Education Feature Week 42

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William Gilpin Church of England VA Primary School

Tiptoe Primary School

tions - we are well known for our superb sportsmanship and com- petitive spirit! The arts are par- ticularly important to us; our ‘Arts Mark’ award celebrates how we have integrated the arts into our daily life at William Gilpin. In addi- tion, many of our children choose to learn an instrument with one of our private music instructors, plus our choir is a real showstopper at our termly services! The history embodied in the founding of our school is fasci- nating and Christian values are central to the ethos of our church school. Our close link with St John the Baptist in Boldre is very spe- cial. We believe that courage is an essential part of everyday life; it takes courage to try something new, to stand up for what is right and just to be you! Compassion is palpable throughout the school. The way our older children care for the younger ones is some- thing we are exceptionally proud of. Finally, a sense of community is essential. Whenever we can, we reach out to members of the local community, through luncheons, toddler groups and trips to the lo- cal post office.

to offer children an excellent all round experience: academic achievement is very important to us but so is the wider experience of school life. We ensure that through quality first teaching, all children can access the learning in our classrooms. Furthermore, we balance creativity, rigour and mas- tery in order that children are truly inspired and challenged.  Along- side this, we strive to provide the most enriching childhood possible for our young learners. This means gardening, forest school, table ten- nis, volleyball and a huge range of clubs. By focusing on children’s wellbeing, through nurture and emotional sensitivity, we see them flourish. Our children have the op- portunity to take part in a variety of sporting activities and competi-

‘Great oaks from little acorns grow’ is a fourteenth- century proverb which captures brilliantly the aspiration we have for our children at William Gilpin Primary School. For decades, our small village school has inspired generations of young people as they begin their journey of lifelong learning. Starting small but thinking big! The school lays within the pictur- esque village of Boldre in the New Forest, and offers a truly distinctive and memorable educational expe- rience for our children because we

get to know every single child in a way which is simply not possible in a larger setting. Small year groups mean that William Gilpin is more like a ‘family’ and we know exactly what our children want and need. Their strengths and achievements are valued and celebrated, whilst their needs are understood and provided for. Learning is all about positive relationships and by the time they leave our school, the children will have developed toler- ance, empathy, and a sense of hu- mour - skills which will be essential throughout their lives. The won- derful staff team at the school are incredibly skilled and nurturing; their hard work and dedication is what makes the difference. At William Gilpin, our goal is

cord. Children leave us with great academic results and are able to approach the next stage in their learning from a strong base. This is something we are very proud of; high academic expectations and aspirations will always be part of our culture. However, we know that learning is more than a set of results and we give our children so much more than this. South Baddesley children leave us as resilient, confident pupils able to work successfully as part of a team, as well as independently when required. We nurture crea- tive and independent thinking in all of our children; we think the world requires children to grow into brave and courageous indi- viduals, empowered to make a dif- ference to their own lives and the lives of others. exciting Explorer curriculum and core Christian values. These core values of TRUST and RESPECT, COURAGE and PERSEVERANCE, THANKFULNESS and PEACE have stood the test of time with us; we hold these values close to our hearts and use them to shape and guide each and every learning experience and interaction we have within our community. At Tiptoe we believe that attend- ing school should be an enjoyable experience for children. We recog- nise that happier children achieve more. We provide a happy, stim- ulating environment, where chil- dren are eager to learn because they feel involved, interested and can see a purpose for their work. They should be challenged whilst being given plenty of opportunities to have fun whilst learning. The school is committed to providing a full and balanced curriculum which encourages children to enjoy their learning and develop positive atti- tudes about themselves whilst car- ing for others. Learning is at the heart of our school and we aim to ensure that all our children recog- nise and value their achievements. Our expectations of children are We achieve all of this through our new and Tiptoe Primary School is unique and special in many ways. Staff, governors, parents and children work together to make a welcom- ing and friendly community. The school has a strong family like at- mosphere which is evident as soon as you walk through the door. We pride ourselves on knowing all our pupils well. We value each child and as a result of this ethos our children attain high standards academically and a sense of them- selves, well equipped for success in their future.

