|Cut Hedge Park, Gosfield, CO9 1PF, UK Halstead|
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Gosfield School is an Independent school for boys and girls aged 4-18, with boarding for Senior Boys.
Set in superb grounds of 110 acres with an impressive Sports Hall and new All-Weather Sports Field, we offer pupils the opportunity to excell academically and participate in a wide range of additional activities.
Gosfield School provides excellent facilities for modern day education. The Prep School and The Senior School provide a rich and relevant learning environment in which young people can excel and flourish both academically and socially - an environment where 'children really do come first'.
Gosfield School offers a rich and varied environment where your children will flourish.
The School, founded in 1929, is now a charity and still occupies the same magnificent Victorian country house situated in over 100 acres of parkland. The estate is bordered by ancient woodland and visitors are overwhelmed by the wildlife living within our boundaries.
The grounds are a superb setting for nature trails and for a variety of outdoor projects and activities. Pupils are able to enjoy these grounds and benefit considerably from leisure areas which promote a culture of well being and security.
Our pupils are a credit to the school, they are polite and well mannered. Our expectations are high and they aspire to meet the standards set.
We feel that pupils must be happy and secure in their learning; Gosfield School offers that and much more. Our caring and dedicated staff know pupils well and work with them to ensure they progress effectively both academically and socially. In our care pupils develop confidence and respect for both their peers and adults. They enjoy the challenges offered and the opportunities to stretch themselves in a variety of directions.
Gosfield has a long tradition of providing a small and caring environment enabling pupils to achieve their very best.
Gosfield School Aims
To provide an environment where all our pupils feel valued and able to achieve personal excellence in all aspects of life. We aim to do this by:
- Delivering a curriculum, which meets the needs of all in a manner that stimulates, challenges, excites and encourages each pupil to question and enjoy the opportunities available to them.
- Promoting physical fitness and creativity together with a positive attitude to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Developing self-confidence, self-esteem and personal responsibility, recognising the importance of human relationships based on understanding, tolerance and respect.
We value our community and seek to involve staff, pupils and parents in a positive and effective partnership through:
- The provision of a secure, caring and stimulating environment, which will develop positive attitudes and sound relationships, both within the school and the wider community.
- Social awareness, a concern and feeling for others and to promote professionalism, kindness, honesty and integrity.
- The provision of equality of opportunity for all students through diversity of learning and an extra curricular experience that widens their opportunities and awareness.
- The promotion of a strong partnership between the home and school.
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- Recognising and celebrating personal and collective success.
The Senior School Curriculum
The aim of Gosfield Senior School is to provide for its pupils a broad curriculum which allows them access to a wide variety of disciplines and experiences, and which will enable them to make informed choices of courses in their further education, career and lives.
A young person who has been educated at Gosfield School should have access to a broad and balanced curriculum through:
- Cultivating the habit of work and pride in achievement.
- Achieving academic qualifications.
- Being able to communicate effectively through ICT.
- Having a moral sense, learning to be responsible for themselves and others as well as being well mannered, courteous and respectful of other people and their property.
- Having had access to some non-academic/sporting achievement or qualification.
- Having been introduced to the rights and responsibilities of Citizenship.
- Having had access to higher forms of “Culture”.
- Developing a high self-esteem with regards to their social and academic achievement
We try to educate Gosfield students to be confident, qualified, and willing to try. We also want to educate them to be decent young people with a zest for life. The way we go about doing this is through
- Small classes with specialist teachers
- Extension activities and a range of visits
- Learning Support for those who need it
- Sporting opportunities for all who want them
- A full programme of Activities from school productions to hobby clubs
- A Personal and Social education which encompasses a social life as well as charity work
'The Gosfield Secondary Curriculum Presentation' (Powerpoint 220Kb).
The Academic Programme.
The academic programme at Gosfield follows the National Curriculum with the normal progression through the Key Stages and a balanced range of Arts, Sciences and Humanities is offered throughout the School and into the Sixth Form.
SATs take place at the end of Year 9 and Students normally take 10-12 GCSEs before going on to take 4 AS Levels and 3 A Levels. A particular feature of Gosfield is the use of Valued added Data to support student progress. We pride ourselves on the progress and achievements of all our students.
The Extension Programme.
The Extension programme is all about putting the ‘WOW!’ factor into education by introducing our students to a range of educational experiences that are original, stimulating and aimed at sparking real interest and enthusiasm for learning. Since the inception of the programme in 2001, students at Gosfield have had the opportunity to participate in some or all of the Extension activities listed below.
- Leadership and management training with the Royal Marines, the Army Youth Team, the RAF, the National Sea Training Centre and management consultants from industry.
Visits to the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy and the Tate Modern
- Hostage negotiations (in Spanish), Ship handling on a simulator and fire fighting
- The National Archives Seminar on the case of Jack the Ripper (using the actual letters)
- Visits to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, St.Paul’s Cathedral, Whitehall and the Millenium Bridge
- The Gosfield School International Anglo-Zulu War Conference
- Visits to the National Maritime Museum, The Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark, the National Army Museum
- Mathematics seminar at the Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich
- Action Jackson Motivational Speaker
- The British Library Theory of Knowledge seminar and a visit to the Silk Road Exhibition
- A lecture on Journalism, Politics and the BBC by James Robbins, BBC World affairs Corresponcdent (held the day before the Hutton Report!).
