Being entrusted with a child’s education is an enormous privilege and responsibility. Most of our school staff are parents and we know how important the primary years are in setting children on a fulfilling, ambitious and happy course. Primary school is where children begin to discover who they are, what they like doing and what path they might take in the future. We thank parents for their trust in us, and their partnership with us, and we do not take it lightly.
Our recent Ofsted report (July 2017) stated that “Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the leadership of the school.” We believe this is because we invest in our relationship with parents, knowing that it is only working together that we can secure the best outcomes for children. We take time to talk to parents at the beginning and end of days, make time for formal and informal consultations about progress, put on curriculum information meetings and have termly parental consultations about areas of school life.
A small school brings particular advantages to it. We can offer a family-feel and a personalised education. Parents sometimes ask how we manage to teach in mixed-age classes – it is because we do not view children as belonging to a particular year group but we see them as an individual. Ofsted recognised this, “In mixed-age classes pupils often receive bespoke provision according to their individual needs.”
As well as making time for parents, we believe in listening to children. We want to produce young citizens who will be active and participate in their community and world. They need to know that adults in school are ‘for them’ and will take their views seriously. Pupils in Year 1 to Year 6 belong to a School Council and they take part in regular speaking and listening activities. We treat children with respect and expect them to treat each other in the same way. We expect high standards of behaviour and this means pupils enjoy being at school and behave well.
We welcome visits to the school. Come and spend some time with us, see our school in action and experience for yourself our caring, family atmosphere. As parents, you play an important role in the education of your child. We look forward to enjoying a happy and rewarding partnership with your family.
Mrs Tracey Cansdale on behalf of the School Community
One of the things that make our school special is that we have experienced staff working in our school. Each moment of the school day is a precious opportunity for children to learn and flourish and we believe experienced staff can help children make the most of this. All of our teachers have taught in different kinds of schools before coming to Christ Church CE Primary School and are able to bring this experience to our environment. Our staff see themselves as learners too and are always open to new ideas and ways of working but also have the wisdom to know what helps children develop best. Many of our staff have also had jobs and careers in areas other than education and this broad experience of life helps them to prepare children for a changing world.