Welcome to Ravenshead C of E Primary School! We are a popular two-form entry school, set in enviable grounds, situated in the leafy village of Ravenshead. More than half of the school’s population come from outside the local catchment area. There are currently 435 pupils on roll, in single year group classes.
Mrs Emma Johnson (Headteacher)
At Ravenshead, providing our children with opportunities for learning which lead to maximum growth and development is our top priority, including designing and implementing a curriculum that is best suited to their needs. We want to provide them with a curriculum with both breadth and depth, that is highly relevant and purposeful, exciting for both staff and pupils, and that will really make a difference to their outlook and views. We aim to offer a wide range of inspiring, engaging and exploratory learning experiences, developing cultural capital through planned activities, such as residential trips, and teaching them about human creativity and achievement.
We want the pupils’ learning to be more ‘big picture’ oriented and less about ‘box ticking’, tapping into their strengths, such as a great work ethic and an eagerness to learn, as well as addressing their weaknesses.
Rationale for Implementation
Underpinning all of our core beliefs are our Christian Values of: Hope, Care, Community and Wisdom. These form the foundations to our learning and are embedded across the school ethos.
Our curriculum is centred around our focus of ‘taking care’:
Taking care of ourselves
Taking care of our learning
Taking care of our community
Taking care of our future
Taking care with God
We use Dimensions ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum as the vehicle for this, with a view to changing our pupils’ hearts, as well as their minds.
This curriculum is underpinned by four highly relevant world issues, known as the four Cs:
We believe that language is the key to learning. We want our pupils to be secure in reading, writing and speaking and listening skills, as we believe these are necessary tools in order to fully access the broader curriculum.
Our curriculum provides lots of opportunities for pupils to develop their language and vocabulary, thus enabling them to articulate their learning, express their thinking and opinions clearly in discussion, debate and presentation, as well as enabling collaboration and exchange of ideas.
We want our pupils to be thoughtful, effective and considerate communicators, learning to take account of context, audience and setting.
As a school that predominantly represents a white British demographic, with limited personal experience of other ethnic groups, we want our pupils to fully appreciate and embrace cultural diversity, learning about and experiencing a range of different cultural and faith heritages.
We want them to value diversity, understand the roots and importance of cultural heritage and to behave in a respectful and tolerant way towards others, regardless of faith, ethnicity or background. We actively and explicitly promote cross-cultural friendship, respect, tolerance and understanding through ‘Learning Means the World’.
We believe that life skills should be taught throughout the curriculum and an understanding of responsible, respectful behaviour is an important aspect of learning. Having a developed understanding of sources of conflict and the importance of seeing things from others’ points of view, we believe, will make a difference to their own choices as they learn more about conflict resolution. We want our pupils to be able to work through their differences, instead of simply ignoring anyone they don’t agree with, whilst realising how important positive relationships are throughout life. We also want them to be able to put into action conflict resolution and modify their own behaviour to help them disagree in a constructive manner.
We are very blessed to have a school set in beautifully wooded grounds and we want our pupils to fully appreciate and benefit from this. We feel they will do this best through a curriculum that employs a more structured approach to developing environmental awareness and appreciation, not just at local, but also national and global levels, that ‘Learning Means the World’ offers. We want our pupils to be much more informed about conservation issues, realising that a ‘throw away’ attitude to resources and seeing everything as disposable has led to many environmental issues. We want them to care passionately about our world and to engage actively as good stewards of God’s world, both now and in the future.
The school has a dedicated team that works hard to reach high standards in everything we do. This is further embedded through our successful relationships with parents and the local community. As a proud Church of England school, we have strong connections with St. Peter’s church in Ravenshead and the Southwell Diocese. We firmly believe that education is a partnership between home and school and regard you as an active partner in your child's education and value your interest and support.
We look forward to meeting you soon.