Our Explorer curriculum maps a path from Early Years (Recep- tion) all the way through to year 6. Across a broad range of na- tional Curriculum subjects and enriched experiences children be- come knowledgeable and skilful learners. Among other things, our children are able to grow as histo- rians, as geographers, as artists, as scientists, as performers, as math- ematicians and technicians. For example, our pupils have great opportunities to develop their technical understanding and skills through our robust computing cur- riculum and our use of technology to provide a strong home-learning curriculum. We balance this with lots of op- portunities for exercise and sport. We work with a team of external coaches to provide opportunities in a broad range of PE and sport activities in school and as part of our comprehensive before and after school activities. All of these activities make the most of our ex- tensive grounds. When we can, we love to be ad- venturous and explore the world on a raft, or in a kayak or in a lit- tle sailing boat! On dry land we immerse ourselves in the most amazing literature. Everyone at SBS loves to read, this is a quality deep within our culture. Even our classes are named after inspiring characters from literature….each character tells a story that we can learn from. Another key aspect of life at SBS is driven by our love of being All children will be respected as individuals, given equal opportu- nities and be encouraged to treat others in the same way. At Tiptoe we provide a creative learning envi- ronment by focussing on co-oper- ation between children and adults within school, as well as forging relationships with the wider com- munity. This enables the children to learn new skills, communicate effectively and solve problems. Children will be given many oppor- tunities to succeed and develop high self-esteem, independence and ambition to achieve potential and gain life skills for their future. They will be confident users of technology and develop the skills and attitudes necessary to main- tain a healthy life. They will learn to make informed judgements and take responsibility for their own thoughts and actions. Our vision is to inspire everyone to achieve their very best and nurture a love of learning and life. Our unique setting and small size means that every child gets many opportunities to shine and grow as an individual. Your child high. We expect excellent behav- iour and a high level of independ- ence and self-confidence. It is our aim to create enthusiastic learners who look forward to coming to school and relish challenge.

outdoors. Children learn how to look after and sustain our beauti- ful world through their plant and wildlife studies in science, through their Geographic explorations of the world and through the hands- on experiences of managing our school garden or weekly Wood- land school sessions. We let our children explore and be part of the natural world. Much of what we do and achieve at SBS is due to the fact we are a strong and harmonious communi- ty. There is a thriving team spirit and sense of passion from all the staff and we are supported by car- ing and committed parents. We work hard to make the SBS com- munity integral to everything we do and welcome parents as part- ners in their child’s learning jour- ney. Whilst covid restrictions mean we cannot open up our school to you in the way we normally enjoy doing, we would still love to see you for a quiet, individual tour at the end of the school day. In addition, there is a raft of useful information on our website that we would encourage you to enjoy browsing through. We very much hope to see you soon and to be able to be part of your child’s will enjoy small class sizes for the first three years of their education and a nurturing and caring envi- ronment. Ofsted highlighted the following points. “The Tiptoe team have ensured that every pupil makes good progress and is well cared for. Parents trust you and have every confidence that their children are in safe hands.”  “Pupils enjoy school and get on extremely well together…..Parents value that you and your staff go out of your way to ensure that all children feel included and feel successful.”  “Teaching over time remains strong. Leaders and staff have a detailed understanding of each child. Together, you quickly identify areas of underachievement and take effective steps to make sure pupils catch up. Parents recognise and appreciate these actions.”

William Gilpin Primary School really is the best of both worlds: although a small village school, through a richly-compelling curric- ulum we provide an abundance of memorable experiences set within an outstanding learning environ- ment in extensive grounds. We offer breakfast and after school provision (7.45am – 6.00pm) and an independent pre-school oper- ates within our school site. It is an absolute privilege to be the new headteacher of the school and I would be delighted for your child and family to join us. If you think we may be the right fit for your son or daughter, please come along and see us for an open school tour. Simon Croutear Headteacher Precious moments at South Baddesley...

William Gilpin Church of England Va primary School

BOOK NOW FOR YOUR SOCIALLY DISTANCED SCHOOL TOUR Tours available by appointment. 3.30pm, 4.00pm or 4.30pm Mon. 19 th & Thurs. 22 nd October • Thurs. 5 th & Mon. 9 th November

We believe that we have a pretty special ethos here at William Gilpin Church of England VA Primary School. Please come along and find out more at one of our school tours.

Dear Prospective Parents, South Baddesley is a small school with an enormous heart. Our unique approach to educa- tion means that each child in our care receives the individual nur- ture, encouragement and support that they deserve. We are a short distance from Lymington town centre and we aim to make this a journey very worth taking. We provide something special and dif- ferent. At South Baddesley (SBS) we STRIVE and BELIEVE to SHINE because we are firmly committed to achieving the best possible out- comes for all of our children. We have a strong academic re-

“Start small, think big...”

