My School, Your School, Our School
Beaver Road Vision and Values
Beaver Road Primary School is an effective and inclusive learning community where everyone works respectfully together to inspire and believe in others and themselves. Children are placed at the centre of everything we do in order to ensure they embrace learning, achieve their personal best and build their emotional, social and physical well-being.
This year we are reviewing and redeveloping our school values with the children and staff team. As a starting point the Governors have discussed the following themes which we hope to discuss and develop further together with children and staff as part of our values.
- Respect and Rights
- Safe positive environment
- Enjoyment, development and achievement
- Characteristics (e.g. resilient, confident, independent, motivated, articulate etc.)
The Governors current strategic statement is;
At Beaver Road Primary School
There are no invisible children
Many will shine
Some may reach the stars
As a child at Beaver Road Primary School
I have a chance to dream and my dreams are fostered.
I have many chances to showcase my talents.
I am encouraged to understand my emotions and manage them.
I am encouraged to develop my social skills and how to use them.
I experience the joy of discovering nature.
I experience the joys and wonders of Manchester and the surrounding region.
I am a School, Local, National and World citizen.
I have a right to be respected. I have a duty to respect others.
What do we learn at Beaver Road Primary School?
We learn to know
We learn to do
We learn to live together
We learn to be
Context of the School
Beaver Road Primary School is a popular and successful 5 form entry Primary School, situated in the heart of Didsbury, South Manchester. Our School was graded Outstanding in October 2011 and we continue to maintain the highest standards possible for our children and school community.
In November 2013, the School converted to Academy status – The Beaver Road Academy Trust. On the 5th of November 2018 the Academy Trust revised and reformed its governance and became the M20 Learning Trust. Academies are publicly funded independent schools that are not managed by a local authority.
Over recent years the numbers of young families and children living in Didsbury has significantly increased. Didsbury and neighbouring areas of Manchester reflect a thriving, multicultural and proud City growing in size and national influence year on year. The School, after many years of seeking ways to expand to meet the demand for places, accepted Manchester’s request to grow to 5 classes (5fe, 5 forms of entry -150 pupils) per year group from its previous 3fe of 90 pupils.
On 29 October 2018 Beaver Road Primary School pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 moved to a new 3 storey, purpose built building on Wilmslow Road, Didsbury – Beaver Road Junior School. The original buildings and school grounds on Beaver Road itself became Beaver Road First School (Nursery, Reception and Years 1, 2 and 3). From September 2018, Beaver Road Primary School will grow year on year as a 5 form entry school, reaching capacity by 2024.
Liz Hardy is the Executive Headteacher of Beaver Road Primary School and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the M20 Learning Trust. Liz is a designated National Leader of Education and Beaver Road Primary School is a National Support School. Together with other specialists in the school, Liz and the team use their skills and experience to support other schools in challenging circumstances locally and nationally in order to help raise standards.
Beaver Road Primary School models itself in the spirit of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, a responsive and nurturing community of individuals who believe in the oneness of the human family. We uphold dignity, tackle stigma and create new norms whilst ensuring everyone is valued highly and where tolerance, honesty, co-operation and mutual respect for others is fostered. We are committed to the development of the whole person within a nurturing, secure and creative environment. Our children are encouraged to explore and develop all aspects of their characters in order to become confident, independent thinkers, and young people who are prepared for the next stage of their lives by the time they leave us.
A broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum provides equal opportunity for all pupils to maximise their potential regardless of age, gender, race, colour, religion or disability. We aim to give confidence and promote awareness of the valuable contributions of all members of our society including parents, governors and members of the wider community.
All applications for children to join our School from Reception to Year 6 are handled through Manchester Admissions policy and Procedures. Nursery applications are handled through our school office. Our School is inclusive and has a well earned reputation for the all round quality of education it offers children who experience barriers to learning.