The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Hythe Community Primary School is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.
Hythe Community Primary School
Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles
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“ At The Hythe we are
passionate about everyone
achieving their best, staff as
well as children.”
– Amy Peart, head teacher
The children’s fun designs for our play areas
stimulate imaginations as well as supporting learning
The Hythe School is a happy, vibrant and nurturing place to
learn. We are proud to be at the heart of our community
and we have a strong reputation as an inclusive school. Our
school motto is “Learning for Life”; we want our children to achieve
their best, have a desire for learning, have respect for themselves,
others and the world around them, and to have the motivation to
challenge themselves, celebrate success and learn from mistakes.
In January 2013, I became head teacher at The Hythe School, having previously
been deputy head and before that a member of the Key Stage 2 teaching team.
Alongside the senior leadership team, I have high expectations of both the staff
and the children.
We are a growing school, expanding to accommodate two-form entry throughout.
We currently have 11 mainstream classes, a specialist LAN provision (the Harbour
Centre) catering for 14 Key Stage 2 children with moderate learning difficulties, and
a COIN centre for Key Stage 1 children. We also manage a Sure Start Children’s
Centre (The Haven) supporting families with children from pregnancy to age 11.
Our teaching and support teams work closely with families and governors, the Sure
Start Children’s Centre (The Haven), and with other local schools from the North
Runnymede Learning Partnership (NRLP). We actively engage with all 11 of the
NRLP schools, including secondary provision, on a regular basis in order to develop
our practice through training and collaborative work, enhancing our teachers’
experience and tackling broader educational issues. Alongside this we are also an
accredited teacher training provider with the University of Roehampton, sharing
expertise and fresh ideas, and providing opportunities to rejuvenate staff outlook.
»Head teacher: Amy Peart
»Founded circa 1885
»Based in Staines, Middlesex
»Type of school: Community
»No. of pupils: Currently 344,
rising to approximately 440
»Outstanding LAN centre
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Our children come from a wide
range of ethnic backgrounds and for
approximately 19 per cent of pupils
English is an additional language; 72
per cent are of white British heritage.
The proportion of children eligible for
free school meals is broadly average
(around 10 per cent). The Hythe has a
nurturing and inclusive ethos, ensuring
our children interact together very well
in a vibrant, happy community.
Progress in maths at Key Stage 1
was significantly above the national
average and within the top ten per
cent in the country for middle and
high prior attainers at KeyStage1.
Progress in writing at KeyStage2
paints a similar picture, with
disadvantaged pupils also achieving
better results. This year we want to
ensure that an increased proportion of
pupils achieve greater depth in writing
Everything that we do at The Hythe is
influenced by our three core values:
Include – supporting all our pupils
to achieve their potential. We have a
strong reputation for being an inclusive
school and this is supported by our
Inclusion Quality Mark awarded in2015.
Inspire – motivating and challenging
our children to explore their talents
and realise their dreams.
Invest – helping our future citizens
make a positive contribution to their
community and to society.
Our pupils have taken these values to
heart and proudly share them with
their families and our community.
Each class elects representatives to our
Junior Leadership team and know that
they have a say in school life and are
listened to. We are incredibly lucky to
have a fantastic amount of outdoor
space. The children have helped us
shape how this looks: introducing
an all-weather sports court, outdoor
learning environments and designing a
fun and colourful trim trail. These are
stimulating and inspiring.
Alongside our rounded curriculum,
thecore values underpin how we
support the children’s personal
development, welfare and progression
throughout their time at The Hythe.
Assemblies, events, lesson plans and
off-site trips are always linked to
one or more of these values and the
children will always know which of the
core values is demonstrated. Growth
mindset is one of our priorities; we
celebrate the children’s successes and
encourage them to learn from their Expert teaching of
road safety is one of
the many life skills that
enrich our curriculum
Volunteers in school
support and enhance
learning in a variety of
do at The Hythe
our three core
values: Include –
Inspire – Invest
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mistakes. Weencourage volunteers
from all walks of life to visit the school.
Some help instil a love of reading
through our Book Buddy initiative and
others are inspiring examples of what
the children can aspire to.
We schedule themed weeks focusing
on particular subjects: for example
science, road safety, anti-bullying,
democracy and well-being. We
enjoy strong links with a number
of local community organisations
and businesses, which often provide
inspiring and challenging resources
to support the themes. In our recent
Science Week, Royal Holloway
University post-graduates talked to
year 6 about particle physics, and
management teams from local British
Gas offices presented workshops to
KeyStage2 on energy efficiency.
Excitingly, we also “borrowed the
moon” that week, allowing the
children to see samples of moon
rock and minerals brought back to
earth by NASA’s Apollo astronauts.
In our Democracy Week, the curator
and volunteers connected to Egham
Museum presented an assembly about
the suffrage movement alongside
visits from our mayor and the Lord-
In every classroom, the teacher works
alongside a learning support assistant
and the whole school is supported
by additional specialist support staff:
a learning mentor and an emotional
literacy support assistant. We have
clear processes in place with a focus
on continual professional development
at all levels to improve school
performance. We want the best for
our team, including non-curriculum-
based staff, and it is important that
we invest in high-quality, targeted
and needs-led professional training
and development. I believe that
proper investment in our staff is the
most successful and effective way to
ensure robust teaching, policies and
procedures and to raise standards.
Our latest Ofsted report acknowledges
that our “senior leadership team
work together superbly, sharing
responsibilities effectively while
ensuring a consistency of approach
that supports the smooth running of
them to learn
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review
This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.
In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.
We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.
With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.
And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.
As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.