A word from the Headteacher
“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.”
Positive relationships are essential for any school to thrive. Being a village school we are distinctive in that as a staff, we know each and every child, what makes them tick, what they may need support with and what their strengths are. Small year groups mean that our children become more like family. Each year I watch the children leave our school having built outstanding relationships with one another. They will have developed tolerance, empathy, and a sense of humour along the way; skills which will be essential in all their future experiences.
We want your child to be able to go in whichever direction they choose, this is why we do whatever it takes to ensure your child achieves their potential. Our staff team contains a great amount of expertise and drive; I really don’t think your child could be in better hands! At William Gilpin we motivate children to take responsibility for their learning; one way we do this is through our ‘learning ninjas’. We have Nori Ninja who is incredible at persevering; Oshumi who works independently or in a team; reflective Twinja and finally Creative Ninja who finds inventive solutions to problems.
“Children are not things to be moulded, but are people to be unfolded.”
― Jess Lair
At William Gilpin our goal is to offer children an excellent all round experience. As a school with a strong Christian ethos, we offer children time for reflection and thought, something I feel is much needed in their busy lives. Our Christian values of kindness, forgiveness, and belief guide us as a community and make our school even more special.
Alongside their learning, children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of sporting activities and competitions, in fact we are well known for our superb sportsmanship and competitive spirit. Some of my fondest moments involve watching our children give all they’ve got to win but still remember to cheer on others who come in after them.
The arts are particularly important for us too; our ‘Arts Mark’ award celebrates how we have integrated the arts into our daily life at William Gilpin. In addition, many of our children choose to learn an instrument with one of our private music instructors, plus our choir is a real showstopper at our termly services.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
It is a privilege to be the Headteacher of such a vibrant, successful, and friendly school. I recognise that I will be judged by how happy and successful your child is and rightly so. I will strive each day to ensure your child has an excellent experience here. If you would like to visit or find out more, please do get in touch.
Mrs Kirsten Kennedy, Headteacher
A word from the Chair of Governors
I have a lot to thank for education. The daughter of two teachers, I worked hard at grammar school which launched me to a top university and then on to a career in journalism. My academic achievements were a passport to greater self-confidence and work success, and I am a great believer in education being the gateway to following your dreams. William Gilpin Church of England VA School is very small but it bats beyond its weight, and I am proud to be involved in improving standards at the school and making your children’s experience of education enriching and enjoyable.
Mrs Sue Leach, Chair of Governors