Our Vision

To be a truly inclusive school community where the needs of all learners are met within a stimulating and challenging learning environment which is underpinned by Christian values.

Our Aims

Our aims correspond to the 5 outcomes of Every Child matters.
All pupils will:

  • Have a sense of well-being – physically, mentally and spiritually.

  • Feel happy, safe and secure within the school environment.

  • Be motivated to become life-long learners and achieve high standards.

  • Respect themselves, others and the environment and take responsibility for making positive contribution within the community.

  • Achieve the skills to be flexible and adaptable to change with a long-term view of earning a living in the 21st century in a multi-cultural society.

Our Goals

  • All pupils are literate, numerate and competent in ICT.

  • All pupils make significant progress and reach their potential.

  • Pupils’ achievement is in line with or above similar schools nationally.

  • Aspirational targets are met.

  • All pupils feel valued.

  • Pupils are confident learners, can express their views and know that it’s OK to make mistakes.

  • All pupils know success.

  • All pupils have high self-esteem.

  • No pupil fears bullying and know that unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated.

  • There is a strong, supportive, inclusive culture and ethos.

  • All pupils and staff have high expectations.

  • All teaching is good or better and takes account of different learning styles.

  • All classrooms environments support pupils’ learning.

  • The clear vision and sense of purpose of the Senior Leadership Team is shared with all stakeholders.

  • Leadership and Management is distributed to Team Leaders and core Subject Leaders.

  • CPD is an integral part of the new Performance Management Structure.

  • Governors receive information on curriculum matters through reports from Curriculum Leaders at governors’ meetings in order to facilitate their monitoring and evaluation role.

About Our Academy

For most of their time in the Academy, children work with their own class teacher. Their work will be based on policies and programmes which have been agreed by the whole staff, which take into account both national and LA guidelines. Teachers plan the details in small teams and these will change according to the needs of the children concerned. All our current policies and schemes of work are available for viewing by parents. Please ask at the Main Office. A summary document explain how and what we teach can be downloaded here.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Children in the reception class follow the EYFS statutory framework which comprises of 7 areas of learning:

  • Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

  • Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

  • Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

  • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

  • Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

  • Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

  • Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

The Curriculum in Years 1 to 6

The new National Curriculum is being gradually introduced over the next two years in maintained schools. As an Academy, we are not required to follow the National Curriculum and so we have reviewed the content of what we teach in order to ensure our curriculum meets the needs of all of our learners.  Our Curriculum, which retains some elements of the National Curriculum particularly in English and Mathematics, is based on the Primary Curriculum designed on the basis of the recommendations of Jim Rose and aims to ensure that are children develop to become:

  • Successful learners

  • Confident individuals

  • Responsible citizens

The subjects and areas of learning that make up the our Curriculum are:

  • Understanding the arts (Art and Design and Music)

  • Understanding English, communication and languages (English and Modern Foreign Languages – taught through French in Key Stage 2)

  • Historical, geographical and social understanding (History, Geography and Citizenship)

  • Mathematical understanding

  • Understanding physical development, health and wellbeing (Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education)

  • Scientific and technological understanding (Science, Design and Technology and Information and Communication Technology/Computer Studies)

  • Religious Education

Our learning is linked wherever possible in order to teach our children the essential understanding, knowledge and skills for learning and life.  At the heart of our approach is a focus on communication skills.  As an accredited ESCAL Communication Friendly School, we aim that all children at Porter Croft learn to be articulate and literate in order to help them:

  • Enjoy life

  • Think

  • Communicate

  • Participate

  • Aspire and achieve 

The Academy opens to pupils at 8.45 am and children are welcomed into their classroom from this time. The formal Academy day starts promptly with registration at 8.55 am. It is very important that children are present at the start of the first lesson so that valuable learning time is not lost.

8.45am Academy opens to pupils
8.55am Start of the Academy Day – Registration
10.20 – 10.35am Morning Break
11.45am F2 and KS1 Lunch Break Begins
12.00 noon KS2 Lunch Break Begins
12.45 pm Afternoon session begins for F2 and KS1
1.00pm Afternoon session begins for KS2
3.15pm End of the Academy Day


The actual amount of teaching time each week (excluding assemblies, registration and breaktimes) is 22 hours for Infants and 23 hours for Juniors.

We offer Breakfast Club and After School Club every day.

Breakfast club starts at 8.00 am and finishes at the start of school and is charged at £1.00 per pupil per day.

