Introduction from the Headteacher
As the foundation stone above the main entrance indicates Clifford School was founded in 1832, opening its doors primarily to the children of the Parish of St. Andrew's Sharrow. Additional accommodation was built in 1896. From those early days, the school has endeavored to give a sound academic education, positive values and a sense of security to children nurtured in the caring, Christian atmosphere of a small Church School.
As a Church School we have strong links with the parish church of St. Andrew's Psalter Lane and other churches such as the Kings Centre, and aim to make these links meaningful to both the school and the church. The children visit the church, and take an active part in the services every half term, enabling them to experience worship in the church building. The minister, or a member of St. Andrew's Psalter Lane comes into school each week to take assembly. We will continue to uphold the Christian ethos of the school ensuring that Clifford School is a place where children feel valued and loved.
There are three classrooms. The Reception classroom was built in 2009 and provides excellent access to the outside space, Y1 also has outside access. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard. The multi-purpose hall is used for P.E., assemblies and school meals. There is also a room used as a library and multi-media room. We have hard surface playgrounds at the front, side and back of the school. The back playground is used by Year 1 and Reception and each class has a covered area. We also have a garden with a seating area, small adventure playground, den and a pond. The school council played a key role in the garden design.
At Clifford we have a community where every child is known to every member of staff and to each other. Clifford is a small school, and has the distinct advantage of being able to provide a secure family atmosphere for each individual child. We believe that all children are unique and have a valuable and vital role to play in the life of the school and the wider community. Within the school structure, we encourage all children to reach their full potential. We offer a number of extra-curricular activities, including sports, computer work, science activities, craft club, reading club and a Choir. We are a happy, caring, high achieving school which provides a good foundation for our children’s school careers.
On behalf of my staff I welcome you to look round Clifford School and hope you will decide that you and your child will become part of our community.
Purpose and Aims of the School
We provide a warm, caring environment where children can learn to put Christian values into practice, wherever possible being shown by example. We develop relationships among pupils which show acceptance, tolerance, respect and a sharing of Christian life, whilst showing understanding and valuing those who hold other faiths.
We help our pupils to have equal opportunities and equal access to all aspects of school life, to do their best and to do it well. We help them to develop self-discipline, moral awareness and personal responsibility and to appreciate the world in which they live.
Our curriculum is intended to be broad and balanced, extending beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum to enable pupils to attain the highest academic standards and levels of achievement of which each is capable and to engage all pupils in exciting andinteresting learning experiences including a wide range of extra curricular activities.
Teaching staff and governors aim to provide a secure and supportive Christian atmosphere to enable the children to develop as individuals and enjoy being part of school. Within this context we will make every effort to:
- Have a happy, friendly atmosphere in school, valuing each child whatever his or her talents and helping them to care for and respect each other.
- Treat all children equally irrespective of age, gender, social background, ethnic origin or physical or mental ability.
- Support the spiritual, mental, physical, moral, social, personal, creative and cultural development of the children.
- Create an orderly school community with high expectations of behaviour where the children and adults clearly understand what behaviour is acceptable and where children’s confidence and self esteem is high.
- Provide children with an education of high quality through a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum following Key Stage 1 curriculum in Year 1 and Year 2, and Foundation curriculum in the Reception class.
- Help children develop independent learning skills and give them opportunities to learn through collaboration in groups.
- Provide a stimulating learning environment with interesting displays of children’s work throughout the school.
- Help children to develop interests through a range of extra curricular activities.