How Drayton Park is Structured
Two things about our structure make us special. Firstly, our school is federated with another local school, Montem Primary. The schools are independent entities, with their own pupils, staff, budgets, policies and ethos. They share a Governing Board and are run by a single Executive Headteacher, Damien Parrott. Our federation is called The Edventure Collaborative. Find our more by clicking here.
Secondly, our school is based on a 1.5 form entry model. This means we have on average 45 children in each year group. Children can start with us, in our Nursery, from the age of three. Uniquely, our Early Years department runs to the end of Year 1. In most schools, the Early Years approach to education stops after Reception. We believe strongly in the advantages of a child-centered, play-based approach for our youngest children.
In Year 2, pupils are taught in smaller classes. This enables us to manage their transition to more formal learning very well. We ensure our Year 2s receive a broad, inspiring curriculum and guarantee that all children can read to a high standard by the end of the year.
In Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6, some pupils are taught in mixed-age classes. This enables us to effectively address the disadvantage faced by summer born children in many schools. At Drayton Park, children are in classes with only a few months' gap between them, rather than the full year common to many schools.