|Hampreston C E VA First School|
|Hampreston, BH21 7LX, UK Wimborne|
+44 (0)1202 573074
WELCOME TO OUR SCHOOL!
At Hampreston School we will be laying the foundations for the rest of each child's school life. It is crucial that every child has a happy and productive time with us and that a positive attitude to education is nurtured. We want children to be enthusiastic about learning, to work hard to achieve their full potential and experience a wide range of activities.
Our purpose is to develop enquiring minds, encourage independence of learning, involve children in co-operative methods of working and enable children to achieve their highest possible standards in both the process and the outcome of their work. We choose teaching styles and methods appropriate to the task and child.
We respect the past and retain some long-standing traditions of this Christian village school, whilst ensuring that every opportunity available in the 21st century is offered to our children with the most up-to-date facilities.
We enjoy a close relationship with our local Church and the message of the Christian gospel is at the heart of everything we do. We build close relationships with the children and adults in our school community and recognise that every child is a unique and precious individual.
All our staff have agreed the following objectives:
- to support and sustain the Christian ethos of the school
- to respect every child as an individual
to help the children to respect each other, the school, the environment and resources
- to expect and develop appropriate behaviour of children in and around school
- to set a good example personally to children
- to communicate and co-operate with all staff in school to develop a team working together in the best interests of the children
- to establish good relationships with parents and encourage a real partnership
- to establish good relationships with the Church, the wider community and outside agencies
At Hampreston School we will be laying the foundations for the rest of your child's school life. It is vital that their time with us is happy and purposeful and that positive attitudes towards education are fostered. We want them to be enthusiastic about learning, to work hard to the very best of their ability and to experience a wide variety of activities.
From their first days with us, they will be encouraged to feel that they have an important part to play within our school community. We value each child as an individual and in turn encourage them to value and respect each other. Learning to work and play together, caring for each other and making lasting relationships both with children and adults are skills which are essential to their moral and spiritual development. From the security of Hampreston we hope also to encourage our children to reach out to a wider community and to develop sympathy and compassion for others.
If the children are to feel secure, the school community must have order and discipline. Our aim is to develop self-discipline and we do this wherever possible by praise and encouragement, by building the children's confidence and self-esteem and giving them every opportunity for success. We involve the children in the organisation of the school community so that they can understand the need for sensible rules and share responsibility for maintaining them. For example, the children themselves worked out guidelines for playground behaviour to ensure that playtimes are enjoyed by everyone, including the staff on duty!
The school is currently organised in two main teaching areas. Our Reception, Year l and Year 2 children, covering the Foundation and Key Stage I of the National Curriculum work under the supervision of our three Early Years teachers. In addition, a regular part-time teacher enables these teachers to have non-contact time. In line with the Dorset policy, we now admit all Reception children in the September prior to their 5th birthday.
Our older children, Years 3 and 4, spend their final two years at Hampreston in the original building. These years cover the first half of Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum which will continue at their next school. Two teachers, one of whom is the headteacher, share responsibility for these children. Two regular part-time teachers work in this area one day a week to enable the headteacher to attend to administration, and to release the Year 3 teacher for non-contact time.
We benefit immensely from the quality of our learning support staff in this school. Every class has its own learning support assistant. In addition, our special needs support staff work with individual children and groups needing extra help.
Throughout the school we organise our teaching in a variety of ways to cater for individual needs and abilities selecting the teaching styles and methods appropriate to the task and the child. We have high expectations and aim to develop each child's potential as fully as possible. We believe that we can achieve this by building close relationships with the children in our care.
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