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our ambition

We are because of others. Already oversubscribed, graded ‘good’ by Ofsted, “Congratulations


and only two-years’ old, we have the potential to become one of seven on such a
‘outstanding’ schools in Greenwich. We can build on firm foundations to wonderful Ofsted
continue our success and achieve year-on-year growth. Report - not that
any parent or
child needed to
Our vision be told what a
wonderful school
Ubuntu is a humanist philosophy focusing on Our positive outlook and ethos is reflected in our
people’s loyalty, commitment and relationships light and spacious buildings, where each classroom you are building.
with each other. We believe that a person with opens up to an outside space. Completed in Further testament
Ubuntu is open, available and supportive of others; September 2008, the new facilities present great to what a great
they do not feel threatened that others are able opportunities for us to expand and develop against
and good; and they have confidence knowing the best possible backdrop for learning. team you are.”
they belong to a greater whole. And this is the Parent
philosophy of our school. Since our school was first established in
September 2007, it has grown fourfold. We have
This vision statement was written and reviewed by an extraordinary opportunity to further develop
all staff in September 2008. This will be revisited on Discovery so that it can perform well for our
a regular basis to ensure that it is truly embedded pupils, giving them the best opportunities to
in our team’s shared beliefs and daily practice. discover and fulfill their potential. With our new
facilities, dedicated staff and happy children, we
are well placed to further extend and enhance our
offering. We will grow each year by two classes,
and welcomed 240 children in September 2009, and
our nursery will house 100 children.

