FNPS is a primary school located in the inner western suburb of Footscray North and is approximately nine kilometers from the Melbourne CBD. The school caters for students from Prep to Year 6. The current enrollment is 450 students with very strong enrollment expected in the years to come.
Our mission at Footscray North Primary School is to graduate empowered students who are high achieving, socially and emotionally intelligent, globally aware and active citizens in the community.
There is strong alignment of the schools purpose, goals and targets and continuous improvement that is shared. The goals and targets of the strategic plan are clear to all and there continues to be a relentless focus to undertake the right work to improve student learning and to embed a strong belief that the students of FNPS can achieve at high levels. Student learning outcomes have correspondingly improved to be well above expected levels and this Strategic Plan is created to ensure that this continuous improvement is maintained in the near future.
In addition, the school leadership has significant partnerships with other primary schools undertaking focused improvement work and institutions, such as the University of Melbourne and the Victoria University, to partner and support the improvement of student learning.
There has been a sustained and clear focus on building a stimulating learning environment so that every child is engaged in high quality learning. There has been a clear focus on whole-school professional learning, coaching, and building the teaching teams to ensure consistency of teaching and learning practice across the school.
Despite the high percentage of students who start school with literacy and numeracy skills well below the state and regional benchmarks, student learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy are well above expected levels.
There are strong staff and teacher-student relationships at every level and the genuine care and support for every student is evident. Students and parents report that the teaching and learning is engaging and motivating and students love coming to school. Student feedback from forums indicates that students want to set challenging goals and receive effective feedback and have ownership of their learning.
The recent introduction and implementation of the KidsMatter initiative and a range of social emotional programs that support students such as Bounce Back have had positive effects in and out of the classroom.
The diverse, multi-cultural nature of our school community is a strong foundation on which to build respect for ourselves and others. Our whole school commitment to student wellbeing has at its core the school values of:
These values are an integral part of our school and builds a sense of community, inclusion and excellence. We value the concept of working and learning together by creating shared expectations and responsibility for our achievements as well as celebrating our many successes across the school. Footscray North has a dedicated teaching and learning team, a committed School Council and an active group of parents who assist in whole school events and fund raising activities.