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Welcome to Dent Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School!

Welcome to our school, in the beautiful surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. We love learning and we enjoy developing together through an enriched and broad curriculum. We hope our website will help you to find out more about how we work and what makes life at Dent C of E School so special. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

We are a vibrant and caring rural primary school, working as part of the whole community to provide a creative and nurturing environment where all children flourish.  With Christian values at the heart of all we do, each child is encouraged to reach their potential.  Every child experiences our personalised approach to learning, which allows children to grow in independence and confidence, aiming high and achieving success.  Through the highest quality education, we aim to prepare our children to serve the community, locally and globally, whilst developing a deep appreciation of Christian values, faith and life.

Our most recent full Ofsted inspection said: ‘The attention to pupils’ well-being and the level of pastoral care is second to none… …Pupils of all ages and abilities are given plenty of opportunities to try new things and experience success. Consequently, they enjoy school, feel confident, and are well prepared for their new schools when they leave Dent Primary.’

 

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Pupil Parliament

Every term for the last three years, children from Key Stage 2 have participated in the South Lakes Pupil Parliament. Our latest cohort went to the first session of this year’s Parliament on Thursday and had a fantastic time. Our pupils had a chance to meet and quiz Tim Farron, our local MP, as well …

Vision & Values

We are a vibrant and caring rural primary school, working as part of the whole community to provide a creative and nurturing environment where all children flourish. With Christian values at the heart of all we do, each child is encouraged to reach their potential. Every child experiences our personalised approach to learning, which allows children to grow in independence and confidence, aiming high and achieving success. Through the highest quality education, we aim to prepare our children to serve the community, locally and globally, whilst developing a deep appreciation of Christian values, faith and life.
There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school, whether from internal sources – pupils, staff, visiting adults, governors etc. or external sources – school community, external agencies or individuals.
Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed by pupils, staff, visitors or parents will always be challenged and, where appropriate, dealt with. Where misconduct by a teacher is proven, the matter will be referred to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for their consideration. Misconduct by other staff will be dealt with under normal school disciplinary procedures.
We encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We ensure that partisan political views are not promoted in the teaching of any subject in the school and where political issues are brought to the attention of the pupils, reasonably practicable steps are taken to offer a balanced presentation of opposing views to pupils.

We aim for our children to:

• achieve high academic standards and success in learning.

• become energetic and enthusiastic learners with the ability to apply themselves to tasks with independence

• take responsibility for their own actions and learning pathways, making informed choices

• acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to the changing world in which they live

• make a positive contribution as citizens of the wider world
• develop healthily in mind, body and spirit
• have an insight into Christian and moral values, as well as an understanding and appreciation of the religions and beliefs of others.

Our Seven core Christian values are:

Wisdom, Trust, Service, Justice, Compassion, Endurance & Forgiveness.

Each year we have an overarching value which we are exploring and each half-term we have a focus value.

Curriculum

At Dent C of E Primary School we aim to maximise learning for all our pupils through the provision of an engaging and inspirational curriculum for pupils in Reception through to Year 6.  We follow the Early Years Curriculum in Reception and have embedded the National Curriculum throughout the rest of the school.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The EYFS is split into seven areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language (CL)
  • Physical Development (PD)
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Literacy (LY)
  • Mathematics (MA)
  • Understanding of the World (UTW)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

The EYFS is usually offered discretely in the morning with a range of opportunities for continuous provision (in and outdoors), developing the children’s abilities across the different areas of learning.  In the afternoon, EYFS and the rest of Key Stage 1 pupils join together for creative, skills based learning which is led by a variety of subject specialists and the class teacher.

Key Stage 1

We have a 2 year rolling programme in Key Stage 1 due to a mixed age class of Year 1 and 2 children.  A cross curricular, themed approach brings learning to life and allows flexibility and curiosity for pupils to gain skills through a creative approach to learning.

Great care is taken by our staff to personalise all aspects of learning to support the pupils and their individual needs.  Behind this rolling programme are schemes of work which give more detailed teaching activities and learning outcomes for each subject. Please see attached link for more information.

Key Stage 2

The children in Key Stage 2 are taught in a mixed age class of Year 3 to Year 6 pupils and subsequently have a 4 year rolling programme through the Foundation subjects and a two year one through the Science curriculum. A creative, skills based, yet personalised approach to learning is always a priority across the key stage so that our pupils are engaged, challenged and curious about their learning.