Our Vision is to give every child the skills and experiences they need for their next step in life. At Clehonger, we aim to provide a high-quality education that develops the children intellectually, socially, morally, physically and spiritually with a Christian environment.
Through the school’s ethos and collective worship, we use the Bible as guidance, as teaching and as our compass.
In our school, children learn to respect the diversity within their community, themselves, others and environment. Children will leave our school on the next stage of life with the confidence and the ability to make responsible, respectful and resilient choices.
Develop an understanding and respect for people who are different from ourselves.
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Respect can be defined as allowing yourself and others to do and be their best. When our children are able to treat each other respectfully, they respond to direction and instruction in a positive way, making for a more conducive learning environment.
At Clehonger, respect is often discussed, but also modelled by staff. It is the goal of our school to create a mutually respectful atmosphere between all individuals involved including administrators, governors, teachers, staff members, students, parents and visitors. Children and staff greet each other with kind words and exchanges are be friendly, in an appropriate tone, and remain respectable. Children are encouraged to use words such as: Please, Thank You, You're Welcome, Excuse Me.
Respect is seen through some acts of service: putting the needs of others such as clean-ups on the playground, helping out with younger students (reading buddies) or simply volunteering to help.
Build resilience and risk taking. Broaden horizons and think bigger.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control”
It is our aim, at Clehonger, to build resilience. Our children are continually engaged in trial and error learning. They’re learning emotionally, socially, and cognitively both in the classroom and on the playground. When students believe that they are worthy and capable of overcoming challenges, they become resilient.
We talk openly about problems at school, encouraging our children to think in terms of problem solving - What do you think we can do to change things? Children are shown how to break down problems into smaller steps and offered praise and encouragement each time a step is completed.
Children are faced with challenges such as illness, change of school, transitioning from primary school to high school, change in family make up, change of friendship group, conflict with peers, conflict with family. Here, we do our very best to create safe and supportive learning environments. We celebrate children’s progress, not just success. We encourage the children to set goals for themselves that provide challenges and stimulation.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,…”
By taking responsibility for their own learning, the children of Clehonger, will be able to get a much better idea of what they are best at – and what they need to work harder at. Realising their strengths and weaknesses, and what they do and don't enjoy, is invaluable to a child's educational development, and will help them throughout their time at our school.
Children are demonstrating responsibility in our school by making good decisions in their own behaviour, they are taking responsibility for their learning. Our children ask when they need help. They generally have a role or duty to fulfil – such as table Monitor, Worship Leader, House Captain. We encourage children to be proactive – not stepping over litter, coats, seeing a need and stepping in. And more recently, we are seeing our students taking responsibility for their own health – physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. With our recent addition of a school dog, Scarlett, the children will soon have the opportunity to show responsibility and care for a pet.