We are very proud to be the leadership team of Occold Primary School.
We feel privileged to be leading such a dedicated and talented staff. Our whole team is committed to fostering a happy, lively and challenging environment, where children feel secure and are able to develop their full potential, taking their first steps towards becoming competent and caring adults. We encourage close links with parents, governors, friends of the school and the wider community to ensure that we do the very best we can for all our children.
Our educational philosophy is founded on a firm belief that we should trust in every child's capacity to learn. To this end, we feel strongly that we should avoid placing ceilings on our expectations for children. This way they have the opportunity to surprise both us and themselves. We believe that our school should recognise the uniqueness of each child and show empathy with children in all their complexity. There are many ways in which they can be successful! Learning both in and out of the classroom should endeavour to be an authentic and immersive experience for children so that children are excited to come to school for a new adventure. Opportunities should be created in which children are encouraged to develop belief in themselves, resilience, independence and a strong sense of social responsibility. The more children are trusted, the more resourceful they can be.
The school is both physically and socially at the heart of the community. Everyone connected to the village in Occold pulls together to enhance the experience for children at the school. The school works closely with our neighbours and draws upon local resources to overcome the challenges of accommodation and to ensure good access to sports facilities and the outdoors. These purposeful links benefit the community as a whole.
We wish to send children on from our school who have belief in themselves, respect for others and a good record of achievement across the curriculum. We would like our children to achieve high academic standards, excellence in sport, an appreciation of the arts and humanities and develop a concern for the community and environment.
Dr Paul Parslow-Williams
Head of School