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"Both schools are outstanding and pupils achieve exceptionally well. Both schools provide happy and safe environments where pupils make excellent progress. A strong cohesive community and an exciting curriculum mean that pupils’ spiritual, social, moral and cultural development is outstanding. Both schools are held in very high regard by parents and carers."
Both our schools place children at the heart of everything that we do, with a commitment to "Learning together for life tomorrow”. There is a collective sense of pride and ambition in both our schools - from children, staff, parents and governors - and we are determined to make sure that all children have fantastic learning opportunities which both excite and engage them.
Our schools are, however, much more than just words and photos on a webpage! Our schools are about people. Our schools are especially about our children. Every child is unique. Every child deserves the opportunity to be happy, to feel valued, and to experience success. We want all of our children to be happy in school, to have a passion for learning and to be the best that they possibly can. Our Federation ethos encourages children to be supportive of each other, respectful and well-mannered, as well as giving them confidence and a positive self-image.
Education is about partnerships, and strong, committed partnerships between our schools, our parents and other local schools play a crucial role in children’s positive development into young adults. We work together to give your child the best start in life.
We have an excellent staff committed to the principles within our overall vision. All our members of staff are dedicated and, quite simply, love their profession. We teach our children, we learn with them, we talk with them and we celebrate their successes.
If you're searching for your next teaching post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers!
Bishop Sutton and Stanton Drew schools aim to provide an outstanding level of education for all children, striving for academic excellence, a rich creative curriculum and a wide variety of inspiring and enjoyable experiences. We want our children to feel respected and cared for as individuals as well as part of a strong and supportive community. We work in a collaborative and supportive way to enable our children to succeed, to celebrate their achievements and to be proud of who they are and what they can contribute to the world, now and in the future. We aim for our children to be independent, resourceful and resilient learners, who are aspirational and confident and care for others and the world around them. This is why the Federation’s vision statement is ‘Learning together for life tomorrow’!
Teaching and Learning at both our schools is based on the principle of ‘Learning Without Limits’. Children are encouraged to have high aspirations and take on new challenges, not limited by pre-determined ideas of what they may be able to achieve. In most lessons, they will have a choice of independent tasks instead of given work to suit a set ‘ability group’. Children are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning and to play an active part in how their lessons, classes and schools are run.
'Learning to Lead ' is well established in both schools and children work in teams to lead an area of their choice. In the younger classes, this may be taking responsibility for daily class jobs, and as they get older, they take more and more of a lead in organising and running areas of the school. For example, running after school clubs, arranging speakers and workshop leaders to come in to school, organising fundraising events, running Eco campaigns, improving the school grounds, and many more – their work changes from year to year.
As a Federation we have the best of both worlds – two distinct communities but with the benefit of collaboration and shared resources and expertise. Stanton Drew is a very small school, with an ‘extended family’ feel to it, while also enjoying the benefit of the facilities at Bishop Sutton such as playing field, conservation area (used for Forest Schools) and the school hall. By joining together and visiting each other’s schools, children and staff at both schools benefit from working in single year groups, performing to different audiences, hosting events and mixing with a range of friends and colleagues. We often share our resources, such as our school minibus and iPads, which benefits both schools and means we can take part in events and competitions that would be more difficult on our own.
We are part of the The Lighthouse Schools Partnership; for further information regarding the trust please click here.
The Lighthouse Schools Partnership is a Multi-Academy Trust with schools across the age range from Nursery to Sixth Form. Our Trust includes both community and Church of England schools and we also have three Teaching Schools amongst our number so that we can make the professional development of our staff a top priority.