Prospectus 2021/22 - Acorn Integrated Primary School & Nursery

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Prospectus 2021/22 - Acorn Integrated Primary School & Nursery
Acorn Integrated
      Primary School
         & Nursery

    Prospectus 2021/22

Please note that this booklet includes our normal routines,
changes may be in place in light of the current pandemic.


Title                                   Page Number
Contact Details                         3
Welcome to Acorn                        4
School Origins                          5
Governors and Staff                     6
Teachers’ Responsibilities              7
Transport/Free School Meals             7
School Times                            7
Admissions Criteria                     8-10
Waiting List Policy                     11
Uniform                                 12-13
Methods and Approaches                  13
Homework                                14
Charges and Remissions                  14
Parental Involvement                    14
Pastoral Care                           15
Learning Support                        15
Provision of the Arts                   15
Sports’ Provision                       16
Shared Education                        17

Contact Details

       Acorn Integrated Primary School
                      110 Victoria Road
                          BT38 7JL

                     Tel: 028 9336 0115



    Acorn Integrated Primary is an integrated, all-ability,
      co-educational school for primary age children.

                Opened at Kilroot Park 1992

                 Opened at permanent site
            110 Victoria Road in September 1995
              Extension opened January 2016

Welcome to Acorn

If you are considering sending your child to Acorn, we hope that the
information within this prospectus is of use to you. If your child is to join
us for the first time we welcome you as parents and look forward to a
happy and constructive association over the coming years. If you already
have a child in the school, we are pleased to renew the links between us.

This booklet provides information on the school, its aims, curriculum and
activities. Confidence in a school comes from knowing and understanding
what is happening within it. We hope you will extend your knowledge
through contact and take advantage of the occasions for meeting and
consultation. It is important that mutual understanding and trust should
be the basis of our shared responsibility.

It is our hope that your child has a happy and successful time at Acorn.

                      Grouping of Classes
              Each year group from Nursery to Primary 7 has one class.
                              Enrolment number: 203
                               Admission number: 29
                               Attendance Rate: 94%

The information in this booklet is correct at time of publication. However, there may
be changes during the course of the year or in subsequent years.

School Origins,
                 Organisation and Future
In March 1991, a group of Protestant and Catholic parents in Carrickfergus met
to discuss the possibility of establishing an integrated primary school in the area.
This initial meeting was followed by a public meeting and with support from the
Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education they applied to the
Department of Education for permission to open a school in our town. Obtaining
a suitable building proved to be difficult but eventually Kilroot Business Park
agreed to allow its old computer room to be transferred into a temporary school
building. The transformation defied words. Parents literally worked day and
night to move a mobile for the playgroup and paint, plumb and equip the

On 1 September 1992 the new school opened with 32 pupils in the school and
14 children in the Playgroup. The official opening at Kilroot Park was performed
on 23 September 1992 by Lady Jean Mayhew. From the earliest days, parents
consulted the Housing Executive and the Department of Education regarding a
permanent site at Prince Andrew Way. In September 1995, with the help of the
Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education and the Bank of Ireland, we
moved to our new building and temporary classroom. The new school building
at Victoria Road was officially opened by Trevor Ringland on 10 October 1996.
Each year we continued to expand. We now have one full class at each age
group. The school is directly funded by the Department of Education.

The playgroup continues to thrive at Victoria Road, operational daily from
12.30-3.15pm. In 2001 the Department of Education gave approval to a nursery
unit development at our school. This nursery is an integral part of the school,
admitting 26 pupils each year.

Governors and Staff
Board of Governors
                Chairperson                 Mr Paul Comins
                Treasurer                   Mrs Paula MacCorquodale

                Governors                   Mr James Macaulay
                                            Ms Alex Barnett
                                            Mrs Lara Branagh
                                            Mr Mark Kelly
                                            Mr David Branagh
                                            Mrs Gillian Revie
                                            Mrs Tanya Phillips
                                            Mr Gordon Milliken
                                            Miss Karen McCosh
                                            Mrs Athena Davis

School Staff
       Principal                            Mrs Clodagh Webb
       P7 Teacher                           Miss Karen McCosh
       P6 Teacher                           Mrs Judith Trussell
       P5 Teacher/ Vice Principal           Mrs Claire Hamilton
       P4 Teacher                           Mrs Sharon McIlmail
       P3 Teacher                           Mrs Athena Davis
       P2 Teachers                          Mrs Juliane Keane/Mrs Joanne Arbuthnot
       P1 Teacher                           Mrs Charlene Higgins
       Nursery Teacher                      Mrs Anna Rolloos /Mrs Joanne Arbuthnot

