When I first came to Montacute in 2013, our pupils decided on three key words which summed up school for them: Learning, Fun, Friendship.We have therefore taken these three words to represent us on our school logo (also designed by one of our pupils). When you unpick each word, you can see how right our pupils were to choose them as the three most important things that characterise our school.
Learning is not just something that happens at school, it happens anywhere at any time. Good learning can help people have as many choices in their lives as possible, and know how to make the choices that will help them be happy.
The learning that is most import will vary for every single person. We want to look at each individual, understand what is most important for them, and find ways of helping them learn what they most need.
Everyone who knows a child or young person, whether family, friend or professional, is a possible partner in helping that child or young person to learn and thrive, and so we will be most effective if we can find ways to work together.
We want our learners to feel safe - but also excited by life! We do our best to to make sure that school is full of rich experiences. We aim to find out what our learners like so that we can use it as a way of helping them learn. Sometimes you have to come out of your comfort zone to find out what you enjoy, and we carefully support our young people to try new things - cope - and believe in themselves.
All of our learners are encouraged to be aware of others, and to know how to behave socially, how to communicate, and how to make enjoyable relationships. We want our learners to have a sense of what it is like to be a valued part of our school community. We also go out into our local community to learn how to use it well - and we invite young people from other schools into our school so that we can have fun and learn together.