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This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing regular updated information for both parents and pupils. Please explore our site using the menu bar above. We hope you find the information you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the school directly with any queries you may have.
We want all our pupils to be happy and to learn. Happy to come to school every day, eager to participate and actively engage in all the opportunities provided for them.
Our curriculum is unique because of our historical and geographical location, as well as the wonderful natural environment around the school. These enhance and drive our curriculum. Although we are socially diverse, we are not culturally diverse. We want to develop our curriculum to increasingly extend our pupils’ horizons and help them to know about and understand that the village of Stratford-sub-Castle, the city of Salisbury and the county of Wiltshire are part of a much, much bigger world. A world which is ever more connected and interconnected.
Stratford-sub-Castle Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. To achieve our commitment, we ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures. These promote a culture of effective safeguarding amongst our governors, staff and volunteers. All adults working, volunteering or visiting our school are expected to behave with integrity, openness and honesty.
Letter from the Headteacher
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Stratford-sub Castle Church of England Primary School. A wonderful place to be! This is not just because of the idyllic countryside surrounding it, but because of the special people who make up the school’s community and the sense of purpose we all share. You are warmly invited to visit our school. Just contact the office to make an appointment and I will be delighted to show you round the school personally.
As a Church of England School we believe that all children are loved by God, are individually unique and that the school has a moral duty to help each pupil to fulfil their potential in all aspects of their personhood: physically, academically, socially, morally and spiritually. We also recognise our duty to try to remove any factor that might represent a hindrance to a child’s fulfilment. We want all pupils to willingly engage in learning in a safe and welcoming environment.
This vision, ‘Life in all its fullness’, promotes human flourishing for all! It embraces excellence and academic achievement, but sets them in a wider framework. There are four basic elements that run through the whole approach. Together they form an ‘ecology’ of the fullness of life, each in interplay with all the others. The four basic elements are:
- WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- HOPE AND ASPIRATION
- COMMUNITY AND LIVING WELL TOGETHER
- DIGNITY AND RESPECT.
All schools are different and finding the right one for your child can be a daunting task. At our school, children learn and flourish in a setting shaped by Christian values. It is important to us to develop your child not only as a successful learner, but as a fully rounded person. Your child’s emotional and physical well-being is of paramount importance to us. We are proud to treat each of our pupils as an individual. We want to motivate every pupil to be the best learner and the best person they can be! We want every pupil to engage with life in all its fullness.
Whether you are a prospective parent or a long-standing member of our school community, this prospectus will give you a flavour of things and provide you with some useful information about how our school is organised. It will also introduce you to the various staff members who work at Stratford. I am proud to be the Headteacher leading such a dedicated team. A team committed to working with you to provide the best chances for your child. A team who really like children! A team who really enjoy their jobs because they want to make a difference!
I love my job because I feel that our learning community is:
- a place where children learn in a meaningful way and lead fulfilling lives in the present (e.g. now as a 9- year- old or a 5- year- old)
- a place where children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as a citizen of the UK and the world
- a place where children are prepared for their launch into the big wide world; motivated to continue learning, confident enough to be themselves, resilient to knock-backs and able to recognise and grasp all of life’s wonderful opportunities
- a place where, by respecting our differences and caring for each other, we show the world how humanity can live in harmony
- a community based on love, joy and peace, where problems are solved by talking and people are recognised for their strengths and helped to build up their weaknesses
- a place where parents and families feel welcomed and valued
- a school where we all live life in all its fullness!
My team and I want your child to be happy and to learn. We want all our pupils to be happy and to learn. To be happy in their learning. To be confident enough to admit when they ‘don’t know’! To be motivated enough to find out! We believe:
- in providing a wide range of balanced learning opportunities for everyone
- every moment of the school day provides a chance to learn something new
- that sports, music, drama, charity events, competitions run by community organisations, trips etc all provide invaluable opportunities for each child to develop in a rounded way, enhances school life and helps to motivate a child to learn
- in actively recognising progress and attainment
- that positive behaviour as well as academic success should be recognised
- our school ethos based on Christian values provides our pupils with a strong moral, spiritual and emotional framework upon which to build their lives
- well-balanced, happy children learn better!
In our efforts to achieve the School Aims, the staff and I rely on parents for co-operation and support. Parents and grandparents are always welcome at Stratford, whether simply for a quick chat, to help with activities and trips or to listen to children read. Your involvement is valued. It is a team effort and your child will benefit when we work together.
Your child is precious. YOU want the best for them. WE want the best for them. We view our school as a ‘launch pad’. Let’s work together to help your child really ‘take off’, so they are motivated throughout primary school and beyond!