       Nursery Assistant                    Mrs Shonagh Patterson
       Classroom Assistants                 Mrs Michelle Hill
                                            Mrs Emma Middleton
                                            Mrs Angie Dalton
                                            Mrs Elaine Christian
                                            Mrs Sharon Russell
                                            Mrs Carlene Wady
                                            Mrs Rosemary Welsh
                                            Miss Ashley Lawder
                                            Mrs Nicola Johnston
                                            Miss Megan Stephenson
                                            Mrs Jane Bromage
                                            Ms Deborah Reid
                                            Mrs Joanne Beggs
                                            Mrs Lynsay McCulloch
                                            Mrs Julie-Ann Humphries
                                            Mrs Sharon Thoburn
       Playgroup Leader                     Mrs Shonagh Patterson
       Playgroup Assistant                  Mrs Sara Henderson

       Reception                            Miss Sheridan Nicholl

       Supervisory Assistants       Mrs Sharon Thoburn                Mrs Angie Dalton
                                    Mrs Rosemary Seaton               Mrs Nicola Patton
                                    Mrs Julie-Ann Humphries           Mrs Lyndsay McCulloch
       Dining Assistants            Mrs Laureen McFall                Mrs Ruth Gregory

       Building Supervisor                  Mrs Dawn Davidson
       Contract Cleaner                     Mrs Tina Bennett
       Crossing Patrol                      Mr Richard Burnside

Teachers’ Responsibilities
    Foundation and Key Stage 1 Co-ordinator                    Mrs Sharon McIlmail
           Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator                            Mrs Claire Hamilton
                  Assessment                                   Mrs Claire Hamilton
                 Special Needs                                 Miss Karen McCosh
                    Literacy                                    Mrs Athena Davis
                   Numeracy                                    Mrs Sharon McIlmail
                       ICT                                    Mrs Charlene Higgins
               World Around Us                                 Mrs Sharon McIlmail
                    The Arts                                   Mrs Judith Trussell
              Religious Education                   Mrs Charlene Higgins / Mrs Sharon McIlmail
              Physical Education                               Mrs Judith Trussell
               Child Protection                       Mrs Anna Rolloos /Mrs Sharon McIlmail
                 Pastoral Care                                  Mrs Anna Rolloos
                    First Aid                                  Mrs Judith Trussell
                  School Trips                                 Mrs Judith Trussell
                 Teacher Tutor                                 Mrs Claire Hamilton
            Activity Based Learning                             Mrs Anna Rolloos
             Community Relations                               Miss Karen McCosh

Transport/Free School Meals
To check your child’s eligibility for transport assistance or free school meals please access the
following link: and

                                  School Times
Pupils must be in school by 8.55am
School begins at 9.00am

Break            10.30am – 10.40am
Lunch            12 noon – 12.55pm

Home time – P1, P2 & P3                    2.00pm
Home time – P4, P5, P6 & P7                3.00pm

            Children are expected to arrive at school from 8.45am to 8.55am
            The playground is supervised by staff from 8.45am only
            On wet days the children will come in to the assembly hall

The main school gates will remain closed and there is only pedestrian access to the school
grounds. Please be mindful of local residents when parking. Please do not drop off or pick up on
the yellow zig zag lines or double yellow lines or block the main school gates.
We are a Sustrans Active Travel School and we encourage the children to walk to school when
possible or to park and stride. Downshire Presbyterian Church have kindly allowed us to use
their car park for this on the understanding that the church is not responsible for any loss or
damage incurred by anyone when they are using the car park.
On Monday to Thursday the children are encouraged to bring a healthy break into school, no
crisps, chocolate or fizzy drinks please. Friday is treat day, with the children bringing in a small
treat for break. Access to drinking water or water fountains are available throughout the school
for the children and they are also encouraged to bring a bottle of water into school for use
throughout the day.
School dinners are available at the current rate, £2.60 per day or £13.00 per week payable on a
Monday via the School Money App.
Packed lunches should be well balanced and nutritious. The school operates a ‘nut free’ zone for
the safety of children with nut allergies.

