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Denmead Junior School

Denmead Junior School

Building Success, Inspiring Curiosity

Community Links and Partnerships

Community Links

As part of our drive to become an ‘outward facing’ school, we are actively involved in a number of local initiatives. From choir performances at local care homes and Remembrance Day events to being part of the Denmead Business forum and getting involved in Dementia Friendly action planning, DJS continues to grow and strengthen our links with the Denmead Community.

Now firmly established in the school calendar are:

Denmead Dinosaur Derby 

Usually the second Sunday in September.  These hugely popular local event is run by Denmead scouts.  Since 2017 the school has supported this event with an activity stall run by our school Ambassadors.

Denmead Junior School Christmas Fair

Usually held immediately after school on a Friday night.  Open to everyone in the community to spread Christmas cheer and to raise money for the school.

The Pantaloons Outdoor Theatre Performance at Denmead Junior School

Held on Midsummer’s night and open to everyone in the community, bring a picnic, chairs and rugs and settle in for excellent theatrical entertainment. Children are free.  This event was introduced by the school to celebrate its Ofsted inspection and its ‘Good’ grading in 2016.  So far we have enjoyed Chaucer’s tales, Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Importance of being Earnest and Sense and Sensibility. Find out more about the fabulous company via their Pantaoons website

Denmead schools (Infant and Junior) Summer Fair

Usually held one Saturday afternoon in late June/early July.  Open to everyone in the community to enjoy an afternoon of children friendly activities, (bouncy castles, slides, go carts, horse and cart rides), stalls to buy gifts, and plenty of food and drink. This is the school's big fund raising activity of the year.

Denmead Glo-ride

A fantastic event launched last year here at DJS, local residents were invited to decorate their bikes and mobility scooters and come and ride around the school and on our new running path. More details from: Event Organiser website 

 

Other links both local and further afield include:

  • Partnership work with Denmead Infant School
  • The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) – The School Partnership Programme
  • EEF – Achievement for All Programme
  • The Art of Brilliance – DJS’s bid to be ‘a Brilliantly Happy School’ (along with 7 other local schools)
  • Solent Teaching Alliance  - our local Teaching School
  • University of Winchester – student teachers
  • University of Chichester – student teachers
  • University of Portsmouth – action research into Growth Mindsets
  • University of Winchester – QMLSL (Quality Mark of Leadership – training for Senior Leaders; facilitated by DJS’s Head Teacher)
  • Local Leader of Education – Elaine Viner - Head Teacher - is deployed via the Solent Teaching Alliance
  • The Cowplain Cluster of local schools
  • Denmead Business Forum member
  • All Saints Church in Denmead

 

Schools Partnership Programme 2018-2020

Together we are taking part in a nationwide research trial of over 500 schools funded through the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) to see if a partnership based approach to school improvement , organised through the Schools Partnership Programme,  builds the capacity and capability across schools for self-sustaining school improvement.

For further information please follow the link

We have joined forces with the following local schools to form a partnership:

  • Padnell Junior School
  • Purbrook Park Junior School
  • Clanfield Junior School
  • St Albans Primary
  • Denmead Junior School

This partnership was formed in March 2018 and over the course of the next two years schools will:

  • review in depth an area of each other’s school and practice (twice);
  • undertake bespoke training, following each review (delivered by the ‘Improvement Champions’ within the partnership)
  • Undertake Impact and Support Workshop training organised by SPP
  • meet regularly to review this ongoing process
  • Undergo an evaluation process with a third party (deployed by EEF to measure the outcomes of the programme)

In March 2018 we formulated the following shared goals under the SPP headings for the first year of the programme:

Collaborative school improvement

Culture of Shared responsibility

Open and Transparent systems and processes

Pupil outcomes

A vested interest in each other’s results

Trust in the partnership

Strengths and skills database/spreadsheet

Individual schools have set their own pupil outcomes around the following areas:

Less need to ‘gap’ fill in upper schools

Progress of disadvantaged children

Increased aspirations for all children

Improved behaviours for learning

Peer Review set up and beginning to make a difference

Growth mindsets shared

Individual school improvement priorities shared and an awareness of these

Increase in trust between the schools

Being honest with each other

Time set aside for the partnership to join together as well as whole school staff

Something for all teachers to engage in with the cluster

Take responsibility

To look at a possible shared model for performance management

 

Understand that this is different from an Ofsted or Hampshire LLRP review for example

 

 

Ongoing staff development 

As part of the school’s policy to reach out and support others we continue to develop our staff's skills and experience.

Elaine Viner – ILM Level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring Qualification – April 2017

Elaine Viner - LLE accreditation April 2018. Local Leaders of Education (LLE) are serving headteachers who have the capacity and capability to make a significant contribution to supporting schools in their local area. As part of the DfE’s move to establish a self-improving, school-led system, teaching schools now have the freedom to recruit and designate school leaders in this role. Solent Teaching Alliance Leaders

Joy Painting – Masters in Outdoor Learning – September 2017

Jo Marks – studying for SLE accreditation to support schools in Maths development. Specialist leaders of education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders with a particular area of expertise and the skills to develop the leadership capacity of colleagues in similar positions in other schools.  We have five SLEs in our alliance, but are currently recruiting more.

 

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