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School Focus: Ferndale Community Primary School
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BRINGING the creative side out of its pupils and making sure they have real life experiences is what Ferndale Community School is all about.
This can be seen through its approach to teaching in which the pupils are encouraged to get out of the classroom whenever possible.
Whether it is taking advantage of the forest on its grounds or drawing shapes in the playground, the pupils always get the most stimulating experience.
Headteacher Gary Evans said: “Getting the children out and about is a great way of capturing the children’s imagination.
“The whole curriculum is designed to ensure all the children get the most out of the school.
“For example, during the summer the new library opened which is a fantastic place and as soon as the children walk in it inspires them to pick up a book or become writers.”
As the name suggests, the community plays a very important part in the school’s life.
Local groups are regularly invited to the school and other events.
Gary said: “It is very important to us that as a school we are closely involved in the community.
“We work closely with parents and the local community and hold a number of special days such as inviting them in to have lunch with the children or arts days.
“It is good for the children to get involved with other parts of the community outside the school.”
In order to help its pupils become rounded individuals, Ferndale provides a wide range of extra-curricular groups which offer both sports groups and those which help to build up other skills.
“Sports are very big within the school but we offer lots of clubs for the pupils to join,” said Gary.
“We have a football club and even a skateboard group but there is also the ICT group to help computer skills.
“It is very important we make sure every one of our pupils is able to develop skills outside the classroom to take with them through life.”
The school has a close-knit team of staff and is heavily supported by the board of governors but there is also a very effective school council to allow the children to have a say on how their school operates.