'The school lives out its belief that all can flourish despite what has gone before. Pupils who have not succeeded elsewhere find a place of welcome and affirmation in this context. One comment made was, ‘All Souls’ gave us a fresh start’. Mental and emotional support for vulnerable pupils and families forms the basis for a secure learning environment through which an engaging curriculum is offered.'
SIAMS Report – January 2020
‘All Souls’ is an integrated, inclusive and happy school. Its Christian character is explicit through its Christian values which are lived out in its daily life.’
SIAMS Report – February 2015
Our School Structure
At All Souls’, there is one Reception class that works within the Foundation Stage (Ladybirds). Continual teacher assessment, agreement trialling, our own assessment on entry and completion of the Foundation Profile are carried out in the Foundation stage.
Key Stage One
There are three vertically grouped in mixed classes in Key Stage 1, of both year 1 and 2 children (Dragonflies, Bumblebees and Caterpillars). Each class collaborates closely to deliver a parallel curriculum, fully in line with current the National Curriculum.
During the morning, classes are grouped according to year group, to further facilitate the teaching of Maths and English objectives.
In class, children might also be supported individually, or in small groups, according to their needs, ability and progress. This process is enhanced by keeping the class sizes small, and the extensive use of Teaching Assistants. Mrs Hart, Inclusion Lead, ensures that additional learning support for children is provided when required.
In Key Stage One, teacher assessment, and summative testing help identify the individual needs of the children, and support the planning of programmes of study appropriate for each child. All Year 1 pupils complete the phonics test. Pupils are tracked through the Key Stage to ensure they always make the best progress possible.
We have high expectations of our learners, and aim to foster a love of learning across the curriculum.
Key Stage Two
In Key Stage Two, the children are arranged in three classes of Lower Juniors (Sharks, Dolphins and Stingrays) and three classes of Upper Juniors (Penguins, Turtles and Orcas). They are taught according to the National Curriculum Guidelines. All phases work closely together to ensure consistently high standards of teaching and learning are met.
As in Key Stage 1, children are split in year groups to facilitate the delivery of teaching National Curriculum objectives, and to carefully build on prior learning. Our inclusive curriculum is adapted and developed, wherever possible, to meet the needs of our children.
Pupils’ progress is monitored closely throughout their learning journey, and teacher assessments and summative assessment shape both our curriculum and pedagogy.
At the end of Year 6, the pupils leave All Souls' School. There is a county procedure for transfer to Secondary School which is followed by all Kent schools. Details of this will be made available to all parents at the appropriate time.
The schools normally considered by parents are:
- The Harvey Grammar School (Selective Boys)
- The Folkestone School for Girls (Selective Girls)
- Brockhill Park Academy
- The Folkestone Academy
- Turner Free School
We have close links with our local secondary schools to make the move onto the next school as easy as possible. There are procedures in place for children who may need additional support with the transition; Mrs Hart liaises closely with the secondary schools to access this support where appropriate.