Admissions Criteria
Acorn is an integrated co-educational school which welcomes, respects and cherishes children
of all religious and non-religious categories, whilst retaining its own Christian character. It is
committed to educating children of differing beliefs together and strives to maintain a
balanced enrolment as defined by the Statement of Principles of the Northern Ireland Council
for Integrated Education (NICIE). To this end places will be allocated thus: 13 places for Roman
Catholic, 13 places for Protestant and 3 places for other children. (Other is defined as neither
Protestant nor Roman Catholic).

Information / Application Form
It is required that parents/guardians seeking admissions for their child or children must
complete both the Acorn Information Form and the Education Authority’s online application
form. The Board of Governors will use the information provided on all forms to decide which
children should be admitted in the event of over-subscription. Should no Acorn Information
Form be received the candidate will be placed in the ‘Other’ category. Should there be any
conflicting information between the online and paper applications in the admissions
process, the information provided on the written application form will supersede the online
Documentation (including the child’s Birth Certificate) which is submitted in support of your
application should be provided to the school/provider of first preference on or before 12.00
noon (GMT) on 5 February 2021.
The Board of Governors of an integrated school must use its best endeavours, in exercising its
functions under the Education Orders, to ensure that the management, control and ethos of
the school such as are likely to attract to the school reasonable numbers of both Protestant
and Roman Catholic pupils. The collection and processing of information regarding the
religious/perceived community background of children set out above is necessary in order for
the Board of Governors of an integrated school to carry out its statutory functions and fulfil
its public task.
The Board of Governors seek to reflect in the total number admitted to the school the overall
balance set by NICIE (see opening paragraph) and to that end appoints and delegates to the
Admissions Sub-Committee, comprising the Principal and at least three Governors, the
selection process. The Admissions Sub-Committee divides the applications into three
categories, i.e. Other, Protestant, Roman Catholic. If any category is over-subscribed at this
stage the Admissions criteria listed below are applied. In any category which is under-
subscribed all those children which fit into this category will be admitted. Should there be any
surplus of places which arises from any under-subscribed category that surplus will be
distributed as follows:
1.   Any surplus arising from the under subscribed category of ‘Other’ will be distributed
     equally, where possible, between the categories of Protestant and Roman Catholic. If
     there are an odd number of places the extra place will be allocated to the category with
     the highest number of children.
2.   Any surplus arising from the under subscribed category of either Protestant or Roman
     Catholic will be apportioned in the percentage of 78% to an oversubscribed category of

Protestant or Roman Catholic and 22% to an oversubscribed category of ‘Other’ where
possible or to the nearest workable number.
Where a distribution is made of any surplus of places to any of the three categories resulting
in such category or categories either remaining or becoming over-subscribed the admissions
criteria are applied.
Children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission to the school
will be selected before any child not so resident as per Article 16 of the 1997 Education Order.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application
form and the Acorn Integrated Primary School Primary 1 Admissions Information Form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to
the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
During the admissions procedure when applying the criteria punctual applications will be
considered before late applications are considered. The application procedure opens on 7
January 2021 at 12 noon (GMT) and an application submitted by the closing date of 29
January 2021 at 12 noon (GMT) will be treated as a punctual application. An application
received after 12 noon (GMT) on 29 January 2021 will be treated as a late application.

Admissions criteria to be used in the event of the school being oversubscribed. The criteria
are listed in order of priority. Only children of compulsory school age will be considered for
1. The child who has a brother/sister; a half-brother/half-sister; a foster brother or foster
     sister who currently attends or has attended Acorn Integrated Primary School.
2.   The child is the first child in the family to attend a mainstream school.
3.   The child has attended or is currently attending Acorn Integrated Nursery or Acorn
     Playgroup at closing date of applications.
4.   The child’s parent attended Acorn Integrated Primary School.
5.   In the event of over-subscription children will be selected for admission on
     the basis of initial letter of surname (as entered on the birth certificate) in
     the order set out below:
               H Z S B X C J W F I N P Y V O M R E D K U A T Q G L
This order was determined by a randomised selection of the letters of the alphabet. In the
event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter, the subsequent letter of the surname
as entered on the birth certificate will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two
identical surnames, the alphabetical order of the initials of the forenames as entered on the
birth certificate will be used. In the event of forenames beginning with the same initial letter
the subsequent letters of the forenames as entered on the birth certificate will be used in
alphabetical order.

