Unlocking hearts and minds to a love of learning and love for one another. In the Christian tradition we walk in the footsteps of St Peter (John 21: 15-17) to nurture the well being and development of everyone in the community, enabling adults and children of all faiths to reach their potential.
Our Christian values
“Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon Peter answered, ” Master we worked hard all night and caught nothing but I will do as you say and let down the nets.” Luke 5:4-5
We aim to develop perseverance in our school community to overcome obstacles we may encounter and become resilient along the way. It is okay to make mistakes and that we can all learn from them.
“Lord,” Peter said, “you know everything; you know I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” John 21: 17
We aim to value and treasure everyone as unique individuals, treating each other as we would want to be treated and showing compassion for all in our community.
Peter said’ ” I have no silver or gold; but what I have I give to you.” Acts 3: 6
We encourage all in our community to show generosity towards others by giving freely of their time and talents. We aim to help all feel part of a global community too, where everyone works for the good of everyone else.
One of the major strengths of the school is its caring ethos. We aim to provide a great community in which to learn, work and participate. Each child is valued as an individual and success is celebrated. Democratic Circle Time, involving all pupils in school, in their house groups, is where children can discuss and help resolve issues important to them.
We guide all children to:
- Develop the skills and confidence to become caring reflective citizens
- Become motivated and inspired to take their own learning forward with excitement and enthusiasm to meet their full potential
- Treat others as they would be treated
- Be independent, well balanced and self assured
- Foster spiritual awareness rooted in a Christian ethos
At Wootton we have a culture of praise, celebrating success in every way possible. We are constantly looking for the ‘good’, whether in attitude, work or behaviour, and self-discipline is encouraged. Achievements are acknowledged with a system of house points, merits, certificates and shields.
Simple, common sense rules are devised by staff and children together, emphasising kindness and thoughts for others. Any behaviour problems are dealt with promptly, talking and listening to the child concerned and involving parents when necessary. An individual system may be devised to help the child. All children are encouraged to speak up if they are not happy with a situation, first to the other child/children concerned and then to an adult. Good behaviour is one of the issues discussed during Democratic Circle Time.
Comments from SIAMS mid-term review visit 2017:
‘The school prioritises the emotional needs of pupils and the development of resilience and positive attitudes to learning, relationships, life and its knock backs.’
‘Staff are generous with their time and talents for the benefit of the children in their care.’
‘This is a ‘real’ village community in action and leaders and governors seek to capture and protect this.
‘Collective Worship was a thoroughly inclusive and enjoyable time in the school’s day where governors and visitors are welcomed. Pupils participate actively and are reflective, sensitive and respectful.’