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Your ambition Their ambition
Becoming our new Headteacher will be both a Supporting our ethos of inclusion is a priority. We “Discovery is We believe in integrating children of all abilities
challenge and an extraordinary opportunity. We believe in treating every individual equally so that a good school, from all backgrounds. The percentage of minority
have high expectations and you must have them they can reach their full potential. Developing and ethnic children from disadvantaged backgrounds is
too. As we continue to evolve, you will manage establishing practices to support our pupils with which has above the national average. And almost half of our
this process while maintaining good standards Autistic Spectrum Disorder is vital, as is integrating developed very pupils have English as an additional language.
across teaching and learning – in doing so you will them throughout the school. You will also have an quickly in the last
have an understanding of the whole school. understanding of the role that our children’s centre We don’t restrict teaching to the classroom. Our
plays within a whole school environment.
two years and has children learn both indoors and out. And we
ICT will be at the forefront of your work, helping us a strong capacity have high expectations of them. Every day is a
to become leaders in this field. You will embrace Key to achieving inclusion and improvement is the to develop further creative learning journey for our pupils who are
the recommendations of the Rose Review and use of contextual data to identify pupils’ needs keen to learn and dedicated to their work. We do Our Dedicated Specialist Provision for children
in the future.”
ensure that ICT facilities are fully embedded early on. This will allow us to provide appropriate not expect our children to stay seated for lengthy with autism was set up in April 2009 and will be
and used in all that we do, from virtual learning support in improving performance with a focus
Ofsted periods of time, instead encouraging them to learn fully open by September 2009. Supervised by a
environments to the curriculum, staff skills, on Maths. Looking beyond the classroom, you will through active play. This keeps them happy and specialist practitioner, these children will also be
improved management, and a school website and need to be visible throughout the school, leading engaged. Daily timetables are flexible, and breaks integrated throughout the school.
e-brochure. by example. vary according to activity.
We value discipline and good behaviour and you
You will both lead and become part of a dedicated Reporting to our active and experienced governing A teacher and an Early Years Practitioner lead will be a strong advocate in ensuring that this
team whose shared beliefs make Discovery the body, you will receive their full support as well Foundation Stage classes where we have seen good continues. We also value what pupils say and
community hub that it is. And you will understand as taking part in a local authority induction progress. And last year 84 per cent of children in how they feel about school. Our school council
the importance of this and demonstrate experience programme and a school-mentoring programme. Year 1 achieved at least national expectations in allows them to share concerns and comments
of working within the community. Reading, and 72 per cent achieved the same in with staff. Each child also has the opportunity to
Writing. answer a questionnaire annually, and to explore
their feelings about learning during class and
assemblies. Feedback is shared with all pupils.
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Our family Our home We are well connected
The Discovery team work collaboratively, share Located within a safe and peaceful residential area, Greenwich has a wide variety of transport links; “The very
believes and value inclusion. We have a positive our school is at the heart of the community. Canal- from the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and the
attitude, which is reflected in the happiness and side, with a pond and plans for a forest, Discovery nearby A2 and M25 to the Woolwich ferry.
impressive links
good behaviour of our pupils. Laughter and smiles is perfectly located for children to enjoy and learn with community
are daily features of our school, where we link from the wildlife around them. This service is free and links the north and south contribute a
enjoyment with achievement. circular roads across the Thames. The Thames great deal to the
The school is just 15 minutes by train from the Clipper also provides a river bus commuter service
Our doors are open to the whole community and rich historical centre that is Greenwich, and links to London, stopping at Woolwich Arsenal just 10 success of the
we offer support from birth to adulthood. A close to central London are excellent. Affordable housing minutes from the school site. school.”
radius for entry ensures that we remain central to is on the increase with just over 1,000 new homes Ofsted
our local community. We embrace and contribute to being built in 2007. The DLR is rapidly expanding, with major works to
community cohesion, and have good links with the upgrade trains completing in early 2010. Running
local police, housing association, neighbourhood Thamesmead is an exciting place to be. And from central London to Greenwich and beyond,
watch schemes, and the neighbourhood forum as Discovery is central to the community development the DLR will serve four of the competition venues
well the LEA. being carried out by many partners, including during the 2012 London Olympic Games.
charity Trust Thamesmead, which is working to
Our thriving Children’s Centre is a real community We serve one of the most disadvantaged “Pupils are polite build a better future for the area. An extension to Woolwich Arsenal opened at the
resource with a regularly updated timetable of communities in Greenwich and parents need and respectful. start of 2009. This station, along with Gallions
events and training for both staff and parents. significant support systems. Discovery has It is one of the Mayor of London’s priority areas for Reach, is closest to the school. Both are located on
We also host Home Start training for volunteers partnered with Greenwich Community College Their behaviour regeneration and one of the five boroughs hosting a direct line to central London. Connections to the
who visit families with additional needs. Every to offer adult education courses, including NVQII is exemplary. the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. heart of Greenwich are straightforward via the DLR,
week, Mencap, Early Complex Needs and Portage Childcare. We also work with six schools in our Pupil’s enjoyment This will bring many opportunities to the borough, where you can enjoy the borough’s rich culture
team up for active play groups. Extended Schools cluster and Trust Thamesmead. maximising local benefits and ensuring that they and heritage. And Europe’s largest entertainment
of school and last well beyond 2012. venue, the O2, is also easily reached by bus.
Parents want to be involved in school visits, their enthusiasm
volunteer classroom placements, and family for learning This is a time of unprecedented regeneration and Southeastern trains operates an overland service
learning groups. They frequently visit to read in economic growth for the area. Over the coming between Greenwich and Plumstead – Discovery’s
contribute much
class and attendance at off site events, meetings years there will be infinite opportunities for nearest railway station. The service also runs
and parental consultations so far has been 100 to their good local people. Every member of the area’s diverse regularly to four of London’s central stations,
per cent. achievement.” community will benefit from and play a part including London Bridge and Charing Cross.
Ofsted in a bright future that will give the children in
Set up in spring 2009, Friends of Discovery holds Greenwich the best start in life. A comprehensive bus network serves commuters
weekly meetings run by parents and supported from the DLR and railway stations to the school.
by staff. Our governors also run visit programmes
to ensure that their knowledge of the school, its
strengths and weaknesses, is first hand.
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Key facts and statistics
Type of school Community
Location Thamesmead, Greenwich
Age range 4-11
Denomination N/A
Co-educational Yes
Number of pupils 223 (September 2009)
Number of teaching staff 9 (September 2009)
Average class size 30
September 2007
Date school established (temporary accommodation)
September 2008 (new build)
School awards achieved Healthy Schools
Budget Approx £850,000
Teacher turnover rate
0
(annual %)
Number of children on free
27
school meals
Number of children with
29
SEN in the school
% of children with English
44
as an additional language
Academic achievements
PSED 6+ 74.4%
Foundation stage CLL 6+ 60.5%
Maths 6+ 48.8%
Does the school have a
Yes
nursery?

Discovery School
Battery Road
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