- A lecture on Al Queda, Rogue States and International Terrorism by Caroline McLeod, Defence expert
- Visits to parliament and Portcullis House as guests of Alan Hurst MP (Lab) and Brooke Newmark MP (Con).
- Lecture by Colonel Tim Collins (“We come not to conquer but to liberate”) Royal Irish Regiment on the Lessons of the Iraq War at the Palmerston Room, Houses Of Parliament.
- Crisis Management Training with the Ministry of Defence.
In addition to this, individual departments run a full range of activities. There are language exchanges to France and Spain, an inter-school mathematics competition, sporting fixtures, participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and Young Enterprise. The music department ensures that around 50% of our students play a musical instrument and that students have the opportunity to sing in the choir (at venues as diverse as Disneyland Paris and the Royal Albert Hall), while the English department arranges theatre trips as well as staging our own school productions.
Personal, Social and Pastoral Education
In our efforts to produce decent young people, we focus on
- A Pastoral system that provides plenty of opportunities for guidance and intervention when things are going right as well as for when they are going wrong.
- The creation of strong vertical and horizontal, friendship groups throughout the school.
- Opportunities for Charity work.
- Opportunities to take responsibility
- Social events to knit the school together.
'Personal, Social & Pastoral Education' Presentation (Powerpoint 320Kb).
The Pastoral System
- There are three Houses; Nevill, Tudor and Woodstock. All students and most staff belong to the House system.
- Form Tutors actively counsel and look out for their own classes.
- All staff act as conduits and role models for the students and they can be approached at any time by any student for help.
- Friendship groups are encouraged through
- Sports teams, School productions and Musical activities all mix students of different age groups.
- This means that students will have friends in their own Year Group
They will also have friends in Year Groups above and below them
Very often they will keep friendships with those at University or in the world of work. Gosfieldians are always welcome to come back for a visit or a game of soccer.
Students will have the opportunity to take responsibility as
- Sports Captains
- School Councillors
Charity work makes us understand our responsibilities towards those less fortunate than ourselves
- We support ‘Jeans for Genes’, Red Nose Day, and the Xmas Shoebox Appeal.
Our special charity is ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson’s Willow Foundation which provides ‘Red Letter’ days for terminally ill cancer patients. This year we held a 24 Hour Football marathon to raise funds for it.
Social events are an important part of the calendar
- At Christmas there is always a dinner for all students. This is usually organised by the older students and is a great opportunity to dress up and show out!
- In Yr 10 and 11, Tutors will usually organise Form Dinners at a local restaurant
- In the Sixth Form, students are invited to the School Balls.
'The Sixth Form at Gosfield' Presentation (Powerpoint 340Kb).
Some people say that small schools don’t cater for the proper social development of young people. We disagree.
The Prep School includes the Pre-prep for children aged 4 to 7, and the ‘Juniors’ for pupils aged 7 to 11. The Pre-prep has its own suite of classrooms and Reception garden for outdoor play, while the ‘Juniors’ have many of their lessons in classrooms set in Gosfield School’s delightful and fully–renovated Victorian mansion.
We have a large, secure playground with colourful interactive games and play equipment. When the weather permits, children also have access to the Prep School Garden with its pond, trees, picnic benches and standing chess game.
As well as our own privileged position within the school grounds, we also reap the advantages of sharing a campus with the Senior School. We enjoy the use of excellent facilities, including a full size multi-purpose Sports Hall, a superb All Weather Sports Surface, a fully refurbished Science Laboratory, a modern Art Room, a Home Economics Room, a Music Suite with Practice Rooms, a Library, an ICT suite and over a hundred acres of parkland.
Prep school children join with senior school students in whole school assemblies and events, as well as in Houses. Having a wide age range of young people in Houses works particularly well, our Prep School children learning from and looking up to the Senior Pupils, who in turn respond admirably to the responsibility of setting a good example.
Similarly, Prep School pupils also have access to specialist teaching from senior teachers in subjects such as Science, Music, Games, Food Technology.
We are deliberately not a big school, preferring to keep down our class sizes to a maximum of twenty. This, along with a strong learning support department and extra support for extending more able children and structured differentiation in lessons, allows us to accommodate each individual child’s needs.
At Gosfield Prep, we aim to accommodate each child’s needs. We closely track pupils’ progress and regularly set individual targets based on teacher and more formal assessment. A very broad range of learning experiences is also offered through our balanced curriculum and large and diversified programme of extra-curricular activities.
The Performing Arts are taken very seriously at Gosfield Prep. As well as performing in assemblies, we have our own popular choir, Christmas Productions and a Spring Concert. We also arrange regular visits to places such as the Royal Opera House, the Cambridge Arts Theatre and other playhouses. Many of our children have already begun instrumental lessons with talented music tutors in purpose built facilities by the time they reach the Juniors.
Sport is a key area in children’s social and physical development, and we back up our structured PE and Games sessions, by offering a variety of sports clubs, including Football, Tennis, Badminton and Netball. Every child in the Prep School also has the opportunity to have at least one term’s swimming lessons each year at the local leisure centre, regardless of his/her ability.
Such a brief summary does not suffice to reflect the all-round wealth and diversity of pupil experiences at Gosfield Prep. We do, however, hope that the above information is enough to whet your appetite to come and see for yourself what makes our school such a happy and effective learning environment.
'Welcome to Gosfield Prep School' (Powerpoint 1.6.Mb).
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