Silverton is very much a community school. Most of our children come from the village or surrounding hamlets, and they are encouraged to think of the school as involved in local activities. The people of Silverton are actively involved and supportive of their school.
We are a Church of England school. The school was founded by the Church and there are continuing strong links. The life of the school is firmly rooted in Christian values. As a whole school, and joined by many parents, we have a service in church at least once a term. The local Rector leads a weekly act of collective worship. Members of other Christian denominations are also welcomed to take Collective Worship and share in our activities. Three of the school governors are nominated by the Parish Church .
Religious Education follows the Devon agreed syllabus. Anglican denominational RE can be provided on request. Parents are entitled to request that their child be excluded from Religious Education and Collective Worship. Pupils who are withdrawn will be supervised by a member of staff.
We believe that children work best when they feel valued and appreciated. We create an atmosphere which challenges and develops abilities . Our school creates a happy and secure environment.
We also believe very strongly that the education of our children is a partnership between parents and teachers . We therefore encourage parents to be involved, to join in lessons and to talk regularly with staff. Our Home School Agreement is a reflection of our mutual expectations and all parents are encouraged to sign. A copy is enclosed in the Appendix of this document.
The School aims to provide an approach to the curriculum which is flexible enough to match abilities, needs, interests and attainments across the age range. This includes developing lively and enquiring minds, enhancing numeracy and literacy, encouraging and stimulating interest in learning, with a range of experiences including physical activities, creative arts and first-hand encounters.
Children are expected to develop the ability to work on their own as well as with others, to develop their own talents, show initiative where appropriate, be able to read, write, speak well, enjoy books and other sources of information, and have a good understanding of mathematical and scientific concepts.
We aim to allow every child to develop to their full potential and to develop a sound moral base in a well ordered and caring environment.