Crockerne Church of England Primary School is set in the heart of the Pill community, North Somerset. All Crockerne staff pride themselves on creating a warm, friendly atmosphere in which we believe our children can thrive. Crockerne children have the opportunity to be creative, active and investigative, with access to a wide range of subjects, projects, clubs and activities. This enables Crockerne children to become individuals and be the best version of themselves. As Crockerne is a church school, we thread this message throughout the curriculum using the school's chosen parable The Good Samaritan - Luke 10:25-37, which helps our children to be 'The best me I can be'
Crockerne children and staff are exceptionally proud of our curriculum. Our approach to learning connects deep subject content with real world problem solving. We create big questions to link the topic and open up conversation and debate, whilst working towards the project's outcome; for example:
Nursery - Can you picture it through my eyes?
Nursery children designed and created a sculpture to exhibit Puxton Park
Reception/Year 1 - Can a plant keep you fit?
The children devised a fitness test and exercise cards for use on the playground
Year 2 - Who likes to live beside the seaside?
Year 2 learned about upcycling, plastic pollution and even cleaned Portishead beach
Year 3/4 - Can you help save the world with words?
Year 3/4 wrote their own climate changed themed poems and hosted a poetry slam
Year 5/6 - What were you thinking?
Children learned about people that had changed the world, then hosted a blue plaque celebration night for people that have changed their world
Above all, we place the happiness of the children at Crockerne at the centre of everything we do. We pride ourselves on having a fun, creative, family-friendly approach to learning, which we believe contributes positively to the surrounding community.
Our Children Say:
- I like my teacher because she always looks after me and teaches me new words for my sentences.
- I love going to Crockerne as everyone is really kind. My teacher helps me with my work and plays tricks that are funny.
- My teacher is really nice and funny. She makes even the hard things seem easy.
Our Parents Say:
- We are extremely grateful to you all, for going above and beyond as always but even more so during these time’s. You are the Best Team and provide us with the best school in the world!
- Huge thank you to each and everyone of you who made Crockerne the wonderful school that it is, and for helping grow my babies into the amazing young people they are today.
- The teacher really knows my child. They know that my child is a little shy and is patiently encouraging and praising the contributions my child makes - maturing her confidence, abilities and opinions.
- The teachers go the extra mile to help reluctant readers keep up with their peers.
- I will be forever grateful for giving my son the confidence he needed to transition to Secondary School.
- Amazing teachers and heads taking time out of their busy schedules to discuss my child and making it very clear that she matters.
Our SIAMS inspection reports that we are:
- All members of the school community are fully committed to the school’s vision.
- Staff and pupils are inspired to ‘be the best me they can be’.
- Relationships are strong and caring and behaviour is exemplary.
- Parents speak positively of the on-going support they are given, particularly in times of need or loss.
- The values also make a difference to the ways pupils interact daily. They say, ‘people don’t laugh or make fun of our opinions. Our values of respect and tolerance help us get along.’ Therefore, pupils enjoy school, feel safe and want to learn.
- The strategies for acknowledging pupils’ good choices are firmly rooted in the school’s vision. Gem points are awarded providing concrete shining examples to celebrate.
- Pupils also benefit from a curriculum that is rich and varied, developed through projects. These are planned to leave a legacy of learning, life experiences, aspiration and hope for the future.
- Charitable giving is driven by these young people, who want to follow the example of the Good Samaritan. In being the best neighbour they can be to others they are growing as effective young citizens, positive advocates for good.
- Crockerne School is a caring and supportive place. Pupils say that they enjoy school. They told me that they like learning and expect to work hard in lessons.
- Pupils say that everyone in the school expects them to behave well. They told me that the school teaches them to ‘be ready, be respectful and safe.’ This helps them to listen well in lessons and think about safety at breaktimes and in between lessons. Pupils behave well towards each other
- Pupils feel safe in school. They know that they can talk to any adult if they are worried about something. Pupils told me how adults help them to play together happily by encouraging older pupils to be ‘buddies’ to younger ones. Pupils say that bullying is very rare and that teachers sort it out straight away.