Just a little word about who we are…
We are a Church of England School, under the Diocese of Blackburn. The Christian faith and the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ underpin all aspects of our school life, shaping our distinctive caring and pastoral character. Our Vision Statement defines our hopes and aspirations for our children along with a set of key attributes that, as a whole school family, we want to nurture and demonstrate. These are: self-belief, courage, resilience, ambition and harmony. These qualities are inclusive of all – whatever faith, belief or ability.
As a high achieving school academically, staff at St Gabriel’s have the highest expectations for every child – especially in Reading, Language and Mathematics which form the vital core of learning. But we also recognise that each child is unique with individual gifts, talents and abilities.
We also believe that children need to be happy and motivated if they are to achieve their very best in the classroom. I believe that developing their self-confidence at an early age is crucial. As such we aim to nurture children’s wellbeing and self-belief in daily lessons and through other opportunities such as music (choir and orchestra) and competitive sporting activities. Encouraging children to take on roles of responsibility or leadership also actively strengthens their self-esteem. When our children eventually move on to high school, it is our hope that they will leave us as self-assured and capable young people, ready to take on the rigours of the next step in their school lives. The inspiration to achieve these qualities is reflected in our chosen Bible quotation: “stand firm… be courageous” 1 Corinthians 16:13.
I hope, in this brief message, that you have gained a little ‘feel’ for our school. We warmly welcome you to visit us — to meet the staff and children, to take a look at our organic garden and landscaped outdoor area (complete with fire pit and running stream) and, perhaps, to meet our resident rabbit!
Mrs B Haigh