Bracknell

As part of the Cornerstone Federation, we have developed links with Uplands Primary School, a NCSL Teaching School. Initially we will be leading on a variety of NCSL leadership programmes, prioritising staff across the two schools and in our cluster.

School Direct – ITT Partnership

Since September 2013 The Bay has been the lead school for School Direct ITT provision on the Island. The programme has successfully recruited and trained 18 trainee teachers. In collaboration with Chichester University and colleague Headteachers the programme has been robustly quality assured. This has been achieved through triangulated moderation of the quality of the trainees and their mentors.

95% of the trainees who qualified through the programme were judged to be good or better and were successful in securing teaching posts on the Island. 100% of the first two cohorts are on track to or have successfully completed their NQT year. Niton joined the programme in September 2015 and has benefited by working with students.

In addition to our School Direct links we also have links to the University of Chichester to support their education faculty by taking students across KS1 and 2.

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