Pilley Hill, Boldre, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 5QG 01590 673460 | adminoffice@williamgilpin.hants.sch.uk www.williamgilpin.hants.sch.uk

PRECIOUS MOMENTS AT SOUTH BADDESLEY Church of England Primary School

exciting first steps in primary education.

Come and discover moments of awe and

Warmest regards The SBS Team

wonder at our special school.

Tiptoe Primary has gone virtual! Reception September 2021 Looking for a Year R place for Sept 2021? Want to know more about us? Please have a look at our video youtu.be/YEiWID5e23s or click the link on our website www.tiptoe.hants.sch.uk Please phone 01590 682375 or email adminoffice@tiptoe.hants.sch.uk with any questions you may have. Wootton Road, Tiptoe, Lymington, Hants Tel 01590 682375 Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions we are unable to offer school tours this year.

Individual tours are available by appointment for

prospective parents and can be booked by contacting us on 01590 626243 or via email: adminof ce@ southbaddesley. hants.sch.uk

We are looking forward to seeing you very soon!

South Baddesley, Lymington, SO41 5RP 01590 626243 www.southbaddesley.hants.sch.uk

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The Clever Choice - become the best you can be with Ballard’s new scholarship programme

2 020 marks the start of a unique scholars’ programme at Ballard, aimed at nurturing talent and potential across an ar- ray of disciplines: academic, STEM, the arts and sport. Their scholarship programme is exceptional; not only for the be- spoke opportunities within each discipline, but also the myriad of opportunities on offer across the whole School. At Ballard, academic scholars can be stars of the show,

captains of rugby or hockey. Like- wise, Performing Arts and Sports scholars do incredibly well in their academics and STEM subjects. Bal- lard does not restrict young people to one area of excellence. There is something about Ballard that brings out the best in everyone. With a maximum of 68 per year group at the top of the School, their size allows them: to be flexible; to offer a bespoke programme; to nurture the individual and their

talents in a way that suits them, not the masses. Whether it’s win- ter training with the GB ski team; filming Avengers, Age of Ultron; or dancing with the Royal Ballet, they support their scholars in and out- side of School. They enable them to make the most of every oppor- tunity, have fun, and still come out with exceptional GCSE grades. An annual GL assessment tracks underlying ability and CORE re-

views (three times a year across all subjects) ensure that all pupils are working to their full potential – to be the best they can be. All pupils take GCSE statistics in Year 10, helping them with their Science, Geography and Maths GCSEs the following year. Their teachers go the extra mile, know their pupils very well and engender passion in their charges.

At Ballard, the pupils “are not just a number.“ (Parent) “We aren’t merely looking for ‘clever’- we are looking for creative and flexible minds that can adapt and embrace change, make the most of all the opportunities available and can think differently – skills for the real world.” Mr David Dunn, Deputy Head Academics, and Head of Ballard’s scholarship programme.

Owing to the overwhelming number of families looking to join Ballard in their scholarship years (3,7 and 9), they are introducing a new admissions’ process for these year groups, which starts with a Saturday Taster Day. All pupils, in- cluding scholars, who wish to join Ballard in these year groups for September 2021 should contact their Registrar, Mrs Lynsey Davis, in order to register and book onto the relevant Taster Day. The first will be for those looking to join in Year 7, September 2021, and will be held at Ballard on Saturday,

November 14th. The day will in- clude a team-building session, an opportunity to participate in some sport and the performing arts and a chance to meet the Headmaster, Mr Andrew McCleave. The dead- line for all Year 7 applicants is Mon- day, 2nd November 2020. The Year 3 and Year 9 Saturday Taster Days will take place in the New Year and the deadline for ap- plying is Friday, 11th December, 2020. So if your child has a bright mind or an exceptional talent, or both, then join the School for scholars.

Into Year 7 • 2 nd November 2020 Into all other years • 11 th December 2020 Taster Day for ALL applicants into Year 7 Saturday 14 th November 2020 Application deadlines for September 2021 entries:

Also inviting applications from exceptional pupils for our Scholarship Programme into Years 3, 7 & 9

For more details visit the Admissions page on our website or contact Lynsey Davis: registrar@ballardschool.co.uk

01425 626900 ballardschool.co.uk Fernhill Lane, NewMilton BH25 5SU BallardSchoolLtdexistsfortheeducationofchildren. RegisteredCharityNo.307328 Award-Winning Co-Educational Day School for ages 2-16, serving Hampshire & Dorset “Quite simply, a remarkable school” (Parent)

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