We are a vibrant community school, in the heart of Highbury and Islington. Our families come from a very broad range of backgrounds and we pride ourselves on our shared commitment to each other and our school. We care deeply about nurturing our children as individuals, ensuring all can be happy and that all thrive as learners and friends. At Drayton Park we are all about learning, community and creativity.
We ensure the highest quality learning experience for all our pupils. Our teachers are exceptionally committed. We are renowned for the quality of our professional development of staff and our innovative approaches to teaching and learning, which put children at the heart of our curriculum. Our success is evident in our results. Both our pupil outcomes and the progress our pupils make, regardless of their backgrounds, is above the national average.
We pride ourselves on being a genuinely inclusive school. Our community is fantastically diverse. We aim to help children develop strong personal identities, as well as empathy and respect for others. It is our shared commitment to understanding and supporting each other that brings us together. The work we do around 'cultural competency' will give you a sense of our approach.
Being inclusive is also about the expectations we have of pupils. We buck the national trend in which socially disadvantaged children under-perform in school. We also out-perform other schools in terms of the number of pupils who attain the highest standard. We believe very strongly that children's ability is not pre-ordained. Everyone can grow and learn with the right level of challenge and a system that builds confidence and resilience. We do very little setting by ability. Instead we give children choice in their learning and provide personalised feedback and support. We challenge children's expectations of themselves, opening them up to possibility and potential.
Our curriculum is very broad and creative. It is exceptional in terms of personal development and art. We have excellent sports provision and encourage active, exploratory, sophisticated play. Our clubs offer is very broad; we care that all our pupils have opportunity to develop personal talents and interests. We offer optional instrument tuition to all pupils. We provide optional, wrap-around childcare to all our pupils, from 8am to 6pm. We have an excellent holiday club available too.
We place real value on our partnerships with parents. For us, working with children means working with their family. We seek parents' views to help us inform and develop the quality of our teaching and we make our professional expertise available to parents as openly as possible. We have an active PTA and robust Governing Board that enrich our school enormously. We employ Bangladeshi, Somali and Turkish members of staff to ensure that as many members of our community can be as informed and included as possible.
We know that your child's years in Primary school and your relationship with us as parents are immensely important. In many ways, this will be the most formative time in your child's life. We will be working with you to help your child grow from nursery age, through to the verge of secondary school. We consider that responsibility to be a huge privilege. At Drayton Park your child will learn, get creative, make friends, have fun and be happy. You will see their world expand enormously.