We as a school want the very best life enhancing outcomes. Sometimes these will be accreditation, sometimes accomplishments like singing or artwork, sometimes participation in sport.
In addition we have commitment to have high expectations regarding literacy, numeracy, ICT and PSHE.
At NRCS we believe teaching will be enhanced and improved with accurate monitoring and effective performance management alongside appropriate professional development.
These need to be closely matched to the outcomes of our pupils and alongside the needs of the school and staff.
1. PIVATS – Provides North Ridge Community School with an assessment framework for our pupils 3-19 in the core areas of literacy and numeracy. To ensure every pupil is making the best possible progress, we can set challenging targets and track against them, and we can have a whole-school picture.
2. Outcome Star – NRCS staff were keen to ensure we assessed pupils whose care and support might be of concern as much as their academic outcomes. We decided to have a key member of staff trained in the use of Outcome Stars. The Outcomes Star™ is a unique suite of tools for supporting and measuring change when working with people.
3. CPOMS – North Ridge Community School staff wanted to ensure we have a single recording, reporting and assessment tool for Safeguarding. We have therefore investigated this and purchased a system called CPOMS. We wanted a user friendly, secure system that responds quickly, alerts us to connections or patterns and supports our CAF and child protection report writing. CPOMS does all this. We introduced CPOMS this year and are pleased so far with the programme. Keeping accurate records is a key aspect of safeguarding work and CPOMS makes this easy. All incidents can be recorded with their following actions and all documents attached, this allows us to monitor students closely and provides easy access when we have an issue or a query from another agency.
North Ridge Community School caters for pupils from the ages of three to nineteen with severe learning difficulties.
Working alongside a range of professionals, we endeavour to meet the individual needs of all our pupils. We offer a broad, balanced and vibrant curriculum, with high expectations for all pupils and staff. Strong links with the local community and mainstream schools further enrich the educational opportunities available to our pupils. Creativity is at the heart of everything we do!
The school is organised into three distinct phases. Early Years and Primary, for pupils in Reception and Key Stage one and two, Secondary, for students in Key Stage three and four and Sixth Form, for students in our further education unit. Careful design and planning of the school ensure a distinctive and appropriate ethos exists in each, together with progression in the design and content of the curriculum to meet the changing needs of our children and young people as they grow up.