At the Quilters Federation, cross phase leadership teams have been set up to ensure curricular progression and differentiation in all subjects, in all years. Each team is tasked with promoting a love of the full range of subjects the group is responsible for. No one teacher is responsible for any single subject; working collaboratively is far more efficient and effective.
In October 2018, OFSTED said: “There are early signs that these newly established leadership teams are already starting to have a positive impact on improving the school yet further. For example, the non-core leadership team has introduced systems that have strengthened assessment of subjects such as history and geography. Although the new federation-wide approach to leadership is developing well and has already had some success, there has not yet been enough time for the impact of leaders’ work to be developed in full.”
Each team continues to have an outstanding impact upon all subject areas. Pupils enjoy a broad, vibrant and exciting curriculum, based upon and building upon the national curriculum programmes of study.
Non-core Leadership Team (history, geography, science, RE)
Mrs Kudyk, Miss Dike, Mrs Cater, Miss Hales
Creative Arts Leadership Team (DT, ART, PE, Music, MfL)
Mrs Brown, Mrs Knights, Mr Holmes, Mrs Grimes and Mrs Player
Core Subject Leadership Team (reading, spelling, maths, writing)
Mrs Murray, Mrs Cater, Mrs Friary, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Knights, Mrs Player, Mrs Hartley, Mrs Chappell, Mr Holmes
Infant Core Subject Leadership Team (reading, spelling, maths, writing)
Mrs Thompson, Mrs Knights, Mrs Player, Mrs Chappell
Junior Core Subject Leadership Team (reading, spelling, maths, writing)
Mrs Murray, Mrs Cater, Mrs Friary, Mr Holmes, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Chappell, Mrs Hartley
Computing Leadership Team
Miss Moore, Miss Theobold and Mr Wade
SENCO: Mrs Rachel Fitzgerald
As well as this, pupils at Quilters Junior School are able to experience six activities that enable them to gain ‘work-experience’ and develop skills and passion for future employment. The language and communication skills each requires ensure they develop their cultural capital further. Our curriculum offer is outstanding and worthy of dissemination.
- Pupils in Year 6 all attend a 6 week Construction School (Construction Wise Minds, a community interest company, co-founded by Quilters Junior School) based at the teaching room at RSE Technologies, in Laindon. Pupils interact with a virtual client and work through all stages of the construction process: enquiry, tender, procurement, contract award, first-fix, second fix, testing and commissioning to produce a one way-lighting circuit that could light ten stairwells in a flat complex.
- Every year group runs their own Pop Up Café, every year, on Saturday afternoons. Pupils brand it, plan and cost the menu, decorate the café, cook (in the school kitchen with the cooks) and serve the food, offer waiter service and record their café’s accountants and work out the profit. In Year 6, the children run a restaurant for two nights – 5.30pm to 10pm, offering a three-course meal. Reservations for the restaurant can only be made over the phone! All pupils also enjoy cooking lessons in the school kitchen with our catering team. This ensure they not only gain enterprise skills, but also understand health and hygiene issues.
- Every pupil in Year 5 and the School Council are trained as a Dementia Friend. Every child attends a care home for six consecutive weeks, where they interact with residents with and without dementia. Sessions are differentiated! A physical and a cognitive task is run each week. And… the musician of the week attends each week, where they have a willing audience and a 99 year old music teacher waiting for them.
- The school’s new allotment allows every child in the school to spend one afternoon growing and caring for the plants/vegetables in ‘Sarah’s Garden’. All produce will then be used by the pupils in their yearly school cooking lessons.
- All Junior pupils have the opportunity to ‘work’ in the Play Zone and have the chance to ‘give’ to younger pupils. They revel in the chance to be positive role-models to the Quilteenees of the Infant School.
- All Junior pupils are taught Emergency Life Saving Skills. Quilters has been a British Heart Foundation ‘Heart Start’ partner for many years. Pupils get to experience what it might be like to work in the emergency services.
All of the above
There are many other members of staff who make up the team at Quilters Federation. Every single person plays an invaluable part in making our school the happy and successful place that it is!
Higher Level Teaching Assistants
Infant Learning Support Assistants
Mrs St Pierre
Junior Learning Support Assistants
Infant Office Staff
Mrs St Pierre
Junior Office Staff
Well-Being Council Lead
Infant Midday Assistants
Mrs St Pierre
Junior Midday Assistants
Mrs Garner, Mrs Philpot and Mrs Williams - Swimming assistants
Mrs Gibbons, Mrs Leaver - Teachers