Alfred Salter Primary School

‘Building strong relationships, celebrating difference and creativity today. Inspiring individuals who fulfil their potential as world citizens of tomorrow.’

Alfred Salter Primary School opened in 1995 to meet the growing demand for school places in the Surrey Docks Peninsula. We opened with only 100 pupils but now have over 470 pupils including a 50 place nursery. The school grounds are extensively landscaped to provide a stimulating and highly attractive learning environment for the children and include large landscaped play areas, an environmental garden and pond.

The school takes great pride in being a recognised centre of excellence for its provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs. We cater fo a wide range of pupils with complex needs including visual impairment, hearing impairment, complex physical or medical conditions, pupils with Autistic Syndrome Disorder and wheelchair users. These children make a significant contribution to the life of the school and we are very proud of the caring approach displayed by pupils towards their peers.

As a school we are firmly committed to equality and celebrating diversity and this is reflected in our creative curriculum, our choice of inspirational speakers and through our external links with organisations such as Time and Talents and Stonewall.

We believe that children should have the benefit of a broad and balanced curriculum. Children have the opportunity to attend a wide range of after-school clubs and courses. Since the school opened we have displayed a strong commitment to the Arts and we are particularly keen to develop children’s interest in music, art, drama, theatre and dance. Many pupils learn to play musical instruments including string and brass instruments and steel pans. We regularly have artists and musicians in residence, working with children to develop their skills and interests in the Arts. Alfred Salter pupils have performed or sung at the Globe Theatre, The Royal Festival Hall, The Albert Hall, The Southbank Centre, The Thames River Festival and at many more London-based events. Alfred Salter Primary School also serves as a satellite school for the Central School of Ballet. The use of role play, drama and the use of talk as a rehearsal for writing are at the very core of our teaching and we are also committed to using a wide range of film and other media to ensure creative teaching and learning stimulates all pupils and prepares them to be the future world citizens they will become.

Since the school opened we have had three very positive OFSTED inspections, the latest in January 2007, which judged the school "outstanding" in all areas of its work. In 2002, the school was named in a list by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools as amongst the most successful in the country. Also, in 2008, we were awarded a third consecutive Artsmark GOLD award from the Arts Council, in recognition of the quality of provision in the Arts. In 2008 we were also awarded a second Basic Skills Quality Mark from the Basic Skills Agency in recognition of provision for numeracy and literacy across the school. We have also been awarded Healthy Schools status. In 2008 we were awarded the NACE Award for provision for Gifted and Talented pupils. In May 2010 Stuart Hayter Headteacher was designated a National Leader in Education (NLE) and the school a National Support School by the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services. The Deputy Headteacher Shaun Dellenty also has a role supporting other schools in the borough in developing good practice in literacy and in addressing issues around homophobic bullying. This demonstrates the strength of our staff team and our commitment to work with other schools to support them to improve. Through our partnership with STEP we have ambitions to grow from strength to strength.

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