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At Cirencester Deer Park School, pupils thrive in a learning environment that provides support and challenge and encourages success. The characteristic ‘buzz’ of excitement about learning, noted by many observers including Ofsted (May 2007), is contagious. Our pupils enjoy coming to school, they have positive attitudes to learning and consistently achieve more than they first thought possible! The inspection team found that ‘because the curriculum stresses learning for a purpose, pupils participate with eagerness to do their best’.
Learning is our core purpose and our commitment to building learning power ensures that our pupils develop and exercise those learning muscles that will enable them to be confident, independent and successful life long learners. During their time with us they become aware of their own preferred learning styles and develop new skills to aid independent study. They are expected to become resilient and reflective learners and to practise reciprocal and resourceful learning strategies intuitively. In addition to achieving good grades in public examinations, our pupils learn to contribute effectively to team work and to take responsibility as leaders.
Through activities like ‘The Crystal Maze’ in Maths, ‘The Lego League’ in Design and Technology or enterprise activities like ‘The Dragons’ Den’, pupils learn to solve problems and make informed decisions. They are encouraged to take responsibility and to make a significant contribution to the community of the school: ‘Cirencester Deer Park School benefits from an ethos which puts the individual pupil at its core, and encourages pupils to develop outstanding personal skills’ (Ofsted May 2007).
We challenge pupils to achieve more than they first think is possible in an environment where they feel secure in taking risks in their learning. As a 'high performing specialist school' for Technology, the Arts and Applied Learning, we ‘offer more than a visible curriculum’ through our comprehensive extended provision and range of exciting enrichment activities. Across the school we share a commitment to building our pupils’ learning power to ensure they are resilient, resourceful and reflective practitioners who can reciprocate. We encourage everyone to ‘make the challenge an opportunity’!