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Gatehouse Primary School
Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2JX, UK Gatehouse
+44 (0)1557 814262

Gatehouse School extends a warm welcome at all times to everyone - pupils, parents, staff and friends alike.

We recognise the importance of working with you, and have prepared this site to provide you with as much information as possible about our school. We hope you find it helpful and informative, but if, after reading it, you still have queries about any aspect - or would just like further information - please don't hesitate to contact myself or any member of the teaching staff at the school. If you feel you would like to make suggestions for improvement of the site, or indeed about school in general, we are keen to hear from you.

We are proud of our school and we look forward to working with you to ensure that your child's school days are happy, fulfilling and educationally rewarding.

Howard T. McLean, Head Teacher.


The Aims, which we have established for our school, are very important to us. Aims give all school users a shared sense of direction and purpose, and enable all school and school-related activities to have common goals.

Our Aims are divided into 3 groups:
Our Aims for Ethos
Our Aims for the Curriculum
Our Aims to allow fostering and development of relations with Parents and the Community.

ETHOS: At Gatehouse school we aim: To provide a rich and stimulating environment, conducive to effective learning and teaching, that is caring, secure and supportive, and which recognises the needs of all individual pupils; To encourage pupils to understand the meaning of self-discipline, responsibility towards each other and respect for their property and the environment in general; To encourage children to develop and maintain positive attitudes towards good work and behaviour; To create an environment for the pupils in which they can take pride; To provide a positive and supportive environment for staff, in which opportunities for professional development exist and can take place.

THE CURRICULUM: We aim to provide for the pupils: A strong foundation of knowledge, skills and understanding in literacy and communication, numeracy and mathematical thinking, and opportunities for continual development; Knowledge, understanding and appreciation of themselves, and other people, and of the world around them; - A shared responsibility for their own learning; the capacity to make creative and practical use of a variety of media to express feelings and ideas; knowledge and understanding of religion and its role in shaping society, and the development of personal and social values; the capacity for independent thought through enquiry, problem-solving, information handling and reasoning; appreciation of the benefits of healthy living and physical fitness; positive attitudes to learning, personal creativity and ambition, and to establish these as life-long attributes. - access to, and support from, other agencies, as appropriate.


School years are important years, not only for the children themselves, but also for parents, anxious, as all parents are to ensure that the best possible opportunities are being provided for their own children. The purpose of this document is to give an insight into classroom life at Gatehouse school and explain how we as teachers go about aiming to provide the best possible opportunities for the children during the time they are with us. Today's world is one in which everyone is encouraged to be critical - motorways have 'cone hotlines' to encourage motorists to complain about the number of cones at roadworks - all major utilities have freephone numbers to assist users to express their dissatisfaction at something - but the positive side to these is that they do encourage us to reflect upon the quality of what we and others are offering, and improve it as far as possible. So with our school, we are constantly reflecting, and striving to improve what we are doing. Increasingly, schools rely upon co-operation with parents and wider families, in terms of learning, behaviour and in aspects of routine organisation. We feel it is important, therefore, that you as parents need to know what our expectations of the children are, what we are striving to do, and how we go about it. All parents are keen to help their children, and can best do so by having an insight into what is happening in the classroom during the day. By giving this insight, we hope: to inform you better about what we are teaching the children, to help you understand how learning takes place, to enable you to support teachers in a more focused way, to enable the school to assist you as and when appropriate to clarify what the school hopes from you the children will be able to do before starting school, to give you expectations of what your child should be able to do before leaving P7.

Nine Whole Years- Pre-school to end of P7

In looking at this part of the document, we must remember that development of the child is many-fold: it covers not just what is directly studied over these years - that is the 'open', curriculum. It also covers other aspects including social, emotional and physical development as well - the 'hidden' aspects - and we must see these all as parts of the jig-saw. We're concentrating on the curriculum here, however, and, also, to look at how we see the children developing as individuals - and how we can help in that development. In looking at the curriculum it would make sense to examine it in its individual parts - Mathematics, English Language, Environmental Studies, Expressive Arts and Religious and Moral Education. It must be stressed that we cannot provide a comprehensive coverage of the curriculum - that would take a volume - but we can give a fair indication of the content here. We are very fortunate here in having the provision of a pre-school class. This enables children in their pre-school year to come into a structured environment and so experience the contacts, opportunities and facilities, which prepare them for the commencement of formal education. To begin with, then, it would make sense to say something about how you can more effectively prepare your son or daughter for school and so, by giving him or her your support, help the school to help you!

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