Welcome from the Headteacher
Think of a school 100 years ago. What were the expectations? To train children for the world of industry, a place where they needed to follow instructions competently and comply with the rules and regulations. We needed maths for the accountants and English for the clerks. Now think of a school 50 years ago. Children needed to be good at the basics along with a variety of subjects so that their grounding in education allowed them to take up positions in manufacturing, law, sciences and technology. So what do we expect of a school today? Children today will go into a world of rapid change, high-technology in all walks of life and into jobs which have yet to be invented. They need to have speed of thought, be able to problem solve, to work in teams and to successfully live in a world where people expect the very best from them. We want our children to be confident and willing to continue learning well after they have left their formal education behind. Our challenge at Herne is to make sure we give each and every child a chance to succeed in the 21st Century. Every child deserves our best to ensure that we get the best from them and they in turn can contribute to create a better world, whatever their abilities. We hope the information in this booklet will help you to get a feel for our school and, where applicable, help with the successful induction of your child into our friendly school community. We want to get to know your child and to inspire their mind.Our recent developments have put Herne firmly into the 21st Century. We have made huge strides into personalising learning for all of the children where they have individual learning targets matched to their abilities across a range of areas. Each classroom is fitted with interactive computer whiteboards allowing us to make use of video, computer software and the power of the Internet to enhance lessons. A whole-school wireless network has been installed and we have wireless devices in every part of the school for the children to use. We have already introduced Kindles to promote reading.
The grounds of the school are excellent, giving lots of space and opportunities for creative play, sports, exploration, special reading areas and adventure. We have been awarded the Active Mark for exceptional PE, International School awards from the British Council, the Rights Respecting School award through the United Nations and won Hampshire competitions in football. We have competed nationally in motor racing and trampolining! We are developing our building to provide high quality learning spaces and refurbishing rooms to create a stimulating learning environment, including a multi-media studio. Herne is having £500,000+ spent on the school during 2015, extending the school to 16 classrooms (we have also created a short-term 17th classroom for 2015-2016). We are not perfect, but like all successful schools, we aim to listen to our children, parents, staff and visitors so that we can constantly improve what we provide to our community. In 2013, Ofsted graded the school as a GOOD school and they recognised the excellent work we have achieved. Recent SATs results in July 2015 put us in the top 5% of schools nationally, which is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our team and the children. We value our links with parents, other local schools and organisations. Our partnership with parents and carers is essential, encouraging children to attain high standards of effort, achievement and behaviour. It is vital that together we develop all aspects of our children, allowing them to feel good about their efforts at school. We pride ourselves on being a friendly place where people, young and old, really matter.
In our 40th anniversary year we have changed our vision for the school to “Knowing Every Child – Inspiring Every Mind”. It is our personal challenge to make sure we get to know every family too. By working alongside you, we know we are more likely to succeed to help, support, challenge and inspire your child. We’re looking forward to what lies ahead for the children and the rest of the family here at Herne.
Mr T Markham