Ethos/Aims

A Small School on a Big Adventure

 

Our children will be part of an adventurous, caring family. They will have the courage to meet challenges and to learn creatively, making full use of our outstanding natural environment.

 

OUR CORE VALUES

 

Care
We care for ourselves, for each other, for the people in our local community and in the world beyond. We celebrate success, support those who face difficulties and value everyone for who they are and for their different contributions to our school life.

 

Creativity
We are creative in our approach to learning in the classroom, in our outdoor space and through developing skills in forest school. Our children express themselves, not only through the written and spoken word, but also through music, dance, drama, art and crafts.

 

Courage
Our children have the courage to face mental and physical challenges in their learning and in their lives. They have the staying power to succeed by being adaptable and inventive, and by working together to overcome the problems encountered along the way.

 

Our size is one of our greatest assets. It enables us to provide a nurturing, family atmosphere where all our pupils are valued as individuals and are taught according to their strengths and weaknesses, not just their age.

 

Our job is not just about giving every one of our children the very best education, but also inspiring them to become interested, curious, lifelong learners who relish the delights of discovery.  We provide a learning environment which contributes to the development of both technical and non-technical skills by giving our children suitable access to contemporary equipment and technologies, with staff who are equipped with up-to-date skills and knowledge.

 

We want every child in our school to be happy, feel cared for, valued and trusted. Within a creative and challenging curriculum, we seek to develop a culture where children gain the confidence and self-respect to take responsibility for their own learning and work hard to achieve their full potential.

 

While encouraging the family ethos that our small size makes possible, where children of different ages work and play together and look after one another, we also aim to be outward looking, working with the wider community to fully prepare our pupils for life in an increasingly culturally diverse society.

 

We want our school to provide an inspiring and enriching rural environment that is both safe and stimulating; a school that serves the needs of all our children, whatever their abilities. By fostering their curiosity, imagination, creativity and sense of self-worth, we aim to give all our children the inner resources to face the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

 

‘Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire’
W. B. Yeats