Welcome to Twydall Primary School and Nursery, part of the RMET (Rainham Mark Education Trust) family of Schools. External verification clearly highlights Twydall Primary is rapidly moving forward on our journey to be rightly recognised as being a ‘Good’ school by Ofsted.
Care, Courtesy, Commitment and Consideration in our Community
Team Twydall strive to be the very best they can be. We are a happy and motivated community; our inclusive ethos is built around the 4 C’s:
All our work is underpinned by our highly qualified, dedicated and innovative specialist staff. Our curriculum intent is to increase each child’s cultural capital through:
- Recognising children’s prior learning.
- Providing a specialist based teaching, which offers rich learning experiences connected through the skills of reading.
- Developing interpersonal skills, resilience, intellectual curiosity
- Stretch, challenge and inspire.
- Developing a sense of passion and knowledge of their local area and communities.
- Experiencing the joy of learning through challenging enrichment opportunities.
Our curriculum Implementation is based around specialist teaching in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 to deliver the core subjects of Reading, Writing and Maths and also for the teaching of the Foundation subjects of Science, Humanities and Art. We are developing these subjects to deliver a locally rich Geography, History and skills based Art and Science curricula. Our science lab and bespoke art room are clearly creating awe and wonder for all pupils. We aim to provide opportunities to develop a thirst for new experiences, skills and knowledge. We believe that education goes well beyond the school wall and as such every year group has regular opportunities to experience educational visits to places such as Rochester to study Charles Dickens, History and RE, or Horton Kirby to study rivers. These help to develop the cultural capital of our pupils.
In EYFS our children learn through a mixture of child initiated play and direct teaching in small groups. The classroom environments are carefully set up to develop curiosity, independence and challenge. The development of language through rhyme and story-telling are a focus. Pupils are able to learn inside and outside across the sessions. RWI phonics is introduced in the nursery as a foundation for reception. In Key Stage 1 children are registered in their home classrooms but then move for phonics, English and Maths lessons. All other subjects are taught in the home classrooms we recognising the need for children to develop their imaginations and learn through play we practice Continuous provision throughout Reception and Year 1 and 2 to encourage children’s development and encourage their natural curiosity.
Nurturing of our children is paramount; childhood should be a safe, happy time and children need to be ready to learn. Each child has a home teacher and group where they register and are taught PSHE, RE, MFL, Music and PE. We are a trauma aware school and have a well-being centre where we can offer a raft of support such as play therapy, counselling, Lego and drawing and talking. We work with parents, Governors, RMET and Medway LA to provide a stimulating and rewarding education, which goes beyond the classroom and contributes to our local community.
Enrichment opportunities enable our pupils to flourish. We have implemented Creative Fridays; support staff and external groups offer extra-curricular sessions, which include; board games, gardening, music and messy play as well as sporting clubs such as football and boxing. Parents can also choose to take their children home from 1.15pm to have some quality family time. This enables the teaching staff to have joint planning sessions. This is suspended during Term 1 and 2 due to COVID. All children will leave the site at 12pm except those of essential workers.
We have a great deal of experience, specially trained staff and a superb SENCos who work hard with all families to ensure that all pupils receive the very best care, provision and expert help. The whole school benefits from having a broad intake including those with hearing impairments and physical disabilities. Our SEND provision is broad and we aim to identify barriers to learning and work hard to reduce those barriers to ensure that all pupils can make progress to their maximum capability. We aim to stretch and challenge the most able and are proud of those pupils who decide to take the Medway Test and are delighted that so many of them pass the test and go on to local grammar schools including Rainham Mark Grammar, which is part of our local family of schools in a multi- academy trust. Pupils attending Twydall Primary School, that are deemed selective are automatically offered a place at RMGS.
We high aspirations for all members of our school community: we celebrate success via our House system and celebration assemblies. life-long learning and are committed to extending our knowledge, developing our staff and all of our children.
Choosing a school is not an easy task we encourage you to visit us during a normal school day, to see how well our children learn. We look forward to meeting you and showing you around our unique school.
Twydall Primary School - our Core Leadership Team
Mrs. Fautley-Assistant Head, Mr. Allen-Deputy Head, Mrs. Logan-Headteacher, Mrs. Johnstone-SENCO