Organisation & Philosophy
St Peter's Junior School is situated in Ruddington which is a large suburban "village" south of Nottingham with a good cross section of community and a range of housing which includes council and private property. Originally built as a secondary school the building has subsequently been converted for primary usage. It has two floors and excellent facilities, including a large hall, permanent stage, separate dining room, large classrooms, an outdoor base and dedicated PPA/resource areas. The school stands in very large open playing fields with excellent sporting provision and possesses its own nature reserve area, orchard, numerous trees and other attractive environmental features. Most recently we have been in the fortunate position of being able to provide every pupil in Years 4,5 and 6 with their own dedicated iPad for school use.
The school has a population of approximately 365 pupils. Currently, there are twelve full time teaching members of staff, operating in four Year Groups. There are additional Teaching Assistants employed for children with Special Needs and to support class teachers. The school also enjoys part-time input from a range of peripatetic music teachers and Spanish teachers from Rushcliffe School.
We have an excellent tradition in a wide range of sporting activities both in terms of participation and achievement. In recent years we have excelled at hockey, athletics, cross-country, football, rounders and many other areas. Our girl’s football team played in the National 7-a-side football finals at Aston Villa in May 2014 and later competed in the National Cricket Finals at Edgbaston where we were runners up.
The school operates an open door policy and has excellent working relationships with its parents who are encouraged to come into school to help with a whole range of activities and to participate fully in the education of their children. It has a Friends of School charity which provides social opportunities for staff and families to interact as well as organising fund raising events.
St Peter’s has a supportive and well informed Governing Body which works closely with the Head and Staff and takes a full and interested role in the life of the school.
Most recently we have been focussing on increasing the proportion of outstanding teaching across the school supported by the use of tablet technology and ‘talk-less teaching’. School Development Plan priorities also involve ensuring every child is a reader, assessment, and continuing to develop outdoor learning opportunities. We have a school linking programme with a school in Mumbai, India. To date, five members of staff have visited Mumbai and we hope there will be further visits in the near future.
The ethos of the school is one that focusses on the very wide range of pupil needs that we find in the school. It may be summarised in our three school rules - to be kind and thoughtful, always show excellent manners and to do our best. We strive to ensure that every child is offered a wide range of opportunities and experiences that enable him/her to fulfil their potential, to become responsible participating citizens and to achieve a satisfying and worthwhile future for themselves. In short, St Peter’s is ‘A Place for All to Flourish’.