Little Dewchurch is a 4-11 Church of England Primary School that strives to motivate all of our children. We hope that we teach our children in the way that best suits their learning style, and it is our intention to help all parents/carers support us in optimising each child’s individual development.
Our principal motto is ‘Achievement through Effort’, whereby we encourage all pupils to achieve their full potential by helping them to give their best. This potential can be academic, physical, social, aesthetic or spiritual, or a mixture of these.
We are committed to raising standards of achievement and ensuring a culture of high expectations and success for every child. Attainment and achievement levels have improved significantly over the past 4 years and our success was endorsed through our latest Ofsted inspection in February 2013, which judged the school to be outstanding in all areas. We do hope you will take the time to read our Ofsted report, which is available on the school website and the Ofsted website.
We believe that the ethos of the school is based around ‘working together and playing together’ within a sound Christian background. We encourage pupils to treat each other in the way they would like to be treated themselves. The ethos attempts to create a family atmosphere where everyone feels they belong.
We aim to create a caring community in which our pupils feel safe, secure, supported and happy and where they can expect to be treated fairly.
- to give each pupil opportunities to feel successful and special. This can lead to a feeling of greater confidence which can in turn lead to greater achievements - a successful and productive cycle.
- to create good working relationships with all parents
- to draw on the support of all the adults who are working for the best of our pupils. We adopt an ‘open-door’ policy where we hope parents will join us on a termly basis at our Parents’ Evenings to discuss progress and achievement of their curricular targets. We encourage more regular contact if there are circumstances at home or in school that are affecting a child’s progress.
All parents receive an annual report on children’s progress.
We hope that the above aims may help to create an atmosphere of mutual trust that will enable us to get the best from the pupils in our care.
We like to think of ourselves as being a part of a large family where we share our successes and pleasant moments but where we also communicate our problems. Our School Council is very proactive, led by Andy Richards and all children are committed to developing our school as part of the whole community. In recent years we’ve adopted a weekly programme called “Philosophy for Children”. It is a weekly class-based session, enabling the children to develop their debating skills and to raise ‘world-wide’ questions of interest – ones that are discussed and explored in a sensitive, non-judgmental way. One of our nicest moments each week is where children share and celebrate personal successes (either in school or out), children of the week are selected by each class, awards are presented and those who have a birthday receive a sticker, and everyone sings “Happy Birthday” around a celebration candle. These typify the type of things that are encouraged at Little Dewchurch Primary School