|Holbeton, PL8 1LT, UK Plymouth|
Confidence in a school comes from knowing and understanding what is happening within it. We hope you will extend your knowledge through contact and regular opportunities for consultation. The education of our children is a joint responsibility and we believe that understanding and trust should form the basis of our shared responsibility.
We hope that your child will spend a happy, stimulating and enriching time in our school.
The aim of the school is to provide a happy, stimulating and caring environment that will enable each child to develop to their full potential academically and to prepare them socially and morally to take a responsible place in the community.
Bearing this in mind, the Governing Body has identified the following priorities.
Maintaining a favourable pupil/teacher ratio is a priority for the Governing Body. We believe that keeping teaching groups small helps to ensure that all children can be treated individually and can be given the opportunity to develop to their full potential.
- To ensure that each child reaches their full academic, social and emotional potential.
To ensure that each child receives a broad and full education embracing the National Curriculum.
- To provide a caring and secure environment.
- To promote acceptable standards of behaviour in partnership with parents and the community.
- To establish close communication links with governors, staff, parents and the Community.
The National Curriculum is the legal entitlement for all children but the whole curriculum of the school goes far beyond the formal timetable. It involves a range of policies and practices to promote the personal and social development of pupils; to accommodate teaching and learning styles; to develop positive attitudes and values, and to forge an effective partnership with parents, the local community and industry.
Curriculum planning is central to the development of a purposeful education. The curriculum of Holbeton School ensures balance, breadth and depth of experience with emphasis on literacy and numeracy. Full account is taken of progress, continuity and different learning abilities.
From September 2007 the school has been designated as a pilot school for the Primary Specialism of music and as such greater opportunities in music through the arts will be offered to pupils with the aims of enjoyment, confidence and developing academic potential for all children.
All children follow programmes of study in all the subjects of the National Curriculum and beyond. Class teaching, co-operative group work and individual work is all used where appropriate. Pupils with special needs receive extra support in the classroom and able students are extended through individual programmes.
Links with the local community are well established. Local people generously give their time to help with the schools continuing success. Extra curricular activities include art & crafts, recorders, French, swimming, computers, book club, cookery, environmental work, five-a-side football, and athletics. Sports teams have enjoyed success over many years and continue to thrive. The children make full use of the swimming pool in the summer term, during and outside the school day. The grass play area and the community sports field are both utilised to the full and the Village Hall is used on a regular basis for P. E. and drama. The curriculum is enriched with a range of cultural and educational visits. The school is twinned with Bodilis Primary School in Brittany and exchange visits take place in alternate years.
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