Local authority maintained school
347 pupils enrolled
3 to 11
About Victoria Community School
We are a large two form entry Primary school based in the heart of Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire.
We currently have around 385 pupils across our two sites and in our Early Years Centre. The majority of our families are from a minority ethnic community where over 90% of our pupils are bilingual or multilingual. More recently we have admitted a number of pupils with a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds including families from Eastern Europe. We are very proud of our children’s cultural heritage and take every opportunity to promote and celebrate our diversity.
We are a two site school. The ‘Victoria Road Site’ is housed in a Victorian building some 140 years old and a separate purpose built Early Years Centre for our Nursery children. The accommodation consists of spacious well-equipped classrooms as well as a hall, gym, library, Interactive Learning Centre, specially equipped sensory room, and staff room.
The ‘Orchard Site’ which opened in September 2015 is based on Belvoir Road in Burton upon Trent and comprises of a fifty year old refurbished building with a large playing field. Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 and our Speech and Language Centre are based at this site. The Speech and Language Centre is a County funded resource for 20 pupils with Developmental Language Disorder and/or Speech Sound Disorders who experience a wide range of difficulties with communication and any associated problems. The Centre functions as part of the school and as such staff and pupils participate in all aspects of school life.
The school has recruited both experienced and newly qualified staff. We currently have just over 80 members of staff comprising teachers, teaching assistants, administration staff, catering and lunchtime teams and premises teams, all playing a valuable role in our school. We have strong links with local schools, colleges and universities and welcome into school trainee teachers and other students. Our school is supported by staff from our caretaking contractor.
The school attracts additional funding to support our pupils learning needs including EAL and Minority Achievement Funding as well as a delegated budget to support mainstream pupils with learning difficulties.
Children are organised in a class with a maximum of 30 pupils in Key Stage 1 and up to 35 in Key Stage 2 except for our Speech and Language Centre. Additional teaching assistant support is provided in every classroom. Staff are firmly committed to a team approach to facilitate children's learning and we are constantly reviewing and developing school policies and practices. Class teachers and support staff have regular planning meetings to ensure all staff are deployed effectively to ensure maximum benefit to children's learning through a differentiated curriculum.
In March 2017 an Ofsted Inspection rated our school as good. We are continuing our priority to raise achievement in the core subjects, particularly at Key Stage One and to stretch our high achievers. We have a strong commitment to the Arts and are fortunate to have talented staff to support all aspects of the curriculum.
Leadership and Management
We have a very capable Leadership Team which encourages leadership at all levels. Our Teachers and Teaching Assistants play an important role in all aspects of the school.
Although presently on hold due to the current restrictions, our pupils are usually involved in a range of after school activities including football, cricket, dance, netball and games clubs. We receive support from external groups such as Burton Albion who continue to support our pupils during the lunchtime and hopefully will soon be able to run their usual range of after school sports clubs.
Inclusion – Everyone is Important
We use a variety of approaches to support children and families who may be encountering difficulties including nurturing and mentoring. We have a rigorous approach to screening pupils who may be finding learning more difficult. Our Special Needs Co-ordinator meets regularly with class teachers and we have a strong team of staff who directly support the teaching of SEND pupils across the school.
Home School Partnership
We believe children's progress and achievement is greatly enhanced through an active partnership between home and school. Our Family Liaison Officer and Attendance and Admissions Officer support our families in many ways, despite the current restrictions.
We hope this information will have been helpful to you. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us on 01283 247432.
In the interests of promoting a Healthy School we operate a no smoking policy.
This School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Arranging a visit to Victoria Community School
Please call Carole Devine on 01283 247432/247420 if you are interested in a visit to the school and we will discuss whether this is possible with you under the current circumstances.
Victoria Road, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 2LU