Welcome to Sherwin Knight Junior School
We aim to create a friendly, supportive and caring atmosphere in which your child can learn and grow and we look forward to getting to know you as individuals whilst aiming to develop each child’s academic potential in pursuit of excellence. The purpose of this booklet is to give you basic information about the school so that you and your child can immediately feel part of it and understand what we are setting out to achieve. The information is correct at the time of writing. We believe strongly that the key to a good education lies in a partnership between the home and the school and that it is important that children see parents and teachers working together in their best interests. If after reading this booklet you still have questions that you would like to ask or information that you think we might need, please contact either Mrs Cross, our Administration Manager, or myself.
Finally, with this booklet you will also have received a copy of our admission forms, home-school contract and the information card that we keep for each child. Please complete all of these and return them to the office preferably by the end of this term, or on the first day of next term. . Should you change any of the details given such as your address, telephone number, doctor or contact number during the time your child is at Sherwin Knight, please let us know as soon as possible.
We hope that you and your child will enjoy your time as members of our school community.
L J Rose
ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
The school was purpose built as a Boys' Secondary School in l936 and was opened as a Junior School in l961 when the Secondary School moved on to the present Temple site. The school was named after Cyril Sherwin Knight, a former Mayor of Rochester.
The Junior School and adjoining Infant School share a large site with spacious grounds overlooking Rochester and the River Medway. The two schools are separate and each have their own Headteacher and their own Governing Body Staff work very closely together however to ensure a smooth transfer of children at seven, as well as regularly discussing curriculum areas, record keeping and other joint concerns.
The Junior School is built round an attractive quadrangle with an additional hutted building and mobiles at the back of the school. The large assembly hall is also used for PE and as a dining area. Midday meals are cooked in the adjoining kitchen. The classrooms, Hall and TV room are all on the ground floor whilst the staff room and Nurture room are housed on the first floor, above the main entrance.In order to work towards the aims for children outlined by the Governors, our approach to the children in our care and to the school community as a whole is based on several major objectives:-
We aim to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum for the children appropriate to their individual needs and capabilities, in which they can realise their potential to the full. Further details about individual curriculum areas can be found in Section Two.
We believe that a sound relationship between the school, the home and the community provides a strong foundation for a successful education. Good communication is an important part of this approach and this booklet is just one way of explaining about the education of your child. Regular newsletters are sent home with up-to-date information about dates, school events and items of interest. Parents are invited into school for meetings, consultation sessions, and open days, etc to view work and discuss approaches to learning. Staff work hard to establish a caring and stable environment for the children in which they can develop as individuals and learn to respect others. We believe that all children should be given full and equal opportunity to develop in an academic, intellectual, physical and social sense.