Our Values and Aims in the Words of our Children…
“At Georgeham School we try to be responsible, honest and kind. We also try to use a growth mindset and do our best at all times.”
We believe that a good school develops confidence and self esteem, encourages a sense of wonder, curiosity and consideration for the world around. It creates the widest opportunities and has the highest expectations for all its members both children and staff alike. A good school recognises that a child learns courtesy, tolerance, commitment, integrity and responsibility from personal experience both at home and in school. We learn to value others by being valued ourselves, whoever we are. In partnership with parents and with the support of the Church and wider community our school recognises a positive and enthusiastic attitude to lifelong learning. We want to promote a sense of belonging and together with the personal qualities of honesty, kindness and self discipline form the basis for success and happiness in life.
The aims of our school are to have a secure, effective and caring learning environment where skills can be developed in partnership with parents and supported by the Church and wider community to form the basis for success and happiness in life.
We do this by:-
- Providing a curriculum which is broad, balanced, stimulating and challenging. This must include Literacy and Numeracy skills but also combine good educational practice with the skills and interests of the staff to provide a curriculum which equips the children for their present and future
- Encouraging children and staff to have the highest expectations of themselves both in their work and behaviour. It is important to accept challenges and to learn both from success and failure
- Providing quality resources
- Valuing the process of learning and the skills involved as well as the end product
- Encouraging and praising wherever possible
- Giving equality of opportunity to all pupils and valuing their individual contributions to the life of the school
- Allowing time to reflect on our own learning, valuing achievements, setting new targets and making sound choices which move towards greater independence
- Providing opportunities for teamwork so that we may enjoy co-operating with and learning from each other
- Being there to support children and their families whenever needed, fostering the sense of belonging and working with the Church and wider community to achieve this
Our Ethos Statement
Georgeham is a Church of England school in the Diocese of Exeter. Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church in the parish and the diocese. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experiences it offers to all its pupils.”
Our Distinctiveness as a Church of England School
We welcome children, staff and their families and friends to our school whatever their faith or tradition. Our school aims to give all pupils experience and knowledge of the Christian faith explicitly through our Worship and RE, and implicitly through our behaviour and attitudes throughout our school day. We have a special cross in our entrance given to us by a previous Chair of Governors. The pictures painted on the cross remind us of God’s wonderful creation and of our responsibility to care for it. The symbol of the cross speaks of Jesus’ death and the bright colours remind us that we serve a living God in our school, our lives and our community.
The local Churches work closely together and we invite ministers and members of the church to support us in school. They do this through their prayers and visits and the children also regularly visit the local churches throughout the year as part of RE and collective worship.
It is vital that we introduce children to other faiths and that they appreciate their importance to others and this is reflected in our RE lessons. We encourage respect and questioning through experiences of Christianity and other faiths to give the children a basis to work out their own values and beliefs.
The Christian faith is the focus of our Collective Worship. We aim to give children the opportunity to learn from Bible stories, inspirational and significant Christian people,and to understand how the life of Jesus can guide us in our lives. Assemblies and Collective Worship provide children with the opportunity for daily prayer and reflection.
We promote respect for all our similarities and differences as a community, both in the school and as part of the wider world.