Our Curriculum Intent
We continue to strive to maintain an excellent quality of education in all areas at St. Chad’s. Historically attainment and achievement has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted. (2008 and 2011).
Pupils are well-behaved and have an enthusiastic approach to learning. Attendance and punctuality of the vast majority is excellent. Parents value their children’s education. The school enjoys an excellent reputation in the local community and is over-subscribed.
The newly appointed Deputy Headteacher has been in post for one year. He also supports a number of other schools as a Mastery Specialist Teacher with the North North West Maths Hub (NNWMH).
The school community highly values its faith ethos. It received an Outstanding grade under the Schools’ Anglican and Methodist Inspection (2018). As well as strong links with the Blackburn Diocese of Education, the school also values the School Support through Lancashire Education Authority, where more than 93% of schools are Good or Outstanding (2018).
The school supports other schools through the FCTSA, EIF projects and through working with clusters of schools.
Our intent is to ensure that all pupils master the basic subject knowledge and skills essential as a foundation before the next stage of their learning, whether that be the next year group or the next phase of their education. As a primary school, it is our duty to ensure that children have an absolutely solid, concrete understanding of subject knowledge and skills, as well as being emotionally resilient in readiness for secondary school.
Our experience is that racing through content has led to some children having large gaps in subject knowledge because the concept they had just learnt was either too big or learnt too quickly, rather than sustainable learning.
Pupils will spend time becoming true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge and skills in multiple ways to demonstrate that they really understand it. We intend that the steadier, deeper pace of learning, will enable no child to be left behind, as well as providing deeper and richer experiences for children who are above the national expectation for their age.