The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may
determine to support or verify information on any application.
If the requested evidence is not provided to the Board of Governors by the deadline given,
this will result in the withdrawal of an offer of a place. Similarly, if information is supplied
which appears to be false or misleading in any material way, the offer of a place will be

In the case of an unsuccessful application, the parent/guardian must indicate on the Acorn
Integrated Primary Information Form whether or not they wish to remain on the Acorn
Integrated Primary waiting list.
Our waiting list policy is as follows; should a vacancy arise after placement letters have been
issued all applications for admission to P1 at Acorn Integrated Primary that were initially
refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been
provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in
place until 30 June 2021.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the Primary 1 class by this

                          Applications and Admissions to Primary 1
               Year                   Total Applications          Total Admissions
            2018/2019                         23                         23
            2019/2020                         32                         30
            2020/2021                         27                         27

Acorn Integrated Primary School
Waiting List Policy for Years 2 – 7
Transfer between Primary Schools Years 2 – 7

Acorn IPS operates a waiting list policy for all applications received by the school for
admission to Years 2 – 7. Consideration of applications for admission to Year 1 will follow
the normal processes and criteria as published in the EA (North Eastern Region) booklet
Admissions to Primary Education for the current school year.
A sub- committee of the Board of Governors, the Admissions Committee, which consists
of at least three Governors plus the Principal, meets to decide on criteria and the
application thereof OR the Board of Governors may delegate the responsibility for
organisation of admissions on a day to day basis to the Principal
A waiting list is defined as a record of the names of all pupils who wish to be considered
for admission to the school when a place becomes available. Application to Acorn IPS
will only be considered on completion of an Application for Admission to Acorn IPS other
than Year 1. This form is available from the school office. On this form
parents/guardians will indicate whether they wish their child to remain on the waiting
list if unsuccessful.
A child on the waiting list will be admitted if a vacancy arises provided that:
     1. The school will not exceed its enrolment number as determined by DE
     2. The class size of 29 pupils, as determined by DE, will not be exceeded
     3. Their acceptance does not affect the efficient delivery of the curriculum within
        the class and their admission would not be prejudicial to the efficient use of
     4. The Board of Governors reserves the right to limit the classes to a manageable

Admissions criteria to be used in the event of the school being oversubscribed i.e.
the number of applications for admission exceeding the number of vacant places for
Years 2 to 7
The criteria are listed in order of priority.
   1. The child is resident in Northern Ireland
     2. Religious balance to be maintained
     3. Sibling(s) in attendance at the school
     4. Preference will be given to children coming from other integrated schools
     5. Date of application
     6. Children will be selected on the basis of initial letter of surname (as entered on
        Birth Certificate) in the order published in ‘Admission to Primary Education’ (EA,
        North Eastern Region) for Acorn IPS for the current school year

The school will contact the parents/guardians of all those children whose names are on
the waiting list in June of each year to determine whether they wish to remain on the
waiting list.


The school uniform was designed and decided upon by parents. It is compulsory to
wear uniform at all times, unless otherwise advised. Uniform aids the image and
status of the school in the community. It also enhances good order and discipline in
the school.


Primary 1 and 2
Black or navy shoes or plain trainers with Velcro fastenings, no markings or shoelaces
please, navy joggers or leggings, white Acorn polo shirt and a navy Acorn sweatshirt
or navy Acorn jumper. Girls may wear a tunic or skirt but your child must be able to
adjust clothing e.g. tights to go to the toilet without adult assistance.
No belts, buckles or buttons and elasticated waists only for this age group.

Primary 1 – 4:
Wellington boots for outside learning
Primary 5 – 7
Old shoes or Wellington boots for outside learning

Primary 3 – 7
Boys: Black shoes, grey socks, charcoal grey trousers, navy v-neck Acorn jumper,
white shirt, Acorn school tie
Girls: Black shoes (no raised heels), grey socks or white socks or navy tights, charcoal
grey trousers or skirt or tunic, navy v-neck Acorn jumper, white shirt, Acorn school

(i.e. after Easter break to end of June and in September as the weather allows)
BOYS                                            GIRLS
White short sleeved shirt or                    Green checked dress
Acorn Polo shirt                                White short sleeved shirt or
Grey school shorts                              Acorn Polo shirt
                                                Grey school shorts
NO sandals for safety reasons                   NO sandals for safety reasons

Uniforms can be purchased from Gordon’s, Green Street, Cuddy’s, West Street,
Pebbles, or Gary’s.
Obviously all uniforms look alike so please label each item of your child’s clothing.
If earrings are to be worn, studs only and they MUST be covered (at home) for PE
lessons and removed for swimming lessons.

