School leads the way to help raise standards in Newhaven

Harbour Primary School headteacher Christine Terrey  (centre) with early years staff and pupils SUS-150220-140257001
Harbour Primary School headteacher Christine Terrey (centre) with early years staff and pupils SUS-150220-140257001

A Newhaven school celebrating improvements in its early years results is heading up a hub to help raise standards across the town.

Harbour Primary and Nursery School is celebrating success after the latest figures showed 63 per cent of pupils achieved a good level of development at the end of their reception year – the national average is 60 per cent.

The results are an improvement on the results the school achieved in 2013.

Headteacher Christine Terrey said: “We have taken a number of steps to help our children in the Early Years Foundation Stage reach their individual potentials. A smooth transition from early years into a school setting is so important for those children starting their school career, and the work we have carried out helps promote this.”

Following the 2013 results the school, which relocated its younger children to Church Hill this autumn, kick-started a range of initiatives to improve the development of foundation stage pupils.

This included the new ‘Foundation Village’ – a purpose-built section of the school where children from nursery age to reception year learn and socialise together. It includes classrooms for each year group, a communal kitchen where the children practice cookery with the teachers, and a shared eating space, school hall and play area.

Following its success, the school will be spearheading the new Early Excellence Hub.

Led by East Sussex County Council, the hubs are for all early years settings, nurseries, children’s centres, early years childminders and other key partners who work with children under five.

“The common aim of the Hub is to give children access to high quality education and high quality outcomes and share best practice across the town,” Mrs Terrey said.

This will help meet the county target that all children are able to attend an early education provision rated at least ‘good’ by Ofsted, achieve the best possible outcomes from their early education, and experience consistent foundation stage learning.

At the beginning of December, the hub’s first meeting took place and an action plan agreed.