Equipped for life
We educate each child in as broad a spectrum as possible. Each individual has the opportunity to develop their strengths and to discover new talents and interests. Extra-curricular lessons in subjects such as Music, Art and Sport help extend our children’s confidence beyond the classroom.
We offer a wide variety of before school, lunchtime and after school clubs. Clubs run by our staff are free of charge and are planned to complement and extend our pupils’ learning or personal and emotional wellbeing. Our clubs take place both on site and across the local Gosfield community. Clubs include choirs, orchestra ensembles, guitar club, drumming club, wind and brass bands, football, futsal, rugby, netball, cricket, athletics, multi-sports, badminton, gymnastics, golf, fencing, tennis, ballet, yoga, art, lego & construction, jewellery making, sewing, cookery, French games, coding, ICT, science, exam prep, 11+ prep, and many more.
Across the academic year, pupils take part in a number of school trips to enhance their classroom learning. They may visit Cressing Temple Barns, Colchester Castle, Colne Valley Railway to bring history to the present, or to discover species studied in science lessons up close on trips to Daws Hall and Hatfield Forest.
Residential trips are also a great way to form new skills. Pupils gain a whole range of interpersonal skills including leadership abilities, team building, trust and respect, which leads to greater self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience. We find that some children who don’t have much confidence in their abilities in class may excel on a residential trip, which will improve their performance and friendships back at school.
Residential trips may include ‘Bushcraft’ experiences, camping in pods or safari-style tents, enjoying activities including, wilderness cookery, fire lighting and orienteering. Outdoors activity camps, where they can build bonds with their classmates on during teambuilding activities including the Leap of Faith. All residentials are organised for the appropriate length of time and level of actvities for each age group from Year 3 up. Year 6 enjoy a week long ‘Primary to Secondary Transition’ course to help them feel more confident, more self-aware and ready for anything. Even a new school!
Pupils throughout the school have Forest School lessons with a fully qualified and very enthusiastic Forest School practitioner who brings the subject to life for the children. Children go out into our accredited Forest School site in all weathers, all year round. We believe children thrive when their learning is fuelled by a spirit of adventure and this motivates them to become more independent learners back in the classroom.