The school is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England school - that is, the school is funded by the Local Authority but two Governors are appointed by the local Church, so maintaining the link with the earlier foundation.
We support our children in learning for life. We offer a stimulating and nurturing learning environment, enabling our children to experience and explore topics and subjects in a fun and inclusive way.
The school is firmly at the heart of our community. In this small, friendly and safe environment we encourage our children to care for each other and take responsibility for their actions. We work closely with other local schools to ensure that our children experience alternative learning environments and larger group activities.
Our approach is focused on laying the foundations to help our children become well-rounded individuals. It brings together three key principles:
1. Ensuring our children make good academic progress by taking an individual and supportive approach to their learning needs
2. Offering a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, both inside and outside of school hours, to develop core life skills, broaden horizons and help bring learning to life
3. Providing excellent outdoor facilities that encourage children to learn, play and exercise in a stimulating and well-resourced space
Our Ethos & Our Christian Values
“We aim high in the attainment of our children.”
Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and Diocese level. The School aims to service its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.
At Haselbury Plucknett Church of England First School we are committed to developing excellent working relationships within a caring Christian environment where everyone is valued and praised. We achieve this through:
- Providing a creative, broad and balanced curriculum appropriate to the needs of each child.
- Encouraging children to be self-disciplined and become independent learners.
- Enabling children to learn to communicate with those around them and to understand when to listen as well as when to speak.
- Helping everyone to recognise that each person has something to offer through developing a sense of caring, tolerance and Responsibility to others.
- Ensuring that everyone feels valued and confident.
Our curriculum is underpinned by our Christian ethos built on our Church of England foundations.
At Haselbury Plucknett C of E First School, we believe that Christian values are at the heart of all that we do. We focus on 6 core Christian values and weave these in all we do, throughout our school days.
Our Christian Values are:
Peace Self Control
We are a First School. This means we take children from 4 years of age( Foundation Stage) to 9 years of age (Year 4). From here our children tend to go to Maiden Beech Academy in Crewkerne and from there to Wadham School. We are all part of the Crewkerne and Ilminster Schools Partnership (CISP) of 9 First Schools, 2 Middle schools and 1 secondary school. There are currently 4 regions within Somerset with a 3 tier system.
Details of terms, the school day and procedures in the school are found in the school prospectus.
We have 3 Houses in the school – St Michael’s (blue), St Martin’s (red) and St Mary’s (yellow). Each House has 2 House Captains and 2 vice captains who are elected by the children at the start of each year.
The children are rewarded with House points for showing good effort, for working beyond their usual level, for outstanding work, for showing extra consideration for others.
Each week, we have a Sharing Assembly when we all come together to share outstanding work and effort. Children are given a certificate for this in front of the school as we all share in recognising their achievements. Children who have reached a milestone in the number of House points they have received, have a certificate for this – 25 House points, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175 then 200 is the Head teacher’s award when children receive a special certificate and an award pencil to use in class. For children who earn even more House points, we have the ‘Mega’ award which comes with a small prize.
We are very proud of our school – our location within our historic buildings with access to ample playgrounds and a very large playing field.We use the playing field all year round for sport and outdoor activities. We have playtimes here when the weather allows and every year we have a Sports Day.This is when our children compete for their House. Every race or field event gives points to their House and the winning House wins the Sports Cup.
The members of the Council are elected by the children and serve for a year. Each summer the Council organise a sale for Nzaalani School.
We ask our children to read at home every day. We know that it is this that helps a child to improve in reading. The children have a Home Reading book in which they or their parents record their reading. Every time they read they help their House. After reading at home 25 times, they can have the 25 reward sticker, after 50 times the 50 sticker etc. At Sharing Assembly each fortnight, all the children who reached a milestone sticker in the previous 2 weeks, gain a star for their House. The house with the most new stars that fortnight gets the Reading Cup. This splendid cup was bought for us by a former pupil who was disappointed that the cup awarded was cardboard! In Catkins class the children have an additional reading record book for noting when an adult hears a child read at home or at school.