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Our Ethos

Gipsy Hill

Our Federation recognises the potential of every individual to achieve excellence. We strive to positively address underachievement and have very high expectations for all members of our school community. We work hard to creatively remove barriers to achievement and raise esteem. We are determined to create a true culture of ‘learning for all’ through meaningful partnerships with the whole school community.

Everyone works to provide a welcoming, calm, happy and purposeful atmosphere in which, as members of a culturally rich community, we provide an education free from discrimination. Our Federation is characterised by openness and honesty. Consideration, encouragement of positive role models, respect for others, their property and the environment are our priorities. We aim to deliver a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum in an optimum learning environment that is attractive, stimulating, informative and instils a sense of pride.

Each of our primary schools is uniquely special, but they are united through our core values and an immovable commitment to excellence. A value is a central belief clearly understood and shared by every member of the Gipsy Hill Federation community.

We believe in commitment, opportunity, respect and excellence:

By commitment we mean that everyone

  • Tries their best
  • Sees failure as a learning opportunity and works at becoming resilient
  • Is keen to further the Federation aims and keep school rules
  • Is willing to care for and support others, particularly the vulnerable
  • Appreciates that learning must happen outside and after school, as well as in it

By opportunity we mean that everyone

  • Works to make each of our Federation schools outstanding
  • Treats others equally and fairly to ensure that the Federation schools are inclusive
  • Develops confidence through participation and seizes chances that are offered them
  • Reflects honestly, sets & works towards targets for improvement
  • Pursues interests in a manner which broadens horizons, volunteers in a variety of situations

By respect we mean that everyone

  • Aspires to learn and looks up to those with greater knowledge and experience
  • Values and cares for all members both of the community and as people
  • Displays good manners at all times and treats everybody with courtesy
  • Celebrates diversity and the positive role diversity plays in our community and society
  • Shows respect for the school buildings, facilities and excellent resources - and the broader environment

By excellence we mean that everyone

  • Has high expectations of themselves and of the Federation schools
  • Is proud of personal achievement
  • Sets high standards and personal goals for improvement
  • Makes best use of talents, time and resources
  • Celebrates and shares in the achievements of others

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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