Our school is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled, and as such our aims include a Mission Statement which is:-
At Cockfield School we nurture a love of learning, open minds, inspire tolerance and awaken a sense of the spiritual.
Our Philosophy and Aims
The happy and secure environment of our school allows the children to reach their fullest potential. Our model for learning begins with the child and enquiry, with emphasis on the process and development of skills and concepts.
The school environment creates conditions for effective learning, to stimulate and motivate the children to enquire about themselves and their world. The children are valued and supported in the process of growing up.
- The actions of everyone in school have the following aims:
- To provide a safe, happy, family atmosphere conducive to learning in its widest context.
- To offer children a broad and balanced curriculum which offers every individual a high standard of achievement academically, physically, socially, morally and spiritually.
- To establish within the children an awareness of their place in the school, in the community, and in society at large.
- To encourage within each child a responsible attitude towards themselves and towards others.
- To encourage the development of confidence within each child and to generate opportunities which will challenge each one to positively extend their experiences.
“Education must nourish the diverse talents of our children. It must widen their horizons; develop their appetite for learning; enable them to live life to the full. It must foster intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual development and help children develop the values that will guide them through the difficult decisions they will have, inevitably, to make in adult life.”
(Dearing Report 1993)
Our Christian Values
We introduce the children to worship and prayer, to God and Jesus, and to the seasons and traditions of a Christian community – in an age appropriate way. As a church school we provide children and staff an opportunity to come together, sing, pray, share their hopes, needs and provide time to reflect. We use Values for Life, a resource produced by Gloucester diocese in assemblies. There are 18 values; 6 we are calling core values and the rest values for life.
Core Values: love; hope; justice; forgiveness; gratitude & generosity; truth & integrity.
Values for Life: courage; creativity; peace; trust; compassion; friendship; humility; respect & reverence; wisdom; perseverance; service; responsibility.
We strengthen links with parents by sharing with them the Value in Focus each term/or half term. A Home School Values sheet is sent home full of fun activities for the family to do alongside topics to stimulate discussion and refection. We have a Values Tree in our School library (see picture below) and each term the children write their ‘thanks’ or thoughts/prayers which go on the tree. They also write prayers for assembly linked to the Value. For example in summer 2014 our tree focussed on the value Thankfulness, in Autumn 2014 we will be looking at Service, also Courage and self- sacrifice to coincide with our school focus on WW1.