The minute you walk through our doors at Hermitage Primary, you cannot fail to notice the warm, family feel that permeates our school. Hermitage is a happy, welcoming, stimulating environment where everyone cares about each other and all interactions are based on mutual respect. We are a community school and from their first tentative sessions in Nursery through to their final days in Year 6, we strive to teach our pupils their place in the school, the community and beyond.
We recognise that each child is an individual with specific needs, interests, experiences and abilities and our staff go that extra mile to ensure that through effective provision of differentiated learning opportunities, each and every pupil achieves success. Our curriculum is constantly evolving, following the direction of the pupils. Although we have a structured and robust framework in place, staff are actively encouraged to develop innovative ways to deepen learning and create a thirst for knowledge. Improving our provision is a constant priority and good ideas, from any source, including children and parents/carers, are warmly welcomed and often acted upon. Developing well-rounded individuals who leave us ready for the next stage of their education and beyond is of the utmost importance; we work to develop ‘character’ through fostering and embedding dispositions such as resilience, perseverance and courage and personal values such as honesty, kindness and loyalty.
At Hermitage, we are very proud of our excellent standards of behaviour. All pupils have very clear boundaries for behaviour through our ‘Steps and Success’ programme which is delivered by all staff consistently and fairly, so that children are fully aware of the expectations and feel safe in school. We nurture good behaviour through modelling, rewarding and building strong relationships rooted in respect and empathy.
For our pupils to thrive, effective partnerships with parents and carers are essential. Regular communication through email, newsletters, workshops and coffee mornings ensure families feel part of our school. All our staff are approachable and available to talk through parents’ concerns. Regular parents’ evenings are scheduled through the year and parents receive regular feedback on their child’s progress, attainment and wellbeing at school. Parents and carers are actively encouraged to be part of our school community through volunteering in class and supporting at events.
At Hermitage, we believe passionately that all children deserve the very best that we can offer and that a high-quality primary education will build better futures.
Elaine D'Souza - Headteacher