Vision, Values and Ethos
"A Happy School is a Learning School"
At East Farleigh, we believe that education provides a route to spiritual, moral, social, physical and mental development, leading to a well-balanced and rounded individual. Our vision is to provide a happy, caring and stimulating environment which nurtures the child. A place where students will recognise and achieve their fullest potential, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and physically to enable them to make their best contribution to society. We believe education also provides a route to equality of opportunity for all, a healthy and just democracy, a productive economy and sustainable development. We encourage values that contribute to these ends, namely valuing ourselves, our families and other relationships, the community to which we belong, the environment in which we live and the diversity in our society.
East Farleigh’s Ethos and Values
It is our aim to prepare our children for the opportunities and challenges of the rapidly changing world in which we live and work.
Our vision is that children leave East Farleigh with:
- High self-esteem and high personal expectations
- Tolerance and respect for others and high behavioural expectations
- An enquiring and discriminating mind and a desire for knowledge
- A sense of responsibility and skills to make wise choices and accept the consequences of their choices
- High academic achievement and a complement of basic skills – linguistic, mathematical, scientific, creative, physical and social
- A set of spiritual and moral values including honesty, integrity and good manners
All staff at East Farleigh Primary School are committed to providing our children with the educational tools which will enable them to be productive citizens. We have high expectations of our children and ourselves. We aim to attract the best staff. We believe that all children deserve a quality education, with staff who encourage, challenge and guide each child to become engaged in learning, providing for differences in learning abilities and learning styles.
At East Farleigh, we value the partnership which exists between school, parents and community and the part it plays in realising this vision. We recognise that involving parents and carers in their children’s learning is one of the most significant contributors to raising attainment. We provide a safe, welcoming and compassionate environment where children, parents and staff are respected to the best of our ability.
History of the school
A school was first established in East Farleigh in Lower Road about 1845. This dame school was superseded in 1870 by a new school built by the Church. A second storey was added in 1885. In 1936, a wooden building was erected on the present site but a fire destroyed this on Coronation Night in 1953. The school log books were destroyed in the blaze. The school moved back to the Victorian school near the church, until the current building opened in 1956, the concrete phoenix on the wall symbolising rebirth.
In 2003 the school undertook extensive building work. Three new purpose-built infant classrooms and an ICT suite were added to the building. This has enabled the school to develop additional teaching areas, a library and refurbish all other classrooms and facilities.
The present building has seven classrooms, an ICT Suite, a spacious hall and its own kitchen. All classrooms are equipped with interactive teaching boards and computers. The school is set in very pleasant surroundings next to a large playing field used by the school for various sports as well as for relaxation during the warmer weather.