Houghton Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
|Please note that, during periods when the school is closed, including weekends, anyone with Child Protection concerns should contact Cambridgeshire Social Care directly, contact numbers are available here. However if you feel a young person is in immediate danger the police should be contacted.|
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Welcome to Houghton Primary School
Our school was visited by Ofsted on 30th November 2017. Click here for more information.
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Bronze Award in the national Eco-Schools scheme. This is the result of a lot of hard work by Mrs McLennan and the school's Eco-Committee. In order to get this award the school had to meet stringent criteria which includes;
Forming an Eco-Committee
Pupils volunteer and are then nominated by their peers to be on the Eco-Committee. They have meetings at least once every half term and share responsibility with adults for running me...etings and keeping a record of the meetings. They have created an Eco-Board and display minutes/reports of meetings there. Pupil representatives ensure that there is communication to and from the Eco-Committee to the rest of the school.
Undertaking an Environmental Review
An informal Environmental Review covering nine eco-topics has been carried out by pupils (with adult supervision). This is displayed on the Eco-Board and has been communicated with the whole school along with detailed plans for activities for improvement. This review will be updated at least annually.
The Eco-Committee has produced an Action Plan influenced by their Environmental Review. The pupils on the Eco-Committee take responsibility for leading the actions. The Action Plan contains timescales, who is responsible and how targets will be monitored and evaluated. The Eco-Committee has shared the Action Plan with the whole of the school.
A copy of the Action Plan is displayed on the Eco-Board.
Mrs McLennan is confident that because of the great work in place it won't take long to achieve the silver award.
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Updated Friday 20th April 2018
We are a 'Reading School'
Last year (2016-17) we read and quizzed on 78,950,254 words read and quizzed on, averaging 26.3 million words per term. This was an amazing achievement which we hope to top this year.
Over 2 million words quizzed on this week, taking our total from the beginning of the school year to 56,663,646 words.
That's amazing when we consider that the total words that we read in a WHOLE YEAR in our first year on the Accelerated Reader programme 5 years ago was 20 million words!
Engaged Reading Time
We aim for a minimum of 20 minutes a day average 'engaged reading time'.
We provide every child with this much time to read in school each day. We ask that children also read at home as part of their home learning.
This week's statistics:
|Year Group||Average Engaged Reading Time*|
|Year 2||Will start AR after Christmas|
|Year 3||42 minutes per day|
|Year 4||33 minutes per day|
|Year 5||32 minutes per day|
|Year 6||32 minutes per day|
* This is an average of the class.
This year each class has consistently achieved an average engaged reading time in excess of 20 minutes a day. This reflects how much the vast majority of our children love reading. We know that children who have an engaged reading time of over 20 minutes a day are the children who do really well across the curriculum.
Statistics from Accelerated Reader
Updated: Friday 20th April
Well done to Wembley for earning the most House Points this week. We have started our final term of House points and Wembley have started as they left off last term gaining the most this week. The last 2 terms totals have been stored and it will be an interesting term with lots of points to be earned!
This week's points
Total points this school year
Winners of the GOLD Award in the national School Games Mark 2015/16 and 2016/17 for curriculum and extra-curricular sport.
Finalists in the 'Living Sports Sport Awards' 2016
County Champions in the ESFA World Cup football competition March 2017
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Comments from our most recent parent survey (2016)...
"We are delighted with how well our child has settled into school and how well she is progressing. She clearly enjoys her time spent at school."
"Houghton is a friendly school that encourages learning alongside very positive and responsible personal values. It’s a great mix and the result is a buzzing school."
"I think that the schools strength is that it knows each child so well. This is from a character/personality perspective and an academic one. Because you know each child so well it means you can deal with issues in a way that suits each child. This is so valuable."
"The school has a warm, supportive ethos and all members of staff are approachable. The teachers care about the welfare of the children and encourage them to achieve their potential."
"I love that Houghton makes use of it’s beautiful surroundings for learning, something my child has found invaluable."
"A great school that works very hard at putting the children first in all areas of teaching and well-being."
"I would have been very happy with this school had my child had standard learning abilities, however as he has SEN I have found myself relieved that he has a place in a school that shows commitment to helping him succeed."
"I love that Houghton is a village primary school. It has close links with the local community and also has a close community feel within the school. The teachers and children know everyone and are encouraged to look after each other."
"I think Houghton is a fantastic school and feel very privileged to be able to send my children there."
"A good school with friendly professional staff instilling good values and morals."
"We are very lucky to have such a wonderful school in our location."
"Parents views and opinions matter. Children are at the centre of the school ethos"
"The positivity, good feeling and can do attitude of the school. Very pleased with the level of outdoor activities, engaging pupils physically as well as mentally. Great teaching."