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Our School

At Cleves we aim to produce well rounded community members at the end of the Cleves experience. We give the children a wide range of experiences which will enthuse and excite them and thus encourage high quality learning. We have high expectations of all. We believe that our curriculum should prepare children for life in a fast changing society. We place emphasis on the development of six learning behaviours and teach our pupils to be:

  • Independent Learners
  • Self-Managers
  • Effective Participants
  • Creative Thinkers
  • Reflective Learners
  • Team Workers

These are qualities that are important through life. They can be developed at home as well as at school and we hope you will help us in this way. Our curriculum is innovative in that we seek to teach key life skills as well as knowledge. The children know which skills they are striving to develop in their learning and assess their progress at the end of session. Personal development holds equal importance to academic importance at Cleves and you will see a total transformation of your children during their time here. Self esteem is key and we seek to develop this through a variety of activities and a positive attitude. To accompany the six learning behaviours we have identified what we consider five fundamental values which are taught and encouraged in all aspects of school life. These are:

  • Tolerance
  • Respect
  • High Aspirations
  • Working Together
  • Honesty

Home School Agreement

Our Vision Statement is further communicated via our Home School Agreement which every pupil and parent signs on joining the school and annually thereafter to reaffirm their understanding and commitment to the schools vision, aims and expectations. This agreement is signed also by your teacher, the Headteacher and the Chair of Governors.

Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct is issued on joining the school and is signed by each pupil in acceptance and understanding of what is expected of the conduct whilst at school. A similar document is issued each time your child goes on a residential visit and continues these themes but adds specifics for the visit they are attending. A copy is kept on file throughout their time at school.

Parent Pupil Progress Meetings

This is the ideal opportunity for you to meet with your child's teacher to discuss progress. You can of course contact them at other times but there is one formal opportunity to do so every term. The first meeting is held after school during October and focuses on how your child has settled and the targets they need to work on for the remainder of the term. In March we hold meetings during the day - these are slightly longer and your child should attend with you. This is a great opportunity for a joint understanding by pupil, parent and teacher and sets the way ahead for the rest of the year. In July a final meeting can be arranged to review the year and look forward to the new academic year.

Pastoral Care

We pride ourselves on the high level of pastoral care we provide at Cleves. This care is a three way process between staff, parent and child and requires everyone to be involved. If you have a concern about any aspect of school life we would much rather you contact us whilst a problem is small rather than letting them grow. There are different channels to follow depending on the nature of your concern. However in the first instance you should contact your child's class teacher.


Cleves School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Child Protection Officers" in school in compliance with the "sharing of information" guidance.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Chris Hodges.  He is supported by Ian Russ.

If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Cleves School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

Staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the School Safeguarding Team using a written proforma. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.

PREVENT Strategy

An integral part of our safeguarding work relates to the government's PREVENT strategy, which is designed to stop radicalisation,  and the duties it places on all academic institutions. All adults in our school, whether or not they have direct contact with children, are committed to providing a secure environment for pupils, where children feel safe and are kept safe. 

With regard to radicalisation, staff will be trained to be alert to specific issues, including:

  • Disclosures by pupils of their exposure to the extremist actions, views or materials outside of school, such as in their homes or community groups
  • Graffiti symbols, writing or art work promoting extremist messages or images
  • Disclosures that pupils are accessing extremist material online, including through social networking sites
  • Parental reports of changes in behaviour, friendship or actions and requests for assistance
  • Use of extremist or ‘hate’ terms to exclude others or incite violence
  • Intolerance of difference, whether secular or religious or, in line with our equalities policy, views based on, but not exclusive to, gender, disability, homophobia, race, colour or culture.

For more information about PREVENT please click here.