Physical Education Kit
All primary school children have P.E. regularly and need a white Acorn polo shirt, navy
shorts and soft-soled plimsolls, not trainers. Primary 1 and 2 children use plimsolls
only initially. A bag that can be securely fastened with a drawstring is the most
convenient way of storing P.E. things in school. It is a good idea to ask your child to
bring home their P.E. kit each week for washing and to check that shoes still fit. Long
hair must be tied back for PE lessons.
All P.E. kits should be clearly named.

Kit bags and polo shirts are available from the suppliers listed above.
Lost property: Mrs Davidson, the Building Supervisor is in charge of lost property
which will be held for two months and then recycled.

                    Methods & Approaches

       Our school is open to boys and girls of whatever culture or background, from
       any religion and none. We aim to maintain a reasonable balance between
       Catholics and Protestants, as laid down in the Statement of Principles of the
       Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education. Our children are educated
       together, in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect.

Child-centred Education

       At Acorn Integrated Primary School we are concerned with encouraging
       children to understand and value others. It is therefore particularly important
       that the children grow to value themselves. We are concerned about the
       children’s happiness and well-being, their present as well as their future, and
       each child’s self-esteem will be nurtured. In educating the children we take
       account of their interests, abilities, and present stage of development.

Homework should provide parents with examples of the work being done in school and also
give practice and reinforcement to the child. During parents’ workshops, parents will be given
guidance in ways to help their own children at home. Homework will also be seen as a means
of communication between home and school. Parents are asked to check and sign the work and
if they wish, add comments. No homework will normally be given at weekends or during
holidays. The time spent on homework should never be more than 45 minutes in P7 and
progressively less in lower classes in the school.

                      Charges and Remissions
Education provided wholly or mainly during school hours will be free with the exception of
individual music tuition if provided. There may be a charge for school trips during the year.

                        Parental Involvement
Parents are welcome in Acorn and are encouraged to become actively involved in the life of the
school. We aim to create an active partnership between parents and teachers. There are
Foundation and Key Stage 1 (Primary 1 to 4) and 2 (Primary 5 to 7) curriculum information
afternoons for parents held early in the Autumn term. Twice a year parents will be invited to
discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher. Parents will receive a detailed report at the
end of each school year. In addition, parents’ workshops may be organised to enable parents
to find out more about new developments in education with the class teacher or Principal.

Parent helpers occasionally help by going with classes on school trips or assist by supervising
other activities. We are very grateful for their help in the past and will be equally grateful in
the future. If you can offer any time, please obtain Access NI information from the school
office to have a police check carried out annually.

The school has an excellent Parents’ Council, which provides invaluable support for the work
of the school, both through fundraising and by organising social events for the school and the
wider community.

To keep parents up to date, information notes are sent home via email, text or with the children.
Current mobile phone numbers and email addresses must be given to the school office to
facilitate this, please note communication can only be sent to one text number/email address
for each family. A monthly Acorn Newsletter keeps everyone informed of activities, events
and successes and this is also published on the school website.

Parents are always welcome to come to the school to discuss any aspect of their children’s
progress. They should not hesitate to contact staff, by arrangement, to seek advice on any
matter. If there is a problem, the staff would appreciate knowing first. The Principal and the
staff will make themselves available to meet parents whenever possible. To avoid disruption
of classroom work, an appointment should be made at a mutually convenient time via the
school office.

Pastoral Care
In line with the policy of maximising the potential of each child, the school recognises
that it has a responsibility to do everything possible to care for each pupil’s physical
and emotional well-being. The school will endeavour to provide a comfortable and
safe environment for learning. Due to the nature of primary education, it will be the
responsibility of each class teacher to look after the pastoral needs of the children in
his/her class. Class teachers will attempt to resolve the worries of new pupils and to
relieve their anxieties. All teachers will be grateful for information about any difficult
home or school circumstances which may be causing distress or anxiety to a child.
Should parents feel reluctant to divulge such information to a teacher, the Principal may
be contacted in confidence.

