Sundridge Primary School
We are a one form entry school situated in Kingstanding; an area north of the city with high levels of social deprivation (with higher deprivation indices than the LEA and national averages) that include:
• High percentage of children living in a poor living environment (postcode analysis - 100% in quintile 1& 2)
• High percentage of unemployment (postcode analysis - 89.3% in quintile 1 & 2)
• High percentage of low income families (postcode analysis - 84.1% in quintile 1 & 2)
• A high percentage of parents claimed Working Families Tax Credit and Children's Tax Credit to support low incomes.
• High percentage of adults with low eduction, skills and training (postcode analysis - 84% in quintile 1)
• High crime levels locally – especially drug and alcohol related (postcode analysis - 92.1% in quintile 1 & 2)
• High percentage of health deprivation and disability (postcode analysis - 80.9% in quintile 1 & 2)
• Increasing numbers on the special needs register for behavioural issues mainly EBD
• A high percentage of lone parent families with limited experiences outside of their immediate environment
•The statistical profile of the area we serve (2001 census) indicates that Kingstanding is the most deprived ward in the North Birmingham PCT. Life expectancy is approximately 8 years lower for men compared with the Birmingham average. 22.8% of residents had a limiting long-term illness compared with 18.2% across England. Coronary heart disease (21.6%) and various cancers (23.9%) are a concern. The birth of underweight babies was 3.9% higher than the rest of Birmingham.
• Attitudes to eduction and low motivation in the home are not always supportive or positive
The Every Child matters Agenda is at the heart of the school community. We strive to develop strong relationships to motivate and develop a "can do" attitude to develop knowledge and understanding for lifelong learning.
Working with parents and pupils to discuss and solve problems is a key strategy to overcoming disadvantage and changing embedded ambivalent attitudes.
We could not do this without the support and expertise provided by the counsellors from Malachi. They make a difference to the lives of the community we serve by helping them to overcome barriers in their lives.
They offer advice, support, comfort and a way forward to enable the people they see to succeed.
Input from The Malachi Trust is vital, if we are to continue to support our community.