"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
Our Ethos statement
Recognising our historic links with Cleeve Abbey, Old Cleeve Church of England First School will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.
Our school aims to serve the community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promote Christian values through the experience we offer to all our children.
We aim to give each member of our school community an experience of Christian life and worship.
At Old Cleeve, the school community believes that our motto, Courage through kindness is how we live our school life. It is our firm conviction that the commitment and enthusiasm of the staff, in both enjoying and supporting the children to realise this aim, remains vital.
Our strap line A village school - a world of learning recognises the many strengths a close knit rural communtiy brings, whilst understanding the importance to educate our children about becoming global citizens in a wider world. Through our practice we are aligned with the Church of England's vision for education and embed Jesus' teaching in with our rich and varied curriculum. “life – life in all its fullness” John 10:10
The Old Cleeve Way outlines clearly what is expected of all staff and children who are part of our school family.
As well as our core values of kindness and courage which underpin everything that happens at Old Cleeve, we have developed a set of 12 Christian Values that shape our practice of education.
Our values will be reflected through:
Each half term we concentrate on a particular value in assemblies and lessons generally. These are set out in the table below:
What is a Kind School?
A Kind School is one that has hosted a 52 Lives Kindness Workshop, and officially pledged to encourage a culture of kindness in their classrooms: including both kindness to ourselves and to others.
Kind Schools understand that kindness doesn’t happen in isolation, but ripples out of the classroom into homes, the local community and ultimately the world!
Kind Schools see kindness not just as single acts, but as an attitude and approach to life that threads through everything we do and every interaction we have.
Kind Schools understand the important role kindness plays in boosting children’s mental and physical health.
And finally….Kind Schools believe that ‘Kind’ is the most important thing a person can be.
For more information visit https://schoolofkindness.org/workshops/kindness-pledge/whatisakindschool