Falls Road Primary School (5622)

School Overview

Falls Road Primary opened in 1981, is an Independent Public School that prides itself on working closely with parents and the community to provide a high quality education that develops resilient, respectful and lifelong learners.

Our school focuses on developing the 'whole child' through exposure to academic, artistic, social and sporting experiences that provide all students with the opportunity to 'shine' and enable them to participate as informed active and responsible members of society.

Our caring, dedicated staff provide a robust curriculum, quality programs, and extra-curricular activities for students, including lessons delivered by specialist teachers in Art, Music, Italian and Physical Education. Our music program includes a school choir and instrumental tuition for selected students. The school provides a safe and supportive learning environment for students and welcomes parent involvement in school-based programs.

In 2017 Falls Road Primary School was identified as one of the high gain schools across Australia (in the top 20 in WA) that achieved substantially above the expected gain from Year 3 to Year 5 in the 2016 National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results. This is a reflection on the effectiveness of the programs, the strategies we have and also the quality of the teachers and support staff at Falls Road.
To continue maintaining these standards, we use a range of strategies including our Whole School English and Maths Plans which ensure connectedness across the year levels; our targeted Intensive Reading Program for Year 3 - Year 6 students; and our small group support programs for students across the school.

In 2018, a continued focus on Reading Comprehension skills and the Writing Process through the '7 Steps to Writing Success' and Talk for Writing will ensure ongoing development in these key literacy areas.

We will continue to build on and develop students' Science, Technology, English and Maths (STEM) skills through the use of a range of hands-on, engaging and relevant resources. This has been enhanced through the completion of a separate STEM classroom funded by the school and the P&C in a joint partnership. In ICT, students have access to a lab of computers as well as a mini-lab of laptops that are used for a variety of tasks. There are pods of iPads for class use and every classroom has an interactive whiteboard or touch panel. Digital technology skills are enhanced through exposure to and use of a range of different coding resources including robots (Bee-bots, Spheros, Edison robots), on-line programs and investigations as well as a focus on developing students digital keyboard skills.

Falls Road Primary Independent Public School has developed a fantastic team of teaching and non-teaching staff who are committed to achieving and maintaining our high standards of student achievement and identifying effective ways of adding value to programs already in place. We do this through a comprehensive yearly schedule of student assessment in Reading comprehension, Maths, Spelling and Writing and tracking of student achievement from Pre Primary to Year 6.

This is underpinned by a detailed analysis of student data including our NAPLAN tests. Our ability to monitor student achievement will be greatly enhanced through the implementation of 'Datahub' a program that allows us to collate all student assessment results and view them individually, in groups, cohorts and as a whole school in different curriculum areas.

We have been fine tuning this program and it has assisted us in developing benchmarks that we will use to determine the degree of student progress.

This analysis identified a decrease in student achievement. The research identified that schools using the Explicit Teaching Approach were achieving significantly higher results (ie in NAPLAN). This approach improves the transference of learning from short term memory into long term memory.

We have committed to a phased integration of this approach throughout the school, commencing in 2020. The goal is to improve student learning and achievement, particularly in English and Mathematics across Kindergarten to Year 6.

Early intervention strategies are central to the philosophy of the school and are recognised as a cornerstone in developing and fostering life-long learning skills and habits. We have a partnership with Edith Cowan University (ECU) whereby final year Speech Pathology students screen all Kindergarten students, then develop and assist in implementing tailored intervention plans for identified students. The ECU students continue the targeted interventions into Pre-Primary and Year 1 and Year 2 where required.

Falls Road Primary School acknowledges that students learn at different rates and in different ways. We have built a reputation as a responsive and engaging school where parents are seen as partners in the educational process and we work proactively to ensure this is maintained. This has been recognised and acknowledged in both previous IPS External Reviews of the school in 2013 and 2016.

The school is supported through a strong and active partnership with the Parents and Citizens Association and the School Board. Parents are regularly and positively engaged in a range of activities across the school.

We have a range of proactive strategies in place to ensure regular attendance across all year levels and our attendance is consistently higher than the state average.
Our school motto is 'Challenge the Present - Create the Future' and we will continue to do this through a range of innovative and engaging programs and a committed group of teaching and non-teaching personnel.

Visit our website fallsroadps.wa.edu.au or contact us to discover more about our wonderful school.