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Camphill Primary School, Ballymena
Please note - the email @info. address will not be responded to until Mon. 20th April as the office is now closed. | Please read Mrs McMaster's 'note' to parents in the Home Learning page under 'General ideas' - posted 1st April. | Remember to send us your Sustrans activity weekly pictures to our info@ email address! Mrs McCullagh will be adding these pictures to the website every week! | Home Learning update - As it is now the Easter Holidays we want everyone to take a break from their work! The teachers have been great giving you all lots of ideas on our HOME LEARNING webpage and have given you all an Easter activity to complete - enjoy! They will be back on your HOME LEARNING page on Monday 20th April. | IMPORTANT UPDATE! CAMPHILL PS IS CLOSED! - Critical 'Key Worker' school provision is now provided by 'hubs' - see letter below in 'NEWS'. It is now essential that we protect everyone within our local community - please follow government guidelines and practice social distancing.  Keep safe and well. Mrs McMaster. | School is now closed until further notice - contact can be made via the schools email address - Info@camphillps.ballymena.ni.sch.uk during school hours. Please check our website and  'Home Learning' page for updates and resources.
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Inspection Report

In MAY 2017 we were once again inspected through a 'Sustaining Improvement' inspection. 

Key findings were as follows:-

The original inspection in February 2011, evaluated the overall effectiveness of Camphill Primary School as very good. The school took part in the pilot of the sustaining improvement inspection (SII) in June 2014. A second SII was conducted on 31 May 2017.

The inspection focused on evaluating the extent to which the school is capable of demonstrating its capacity to effect improvement through self-evaluation and effective school development planning. The school also provided evidence of provision for safeguarding as part of the inspection.

The lines of inquiry during the SII were:

• developing further the teaching and learning within numeracy with a particular focus on mental mathematics and problem solving; and

• developing effective practice in Physical Education (PE) by enhancing the learning and teaching in PE across the curriculum, in particular, through the World Around Us.

Key findings

• There is a well-embedded culture of self-evaluation at all levels; the senior leadership and co-ordinators monitor and evaluate systematically and rigorously all aspects of the provision and the impact on the children’s learning. The detailed planning for numeracy and PE makes effective connections across the curriculum to link more meaningfully the children’s learning experiences. The staff have undertaken relevant, associated staff development to build continuity, progression and challenge in both numeracy and PE; the co-ordinators’ detailed evaluations of learning and teaching inform accurately subsequent actions for improvement.

• The school gives high priority to the development of the children’s physical and mental health and well-being through a wide range of planned curricular programmes and after-school activities.

 

 

Back in June 2014 we participated in a 'Sustaining Improvement' Inspection. The key findings in June 2014 were the following:-

In the original inspection held in February 2011, Camphill Primary School was evaluated overall as very good. The school has now, in June 2014, had a Sustaining Improvement Inspection which requires the school to demonstrate that it is sustaining improvement, improving provision and raising standards through effective school development planning.

Since the last inspection, a new principal and vice-principal have been appointed.

Key Findings

There is clear evidence of significant progress being made in the key priorities set out in the school development plan. These include improvements in the range and standards of the children's writing and the development of children's thinking skills through a more focused approach to the teaching of mathematical processes. The provision for pastoral care in the school has also been enhanced by the appointment of a full-time family worker who is also a member of the school's safeguarding team.

The school has a rigorous and honest culture of self-evaluation leading to improvement, which involves all members of the school community. The school presented a wide range of evidence to demonstrate clearly how their evaluations of the children's learning and their effective use of internal data have led to changes in learning and teaching which have impacted positively on the provision and the outcomes for all the children.

Conclusion

Camphill Primary School continues to demonstrate its capacity for sustained self-improvement.

Please see the ETI website for full inspection reports - February 2011, June 2014 & May 2017.