​​​​​​​​Aims

We want children to value learning as a life-long activity.

With this in mind, we aim to:

Children

  • provide a safe, happy, caring and well ordered environment in which learning can take place and where each child is valued as an individual
  • help pupils develop lively, enquiring minds with the ability to question and discuss rationally, whilst appreciating others' right to have a different point of view and to be prepared to modify their own views if necessary, with good grace
  • prepare each child for their life beyond school, by encouraging - amongst other things - independence, cooperation, perseverance, responsibility, respect, originality, constructive self-criticism and a willingness to participate
  • ensure that pupils acquire knowledge and skills that are also relevant to adult life and future employment
  • help foster a sense of pride in the work that each child produces, by encouraging pupils to attain the highest standards in everything they do
  • help children learn the skills necessary to evaluate their own work
  • instil respect for religious and moral values together with tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life
  • help children to understand and care for people
  • help children to develop skills to form 'good relationships' in school life and in the outside world

Parents

  • foster a real sense of partnership in the education of our children by creating informed links between school, parents and children
  • ensure that our partnership is based on honesty, trust and mutual respect
  • be welcoming, helpful and informative at all times
  • actively involve parents in the life of the school

Staff

  • support, challenge and develop every member of staff, thereby enabling them to give their very best to, and gain the very best from, the children in their care

Governors

  • promote equality of opportunity in respect of all staff and students
  • maintain quality of pastoral care for students throughout the school and to encourage parents' involvement in their child's progress and in the school in general
  • support the Head and staff in the monitoring of achievement with the aim that each child should generally make continuous improvement

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History

Churchstanton Primary School was first established in 1850 when a small schoolroom was built in the grounds of Churchstanton Parish Church.  The school moved to its present site in 1878, which is located at Cox Hill, 10 miles south-west of the county town of Taunton and 1¾ miles west of Churchinford village, in the parish of Churchstanton.

Surrounded by farmland and woods, we are situated within the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

With over 150 years of history, Churchstanton Primary is now a County funded school and is not affiliated with any religious body.

The school site consists of the old school house, which has been converted into a library, resources room and kitchen downstairs, together with offices and a staff room upstairs.  An extension to the original building houses our school hall and dining room.  The classrooms are housed within 3 prefabricated units, each with independent cloakroom facilities.

Visitors often remark on the beauty of the site, with the school grounds extending to around 2 acres and offering the children a choice of 3 playgrounds, a fenced area of forest and some general grassy areas.  We also have a school pond and wildlife area.

Please take the Tour of our school to see our buildings and grounds.

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Philosophy and Ethos

Children learn at different rates and have different abilities.

At Churchstanton Primary, we believe that we have a happy school atmosphere in which each pupil can develop and make best use of his or her talents and qualities.

As a small village school, each child is an individual who is well known to the teachers, so it is impossible for any child to be 'overlooked'.  Each child's efforts are valued by both staff and other children and we aim to ensure that every child is genuinely able to contribute in some way.  Development of self-esteem is crucial, but it has to be based on true achievement rather than false praise.

We strongly believe that happy and confident children learn more effectively and get the most from their education.  Our genuinely caring ethos is reflected both in the dedication of our staff and in the concern shown by pupils towards each other.

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