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Chasing Horizons

Gipsy Hill

Preparing young people for a life without limits.

At Gipsy Hill Federation we hope that all of our children will leave us and go on to have happy and fulfilled lives. The outstanding education our children receive will enable them to compete academically. But we also realise that outstanding academic achievement is not the only element required to lead happy and fulfilled lives. Our children need to have the skills to adapt to an ever changing global society. Resilience, self-confidence, good character, health and sustained wellbeing are equally important.

We at Gipsy Hill Federation are aware that young people’s lives can be stressful and filled with challenges now, during their journey into adulthood and throughout their lives. Our aim is to equip our young people with the skills and tools necessary to be productive citizens and be successful in whatever field they choose, enabling them to find ways to cope with the challenges that life will inevitably throw their way.

We do not subscribe to the belief that education is just one long recruitment drive. But we do accept that it is our responsibility to prepare our young people for the world of work. We do this by raising their awareness of the wide range of professions and different jobs at an early age. This enables them to imagine themselves in a full range of roles thus not limiting their horizons too early or too quickly.

Our aim is to build a culture of aspiration and ambition for pupils from all backgrounds. We also seek to develop creative, independent lifelong learners who will be equipped with the tools that will enable them to make considered choices throughout their lives. We achieve this by offering and exposing them to a world of possibilities and experiences.

2002 Craig Tunstall became Head of Kingswood

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  • Year 4 PGL Residential 2017

    Day 1 Four seasons in one day We started bright and early ready for our adventure to PGL. Parents waved us off gleefully as we bordered the coach (possible looking forward to some child-free time). The coach journey was pleasant and the children enjoyed moving through the familiar landmarks of London and out beyond to the less familiar countryside. Once we arrive we quickly saw our family of federation schools waiting for us. We soon realised that we were in for a wonderful time with our friends. After a hearty lunch, we split into our mixed federation groups. Children and adults dispersed across the site to begin the many exciting activities. We climbed, jumped, swung and abseiled like we were fearless. We cheerer on our friends and supported those who needed our support. Unfortunately the weather did not match our enthusiasm and spirit as we experienced sun, rain, hail and then back to sun again..truly four season in one day! Nevertheless and not to be defeated we continued on and showed our true determination to do what we had set out to do.... learn, have fun and make new friends. Day 2 Facing our fears! After a full breakfast we were ready to face our fears and challenge ourselves to achieve all that we can. We had a range of exciting outdoor activities to try and we were keen to get started. At the crate challenge we learned how to belay correctly. Our instructor Katie taught us a rhyme to help as remember to belay correctly. We learned that it is very important to 'lock off' so that we can help our friends to climb safely. Stacking and climbing the crates was quite tricky and we had to balance carefully. When we could climb no more, we got to swing off and kick the mountain of crates over. We thought this would be scary but as soon as we jumped it was exhilarating and felt like we were flying. Another activity we really enjoyed was 'The Giant Swing'. This is a highlight for many children and we had been told all about it from the children who went to PGL last year. The swing is quite daunting to look at. It is like a giant trapeze suspended high in the sky. You have to have a harness and be safely strapped into it before you can have a turn. Your friends have to use their muscles to pull the rope which winches you as high into the sky as you dear to go. Then you count down 3-2-1....ahhhhh! It's definitely an experience we will cherish from our primary school days.

    27/04/17
    Year 4 PGL Residential 2017
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