Mrs Hopkins, our Executive Headteacher.
As the proud Executive Headteacher of Redmile Church of England Primary School, I am delighted to welcome you to our website. I hope it will give you a flavour of the fun and exciting opportunities on offer at our very special school.
We are a small, but growing school in a rural community offering a wide and varied education delivered by an enthusiastic and dedicated staff, who will do everything in their power to ensure that each child reaches his or her full potential.
We treat all our pupils individually, developing their self-esteem and confidence and enabling their unique talents to flourish.
We were delighted to become an Academy within the Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust (DLAT) on 1 December 2014. The Executive Headship became a permanent arrangement in September 2015 and we enjoy close links with our partner school, Waltham-on-the-Wolds CE Primary School, as well as other Vale and DLAT schools.
As a small school, our numbers on roll vary each year. Currently, we have 86 pupils on roll and look forward to continued growth over the coming year.
As our numbers increase, so do the teaching staff: we have a Deputy Headteacher, who also works with our partner school in Waltham; four full-time class teachers; a part-time class teacher who supports our Key Stage 2 children; a full-time nursery nurse (job share), a full time teaching assistant and a learning support assistant (job share)... plus me, of course!
Our pupils also benefit from the expertise of our Spanish teacher, sports coaches, music teachers and staff who lead Woodlands Adventures, all of whom teach with us on a weekly basis and are very much part of the school.
As of September 2017, we will have four classes (previously three), of mixed ability and gender, all vertically grouped: Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 and 5 and 6. As this fourth class is new for this year, we do not currently have a dedicated web page for them…yet! Our class pages, as you see them, reflect the structure we have had in place prior to this academic year and will be updated later this term.
We have developed a cross-curricular approach to learning encompassing all areas of the curriculum, particularly the creative arts and technology, with literacy and numeracy central to our work. Our children love the whole school projects that we plan for, especially as they choose them: Dinosaurs, Space, Back to the Future, and A Blast from the Past to name but a few recent topics enjoyed by all.
We are currently developing a child-led approach to learning and have posed the question ‘What makes a great summer?’ to get them investigating!
Our vision centres around our motto ‘learning together, having fun’ and working together with a strong support team, made up of staff, Governors, parents, the community and visiting friends of the school, ensures that learning is exciting, relevant and fun. With the support of funds from our annual charity event, The Viking Challenge, opportunities at our school are plentiful, helping us to create magical memories for our children, their families and our staff.
We are very proud of the caring, family-orientated, Christian ethos we share; as one of our pupils once said, "We may be small, but there's room for everyone."
If you are a prospective parent looking for an admission place for your child, please contact us as I'd be pleased to show you around.
Enjoy your 'journey' around the site and please let us know what you think about it.
Mrs Julie Hopkins