A painting of our school, by H Green, 1976.
The Pochin School is a co-educational school for children aged four to eleven years in the village of Barkby.
Many of the children come from outside the catchment area from the surrounding villages and Hamilton. In total we have approximately 140 children.
The main building was built in 1869 and enlarged in 1894. It is a Grade 2 listed building that has been modernised in the last few years to make it suitable for the 21st Century whilst maintaining its character.
The school has five classes. Outside, we have two playgrounds, one for the Infants and one for the Juniors. The Cricket Pitch is used as a sports field and we use the Village Hall for dinners, assemblies and PE.
Valuing individuals through high expectations.
We are a small school that values high expectations in which individual children are nurtured through:
- quality teaching and learning;
- opportunity for children to achieve their full potential;
- a caring, happy, secure learning environment in a rural setting;
- high expectations of behaviour and discipline;
- strong leadership and teamwork with all staff;
- valuing partnership with the wider community, especially parents;
- and providing equal opportunity for all.
The government has set out its definition of British values in the 'Prevent Strategy' and emphasises that schools are required to ensure these values are taught across the United Kingdom.
At The Pochin School we have always recognised the importance of educating our children so that they understand the multi-cultural and multi-faith Britain we live in today. We ensure our pupils are ready to contribute to an every changing society.
Democracy is embedded at our school. Pupils are taught to listen carefully and with concern for each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Our pupils are taught the value of respecting themselves and others around them. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council. The elections of the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. Our robust behaviour policy involves both rewards and sanctions; pupils are clear about the expectations at The Pochin School, hence the positive opinions of visitors to the school and Ofsted.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, is consistently reinforced through our curriculum, behaviour system and assemblies. Each class discuss the school rules to ensure they are clearly understood by all, this ensures that every pupil is able to learn in a safe environment. We expect pupils to behave impeccably when they are on trips outside of school. Pupils are taught, through our behaviour system, what happens if they break the rules and that the wrong choices have consequences.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our teaching of e-safety. Whether it is through the curriculum or through participation in our extra- curricular activities, our pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Pupils are also given the opportunity to be engaged in their learning through the use of personal negotiated targets and self-assessment of their work.
Respect is one of the core values that is evident at our school; this can be seen in lessons in every classroom and around the school. Pupils are taught our core values through religious education, assemblies, and school rules. This helps to develop self-esteem and to give pupils strategies to help improve their respect of themselves and others.
Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our core value of respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. The Pochin School enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through assemblies, a broad approach to religious education and our P.S.H.C.E. work. Pupils participate in celebrations such as Diwali and Chinese New Year, and enjoy a depth of study during themed weeks covering History and Geography topics. The Pochin School participates in sporting events across Leicestershire. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in events such as Archery, Climbing, Orienteering, Swimming, Cross Country Running, Football and Netball. We have whole school daily acts of worship where we share ideas, events, music and stories to promote the values expressed.