Outstanding Early Years results for Truro High School
All the pupils achieved the government’s required six points in all areas with a large percentage scoring the highest possible level for the age group, nine points, in one or more of 13 specific areas.
Under the Early Years Foundation Profile, all children’s development and learning achievements are assessed through on-going observation. The areas assessed are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy; Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Physical Development and Creative Development.
Truro High School reception teacher, Margaret Hendy, said: “We monitor each child’s progress by compiling a learning journey file which includes photographs of activities, comments made by the child and examples of their work. This enables us to tailor sessions to accommodate the needs of each child and ensure they reach those all-important developmental milestones. The file itself becomes a lovely record of a child’s early education.”
Mrs Hendy explained that in 2010 the school made the decision to move the Reception class into the nursery building, which is separate from both the senior and prep schools.
She said: “It has proved to be a very successful decision. The Reception class is the final part of the Foundation Stage where we consolidate and build upon the skills learned in nursery. The children are then well prepared to begin Key Stage 1 when they move across to the Pre-Prep Department in the main school.
Head of the High School’s nursery, Tracey Kemp, said: “It’s worked really well – easing that transition from the nursery situation and getting the little ones used to a full-time school situation. We felt it would give the children greater opportunities to meet the early learning goals and these results have proved that.”
The reception pupils have their own classroom within the nursery building, their own entrance and access to the outside play area. They move into the prep school building for assembly, music lessons and Golden Time. Most afternoons they mix freely with the nursery pupils throughout the nursery building and share swimming lessons with them on a Thursday afternoon in the school’s pool.
Headmistress of Truro High School, Caroline Pascoe said: “It was an excellent decision to keep children in the nursery building until completion of the foundation stage. Everyone has benefitted – providing a seamless transition to full-time schooling. The outstanding results are an additional bonus.”