Children, Church, Community.
School motto: Our children are the heart of this Primary School
At Brindle St James’ we believe that the children are the heart of our school. Hungry little minds full of imagination, come to be educated, which we feed and nurture with love, Christian values and expertise to help them grow to reach their full potential. Close links with parents and family means that learning can happen effectively both within school and at home.
The Bible teaches us:
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it!
Each child joins us with their own, special background at different stages of their educational journey. On entry to school at any point, we observe to see how each child excels and where they may need to grow. As educators, our aim is to support each child reach their full potential through high quality teaching, additional support when needed and development of close links with parents as we recognise and value that learning continues beyond school.
Mental wellbeing and children’s safeguarding at Brindle St James’ are seen as the corner stones of our curriculum, as without these in place, children are inhibited from flourishing. A key focus at Brindle St James’ is to support children’s mental wellbeing so that they are ready to engage with their lessons and to give them the skills and resilience to deal with a rapidly changing world. The safety of children is of our highest concern and staff are trained to identify children who may be in difficulty and how to get help.
Our curriculum is underpinned and enriched by child-led enquiry. Children’s varying experience along with their prior learning is used as a firm foundation upon which knowledge is built. Wow moments create a buzz around school which inspires a curiosity and positive attitude towards learning and growth.
Christian values are woven throughout our curriculum, behaviour system and relationships so much so, that the children express these values through their actions and voice. These values truly do shine out from within them.
Faith links include:
- Worship led by Rev. Margaret, Sam Nicol, Rev Ward and Bishop Phillip
- Regular learning visits and worships held at Brindle St James’ Church guided by Rev Ward and Rev Margaret
- WABs (Worship at Brindle) club led by Reverend Margaret weekly
- Christian festivals celebrated both within school and at Brindle St James’ Church
- Other celebrations, particularly linked to our children religion and culture, celebrated
The rural community of Brindle is utilised to primarily support geographical and historical explorations. Well established links with the community provide a wealth of learning experiences and sources of inspiration. Children at Brindle St James’ have a sense of where they belong in the wider world, enhanced by the strong links forged with our twinned school, Pencott in Mable, Uganda.
Community links include:
- Talks from Brindle Historical Society
- Parish members delivering craft activities linked with the art and design technology aspects of our curriculum
- Half termly community assemblies delivered by the WABs group
- Intergenerational project between Brindle St James’ and Brookside Care Home for children and residents to share their experiences with each other
- Fundraising led by children focusing on their own passions
- Fundraising for national charity events e.g. Remembrance day, Children in need
- Fundraising for our twinned school, Pencott through operation orphan.
Woven throughout our curriculum are key life skills which have been identified as important for the children of this school. Examples include independence, speaking about problems and dealing with failure to prepare them for the ever changing world.
From the outset of a child joining Brindle St James’, our aim is to develop strong and meaningful relationships with both children, parents and their wider families. Home visits in reception, regularly end of day chats and formal updates are key to building a positive relationship. Parents are encouraged to be part of their child’s learning journey and teacher show parents how they can support their children at home.
How our school and delivery of the curriculum is unique?
We consider each child to be unique, celebrating their successes both within school and in the wider community. Children are challenged and encouraged to expand their knowledge. When learning is more difficult, targeted support is provided to aid children to embed their skills, allowing them to develop at their own pace in their most suitable style of learning.
Our unique offer to our children includes:
- Small class sizes
- Family feel with older children supporting and nurturing younger children
- Learning environment allow children to flourish
- Daily worship centred around the Christian values
- Opportunity to lead worship shared with the community of Brindle through WABs club (Worship at Brindle)
- Child led prayers
- 30 minutes of daily physical activity
- Strong and established links with sports coaches within the local community
- Swimming from reception through to year 4
- At least 3 trips per year focusing on cultural and curricular enhancement.
- Other language opportunities
- Music lessons
- Bespoke intervention quickly implemented when identified
- Strong links with parents
- Annual residential trip for year 5 and 6