Gomer is Great – 10 Reasons Why…

Listed below are 10 reasons why Gomer is great. These areas of success are underpinned by strong and dynamic whole school leadership and a team committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for its community. Go Gomer!

1. Inclusion and Pastoral Support At Gomer Junior School we value and implement a broad and varied curriculum. We also recognise that there a number of pupils who need a degree of pastoral support to make the most of the learning opportunities offered to them. In order to facilitate this, Gomer sees the benefit from having a Learning and Pastoral Support (L.A.P.S) Team. This team consists of four skilled members of staff who are based in ‘The LAPS Hub’. They undertake pastoral work with individuals and groups aimed at enabling them to develop a more positive attitude to learning within the classroom. Each member of the team is assigned to a case load within a particular year group for the reason of consistency of approach. The team is of vital importance in maintaining positive self-esteems at transition times. Each mentor has a specialist area that is used to support the whole community e.g. ELSA, FEIPS, Bereavement and Family Links.

2. Attainment End of Key Stage 2 results 2017 evidence that Gomer Junior School has a combined reading, writing and maths score of 64.4% which is above national. Our Writing Attainment is well above National Average.  Disadvantaged KS2 pupils are achieving above Age Related Expectation.

3. STEM Curriculum Gomer Junior School promotes STEM learning through an innovative gSTEM curriculum. The school is pioneering the subject at the primary phase and designates one morning per week through an iSTEM+ approach. During these sessions, pupils develop engineering skills through their ‘engineering habits and mind’ to create solutions to problems related to curricular/topical issues. gSTEM has attracted national interest with high profile visitors/educational advisers and leaders commending its delivery and impact across the curriculum.

4. Foundations of Learning Gomer Junior School played a significant part in formulating the FOL, working closely with our cluster schools – Foundations of Learning embeds the fundamentals of learning through a cross-curricular approach. Pupils are provided with opportunities to develop: self-awareness, thinking skills, collaboration and relationships and independence and resilience. This enables pupils to foster the skills needed to be ‘lifelong learners’. The foundations monitor and make provision for pupils across the age phases.

5. Parent/Carer Partnerships Gomer Junior School has fostered and maintained excellent links with parents/carers. The school has a range of accessible communication media including a comprehensive web site, social media (FaceBook and Twitter) paper newsletters, a ‘Gomer App’ and teacher to parent text/e-mail services. ‘Gomer Learning Community’ (GLC) meetings are used to keep parents/carers up to date with current initiatives or educational thinking. A ‘coffee morning’ operates every two weeks in which parents can take part in an informal chat with the L.A.P.S team and meet –as timetabled- with the school nurse. The school is keen to develop further links with parents and carers through an active and committed PTA – FROGJS.

6. Sporting Prowess The school is renowned for participation in and successes at various sporting festivals and events. Many trophies have been won – most recently the mixed 5/6 football league and cluster table tennis competition. This school is proud to have entered teams into the Hampshire mini-games for the past two years and is the proud holder of the Gold School Games Mark accreditation. Due these successes, the area School Games officer, sponsored by the Youth Spiort Trust is using our school as a model for sporting success, for other schools to learn from. We are taking a lead in the Change4Life programme and will help cascade this in Gosport and Fareham schools.

7. Music Provision Music is a high profile area of the curriculum at Gomer Junior School. All year groups benefit from a carefully planned and delivered music curriculum which ensures all pupils receive a balanced diet of practical work – ukulele, recorders and African drums- theory work – notation and time signatures and creativity – composing using a range of percussion instruments.
Year 4 is part of the Hampshire Music Service ‘Listen to Me’ initiative; they will be taught strings (violin and cello) brass and voice over the academic year 2016-2017.
The school has a choir which is led by the choir master of the local church. The choir performs at various community events across the year.

8. Smartness and Attendance Gomer Junior School is proud of its standard of uniform and attendance of pupils. The wearing of smart uniform is reinforced by all staff and pupils take pride in looking smart. As an extra incentive, a ‘week’s smartest class’ award is presented in celebration assembly.
The school also sets a target of 96.5% weekly attendance (it is common for classes to achieve 100%). As with the smartest class award, there is a presentation to the class with the best weekly attendance, in recognition of their commitment to school.

9. Computing Gomer Junior School is working towards renewing the ICT mark. We provide excellent learning opportunities through a carefully planned computing curriculum which covers coding, word processing, desktop publishing and multi-media editing. The learning is resourced through an up to date ICT suite (Gomer Gateway) which provides standalone computers, touch screen laptops and soon to be updates-iPads. To enhance the gSTEM curriculum, floor robots (Ollies and Spheros) controlled remotely via blue-tooth and ‘crumbles’ are used in problem solving situations by all year groups.

10. Growth Mindset Gomer Junior School is committed to developing a growth mind set approach by pupils to their learning. This is supported through the ‘foundations of learning’ initiative and enhanced by professional practice which sees teachers providing pupils with the challenge and support they need to be resilient and believe that they can overcome obstacles to success.