When a child is sick or injured the school will, in the first instance, attempt to contact
a parent so that they may care for the child. If this is not possible the school will, where
necessary, take the child to the clinic or hospital and efforts will continue to contact a
parent. All parents are asked to nominate an emergency contact for use in such

Mrs Rolloos is the Designated Teacher for Child Protection. Mrs McIlmail is her
Mr Paul Comins, Chairperson of the Board of Governors and Mrs Tanya Phillips are
the designated Governors for Child Protection.

                           Learning Support
Our learning support policy ensures that provision is made to support children who have
a requirement for learning support. All teachers plan to cater for the needs of all
children in their care. Our school was built to suit children with physical handicaps.
There are no steps and we have a medical hygiene room. Miss McCosh is the Special
Educational Needs Co-ordinator.

                       Provision of the Arts
We aim to have a production of a school musical event biennially. This provides the
children with an opportunity to participate in drama and or song and is greatly
enjoyed by all.
We offer piano, guitar, brass and string tuition with private and EA tutors who visit
school on a weekly basis. Our school choir takes part in services such as Harvest,
visits to local nursing homes during December and have participated in Carrickfergus
Music Festival and Larne Music Festival.

Provision of Sport
The aims of our physical education programme at Acorn are to: -
1.     promote a sense of fun, success and enjoyment in all physical activity;
2.     develop a sense of fair play, sharing and co-operation;
3.     develop increased confidence in sport;
4.     promote an awareness of health related issues.

In accordance with the N.I. Curriculum the children will participate in the following
activities as available:
1. Games: Football coaching for Primary 2, 3 and 4 and Tag Rugby and Cricket
coaching for Primary 7 pupils.
2. Gymnastics
3. Dance
4. Athletics
5. Swimming (P4 - P7)

Our Under 10/Under11 Football Teams compete in the local schools’ league.

Each class is timetabled for two sessions per week.

We have excellent facilities at Acorn. We are proud of our well-equipped
gymnasium, our tarmac area with and our generously sized playing field, with large
outdoor play equipment.

After-school activities
In addition to the curriculum there are also a variety of after school clubs offered, e.g.
football, gymnastics, drama, street dance and cycling proficiency. For Primary 6 and
7 there are also annual educational trips during which activities such as football,
kayaking, sailing and orienteering may take place.

P.E. Uniform
In order to provide the P.E. curriculum pupils MUST wear the appropriate clothing.
They will need:
•      Acorn polo shirt
•      navy shorts/skirt
•      sports socks
•      plimsolls/non marking trainers
•      long hair must be tied up
•      jewellery is not to be worn (if earrings are worn then only sleepers covered in
       tape and removed for swimming)
•      trainers and shin pads are compulsory for football and hockey and mouth
       guards for hockey.

Shared Education
Our Shared Education partner school is Oakfield Primary and all our classes from
Nursery to Primary 7 participate in shared education classes with their peers from the
partner school.


The partnership started with a solid foundation resulting from work on the Community
Relations Equality and Diversity NI (CRED) programme with key stage two classes from
both schools. The next natural step was to extend this through Shared Education with the aim
of involving all classes from Nursery to Year 7. Within a relationship built on trust, common
areas for development were identified and actions planned to address these. The areas
identified included activity-based learning and numeracy. The overarching aim of making a
positive difference within the wider community, was achieved through collaborative work
involving stakeholders including the staff, parents, pupils and governors.

                                  Our Shared Vision
Creating a collaborative Shared Education partnership between Oakfield Primary
School and Acorn Integrated Primary School, developing pupils as successful learners in
a secure atmosphere and empowering confident individuals to respectfully contribute
and transform their community and the wider world.


Carefully planned training in a number of areas which married to the shared school
development needs, was rolled out to stakeholders. A useful example was the playful learning
course facilitated by Stranmillis College. Staff returned enthused about their shared learning
and disseminated the key points to all staff. The practical out workings of this resulted in the
direct development of outdoor learning within each school. Parents from both schools
subsequently attended a seminar, provided by school staff, followed by a practical and
interactive joint play session with the children from their Year 1 classes.


Staff now feel empowered to confidently deliver activity-based learning and have the capacity
to sustain this improvement. Parents report how valuable they have found the experience and
how they could adapt what was presented, in the many areas and stations, to a home
environment with their own child. Parents and children from both schools continue to
integrate naturally, with friendships and connections that will be nurtured into the
future. Significantly, through the Queens University Survey, the Year 7 pupils report
increased confidence, regarding their transition to post-primary schools, as a direct result of
the extensive friendships made through our Shared Education programme.


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