After school club is available from 3.15 pm until 5.30 pm and is £7.50, we do offer a sibling discount.

Please click on the link below for further information and pricing structure




Most of our children have a cooked dinner. Our meals are cooked at another site and are transported to the Academy in thermal containers. The meals are of a high standard with two choices (including a vegetarian meal) provided everyday. Halal meals are also available three times per week (A copy of the menu is available from the Main Office). Meals are eaten in the Main Hall. Children may go home for lunch or bring a packed lunch. If you would like to know about free meals, please contact the Main Office. Payment for school meals should be in advance each week or daily, meals cost £2.00 per day (as at September 2016).


Milk is free to all children under five and also to children who receive free school meals. For any other children who would like milk, there is a charge per term. Please enquire at the Main Office if you would like your child to have milk everyday.

Healthy Eating

We strongly encourage healthy eating in our Academy and we are a recognised Enhanced Healthy School. Children may often be involved in healthy eating and dental projects. We encourage children to bring healthy snacks, such as fruit and vegetables, to eat during break if they wish. Sweets and chewing gum are not allowed in the Academy.

All Foundation and Key Stage 1 children receive a free piece of fruit every day.

There is a daily act of worship at 2.50pm. Each day has a different style and pattern.

Monday An assembly for all classes, usually led by the Headteacher. There will be a story or presentation and prayers on a termly theme.
Tuesday An assembly for all classes, usually led by the Deputy Headteacher. There will be a story or presentation and prayers on a termly theme.
Wednesday An assembly for all classes led by one of the clergy from one of our supporting churches and one of our Governors or the Headteacher.
Thursday A class led assembly and/or an assembly led by a class teacher. Each class has the opportunity to make a presentation to the rest of the school. This may be about work they have been doing or about a topical issue or story. Parents are invited to this assembly.
Friday A celebration of Achievement for all classes. A small number of children from each class who have worked particularly well show their work to everyone else.

Our assemblies are open to all children and we encourage all families to allow their children into the assembly each day. Of course, parents do have the right to ask that their children be withdrawn from our Wednesday assemblies. In such rare cases we do ask the parents to come into the Academy and talk through any concerns with the Headteacher.

Mrs Cath ThomasHeadteacher
Miss Sarah HolmanDeputy Headteacher
Miss Heidi CroddenFoundation 2 Teacher
Miss Emma HookY1 Teacher
Mrs Sarah DohertyY2 Teacher
Miss Rebecca HockingSenco
Mr Sam BirtwistleY3 Teacher
Mrs Hannah RayY4 Teacher
Mr Sam SchorbY5 Teacher
Mr John JonesY6 Teacher
Mrs Eleanor LongLearning Mentor
Mrs Helen GoddardHigher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Carole BlinstonTeaching Assistant
Mrs Sarah HoseyTeaching Assistant
Mr Sadullah KhanTeaching Assistant
Miss Anita SmithTeaching Assistant
Mrs Suzanne NielsonTeaching Assistant
Miss Sara TriggTeaching Assistant
Mrs Stella TynanTeaching Assistant
Miss Nicky MoorhouseTeaching Assistant
Mrs Susan ScarrattTeaching Assistant
Mr Joe Haughton-MalikTeaching Assistant
Miss Kimberley JollyTeaching Assistant
Mrs Angela AloyanLunch Time Supervisor, After School and Breakfast Club Worker
Miss Fiona LindenstruthLunch Time Supervisor, After School and Breakfast Club worker
Mrs Zainab MohammedLunch Time Supervisor
Mrs Amarjit KaurLunch Time Supervisor
Miss Simaran UppalLunch Time Supervisor
Mrs Sarah MoxonSchool Manager
Miss Denise HaleAdmin Assistant
Mrs Caroline HartleyAdmin Assistant
Mr Brendan CarpenterBuildings Officer
Rev Karen CribbFoundation Governor (Chair)
To be confirmedVice Chair
Vacant PositionFoundation Governor
Mrs Penny BickleyFoundation Governor
Canon Mike WestFoundation Governor
Rev Claire DawsonFoundation Governor/Incumbent
Mrs Viv SmithFoundation Governor
Mr Fred ButlinFoundation Governor
Mrs Cath ThomasHeadteacher
Mr Abdool GooljarLEA
Mrs Mags KellyParent Governor
Mrs Harriet SutcliffeParent Governor
To be confirmedStaff Governor
Miss Sarah HolmanAssociate Governor
Mrs Sarah MoxonAssociate Governor


Our Governors

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