At Horton St Michael's CE First School we pride ourselves in providing a rich and varied curriculum which prepares children for life in the modern world. We are highly aspirational for all of our children and teaching is responsive to children's needs and targets.  Our creative curriculum encompasses all areas of the core and foundation subjects and our children learn through topic based teaching.

We aim for our children to become caring and responsible citizens who:

  • Respect others
  • Are secure in their own values and beliefs
  • Have a sense of wellbeing, self-worth and their place in society
  • Understand how to keep themselves and others safe
  • Can make good choices
  • Can communicate well
  • Can work with resilience, determination and independence
  • Can work with others
  • Are literate and numerate
  • Have a love or learning
  • Can solve problems
  • Are investigative, resourceful and creative
  • Are prepared for change
  • Can use technology responsibly with and with confidence
  • Use their skills in different situations

We aim to do this by:

  • Equipping children with skills for life in literacy, numeracy and computing and applying these skills throughout the curriculum
  • Making learning meaningful by putting it into context through topic work
  • Assessing children's learning and using this as a starting point for next steps teaching
  • Creating a sense of responsibility for own learning through marking and feedback and dialogue between teacher and child
  • Involving parents in learning
  • Bringing learning to life through visits, focus weeks, activity days,  community learning
  • Encouraging pupil responsibility through school council, house teams and circle times
  • Running a flexible timetable which allows children to explore, investigate and learn in depth
  • Developing links with our local and global community
  • Ensuring coverage of the national curriculum by using a systematic tracking system
  • Working with our diocese
  • Including all children in all aspects of learning and ensuring their needs are catered for


SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership.  The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support.  In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Education of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.

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