School name: Portfield School
Headteacher: Sue Painter
Number of pupils: 147
Children at Portfield School in Haverfordwest are at the forefront of using technology to enhance their work.
Following an extensive external assessment the school has been awarded the prestigious NAACE ICT Mark - again.
The award recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of technology in both administration and across the curriculum. The ICT Mark is made when the school has satisfied an assessor that their plans and provisions have met or exceeded the national standard.
As a Digital Pioneer school, Portfield School is leading a group of special schools in the development of the new Digital Competence framework, working with the Welsh Government and other pioneer primary and secondary schools.
The draft framework will be developed in readiness to share with all schools in Wales for September 2016.
Portfield School use a range of technology to support pupils access the curriculum and communicate such as eye gaze technology and tablet computers.
Pupils use technology in many lessons and learn about e-safety.
Headteacher Sue Painter said: “The ICT mark assessor was impressed by the way teaching enables pupils to develop and use their digital capability with confidence through a wide range of appropriate contexts and challenging experiences.
“I believe that technology has had a huge impact on access and communication and enables young people to have a voice and develop skills for life.”
The school was identified as ‘Green’ in relation to the WG National Categorisation system.
Following a visit to the school, ERW Challenge Adviser Heidi Brenton identified the school provision as highly effective with nearly all pupils making very good progress towards their IEP targets and an improving trend in outcomes in all key stages.
“The professional development of all staff is a high priority and meticulously planned for,” said Mrs Painter.
“We monitor all aspects of the school’s work and have very rigorous self-evaluation procedures.” The school is highly effective in its use of data at individual pupil level, has innovative bespoke systems for tracking progress and is a lead school in exemplary moderation activities along with special schools across ERW and Wales.
The school has developed an effective Performance Management cycle rooted in school improvement, linking pupil targets, individual IEPs and termly reviews with whole school development planning and CPD.
The school also shares good practice throughout the Local Authority and beyond through an effective outreach programme providing support and expertise in other mainstream schools.