|School's main aims are to:
||Celebrate the individual|
||Foster a family community|
||Provide a broad-based education|
Steephill School operates an open entrance policy. Children enter the School at the beginning of the term nearest to when they are three and a half years old. Some discretion over the age of entry may be applied if there are good reasons for an early or late entry. No other criteria are applied for entry.
Once the class of 16 children is full, parents may enter children on the waiting list. If a place becomes available the first 5 children are contacted. If more than one still wants the place then we can apply criteria for selection such as balance of sexes in the class; siblings are always given priority.
The School therefore is mixed ability and aims to provide each child with the quality of education that allows them to reach full potential. The School follows the National Curriculum and the National Literacy Scheme. The standard is set so that all children, who are able, are working at level 5 in maths and English, in Class 6.
The School also provides a broad curriculum ensuring that sport, drama, French and foundation subjects are given prominence together with the core subjects. The after-school clubs provide a further opportunity to develop childrens’ interests and foster a love of sport.
Citizenship, PHSE, RE and assemblies provide forums for the development of moral judgement and a values system. Emphasis is put on the importance of community and friendship.
The 5 Rules for Life were developed over a term during assemblies and PHSE classes so that children could ‘own’ these rules and be committed to living by them.
Due to the small classes, teachers know all the children well and a friendly but disciplined atmosphere is fostered.
The School takes part in community life and has a close relationship with St. Mary’s Church; the Rector taking assemblies on a fortnightly basis.
Generally, the School aims to provide good quality education for individuals, within a relaxed but working environment.