Mrs S.A. Page
Mrs H. Page
Head Teacher's Welcome
Firstly, I would like to thank our Principal, Mrs Sheila Page, for having the vision to set up our amazing school, back in 1994. With her wealth of experience both as a Primary Headteacher and as a County Advisor for Early Years, she has been well-placed to know what is best for our children in their primary school years. She has been a source of inspiration and advice to all our staff and continues to be a guiding light for the school as we take the school forward.
Our school has achieved three consecutive 'outstanding' grades from Ofsted and I am delighted to have taken on the position of Head Teacher from September 2015.
We are an Independent School that retains the village community ethos. As such, we have always maintained optimum class sizes ( less than 20 per class in our Upper School) as we firmly believe that children perform best in an environment in which they feel safe and confident, and where their opinions and ideas are valued. This is more likely to happen in a small class where children are part of a 'close knit' community, are heard to read every day by their teacher and are greeted by name at the door each day.
Our learning is dynamic; we believe in 'hands on' experience, whether we are problem solving in maths ( we are excited about our new maths scheme, Maths-No Problem! which engages children in practical learning to ensure 'mastery'), enjoying STEM challenges which are built into the curriculum from the Foundation Stage or taking part in Forest School.
We regularly visit our private Nature Reserve by coach and enjoy using our large adjacent Environmental Area and Playing Field on a daily basis, whatever the weather.
We have an excellent team of dedicated staff who work tirelessly to ensure that the education and care we provide for the children is of the highest standard. The Management Team, consisting of our Principal Mrs Page Snr, myself ( Mrs Miles) and Mrs Page Jnr who is our Business Manager, use our wealth of experience in teaching and management to lead the school forward, whilst maintaining our traditional ethos and values. Our younger members of staff and teaching assistants are mentored by our highly qualified and more experienced staff members, led by Mrs Joanne Hubbert, our Senior Teacher, thus ensuring that we 'grow our own' staff to follow our ethos and methods.
We look forward to continuing to educate children to the highest standards and to upholding our belief in an holistic education, enabling all children to 'shine' and to achieve success.
Mrs. Julie Miles
THE MANAGEMENT TEAM
Mrs J Miles
We offer a school where children are prepared for their future education in a happy and friendly atmosphere. Pupils are encouraged to become independent, to use their own initiative and to be well-mannered at all times.
We recognise that habits and skills are learned slowly and by repetition: what is learned in the Primary years is easily and readily absorbed and will remain for life.
Our school is situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Bicker in South Lincolnshire. Built in 1845, the school has been extensively refurbished but retains the traditional atmosphere of a small country school.
Equipped with the highest quality resources our school is a warm, friendly environment in which to learn. We offer large, light and airy classrooms as well as a purpose built Nursery School, added in 1999.
We aim to:
Ensure that children have time to explore, to experiment and to consolidate their learning in a warm and friendly environment.
Provide children with the skilled and widely experienced teachers they need to approach their learning with understanding, sensitivity and confidence to enable them to develop a full and rounded personality.
Give children the skills and support they need to make friends and to form relationships of quality to enable them to feel confident and happy and to realise their own self-worth.
Our teaching ethos:
Our school motto is 'Nature and Nurture at our Heart'. We provide the nurture our children need to flourish and achieve of their best.
As well as a warm and welcoming school environment, with up-to-date equipment, we offer a range of outdoor play and learning facilities.
Immediately on-site these consist of a fenced playground equipped with 'street/traffic markings.’ Children experience road safety first hand as they cycle around in safety. There is also a netball court and a lawned rear garden bordered by shrubs and trees. We have an ‘all weather’ sheltered play patio and covered and fenced Nursery outdoor play area.
Fifteen years ago, the school acquired an easily accessible Environmental Area which offers flower borders, shrubs and trees, flower meadow and woodland. These environments provide children with an array of learning opportunities and information about the world around them.
We firmly believe that children can be inspired to learn through the outdoor environment and we have always placed an emphasis on the use of the 'outdoor classroom'.
We regularly travel by coach to our own private Nature Reserve, 'Mayfield's Pool', where children can carry out observations and experiments at first hand under the guidance of our Environmental Expert, Mr Reuben Page.
Mrs Hunt, our Foundation Stage Co-ordinator and Miss Goodacre, our Nursery Practitioner have undergone Forest School training, to enable our youngest children to experience the outdoor environment to the full as well as giving them the opportunity to experience 'managed risk'.
Additional staff have also taken part in Forest School training to enable this area of our curriculum to be developed throughout the school.