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Virtual Tour FOSSE BANK SCHOOL

Welcome to this snapshot of life at Fosse Bank School. What makes Fosse Bank unique? Each child is treated as an individual with his or her own talents, needs and dreams. It is a fundamental aim of the school that the children are happy, and it becomes obvious that this is achieved when you visit the school. Unfortunately the school is closed currently due to the coronavirus and Fosse Bank has moved to an online learning platform, utilising Office 365 and video conferencing facilities, but we hope that this virtual tour gives you a flavour of what we are all about.

Early mornings can be truly beautiful at Mountains

Good manners and consideration for others, showing leadership and taking initiative are encouraged. All the staff know the children very well and our holistic approach ensures they are brimming with confidence and enthusiasm for learning. Our older children support the younger ones with buddy reading sessions and Y6 act as peer mentors for the whole school, so children know they have pupils they can go to with any worries if they want to.

'Our children have adapted beautifully to online learning and I'm proud. These times would feel lonely without Fosse'. (a parent)

Our pupils are taught all the usual academic subjects with a strong focus on English and maths and we have specialist teachers for French, music and physical education. Outdoor learning is extremely important at Fosse particularly with the younger children who use The Yurt as much as possible.

'We love cooking in the mud kitchen!'

Forest School is a very important part of Fosse Bank with Kindergarten to Y6 all having lessons each term. We have two sites based on the many acres of the school site. Pupils learn to use tools appropriately, how to light fires and make popcorn and are learning to love mud!

'I love that my school looks like Hogwarts, you know that magic can happen there!'

Drama, music and art allow pupils to explore their creativity. As part of the curriculum all Y2 learn to play the recorder and all Y3 pupils learn to play the violin in small groups. Individual lessons in piano, string and wind instruments, percussion and singing are popular. We hold music recitals throughout the year for individual musicians to play to their parents and peers. There is always a school concert in the spring term in which the choir and orchestra also take part. Children enjoy many opportunities to take part in school drama productions and the annual school musical involves every child. Regular visits to art galleries, plays and concerts are part of the curriculum

'The virtual platform Fosse has managed to set up in such a short period of time has exceeded my expectations. (a parent)

Under the supervision of specialist teachers, all children in the junior years play football, touch rugby, rounders, netball, cricket, hockey. Pupils also practise athletics and all have the opportunity to play in matches against local schools. We are fortunate in having tennis courts, a sports hall for gymnastics and an indoor pool where swimming is taught weekly from Kindergarten upwards on a Monday. Extra curricular clubs include karate, ballet, tap dancing, running and football. Every summer we hold a sports day for Little Fosse up to Y2 and for Y3 to Y6.

It is a fundamental aim of the school that the children have a passion for learning.

We have a hugely successful Early Years department that splits into three classes. When two year olds join us they start in Little Fosse, where we provide high quality care and work in partnership with parents to help children learn and develop. Once they are approaching their third birthday, pupils then move across to Pen y Fan, our Kindergarten transition class. At Fosse Bank the Kent Early Years Free Entitlement (KEYFE) is available to all three and four year olds in Kindergarten, from the term following their third birthday up until the end of Kindergarten and stops when they join Reception. The weekly entitlement is 15 hours and one session (morning or afternoon) can be used each day during term time.

Fosse Bank is open 50 weeks of the year and runs a successful holiday club for Fosse pupils and their friends and family. Age appropriate activities are organised and include Forest School sessions, swimming, cookery school and plenty of time outside! The holiday club runs from 7.30am - 6.00pm and includes a hot meal.

'... as soon as you step through the door it feels like a safe, nurturing environment and you immediately feel at ease and at home'. (a parent)

Whilst we work hard at Fosse Bank, we definitely have fun too! Pudsey Bear treasure hunts, Halloween trails, World Book Day and many many more opportunities arise for the pupils (and staff!) to have a bit of fun with their friends.

Our aim isĀ for all children to be happy and have a high level of self-esteem.

Ordinarily we would advise that the best way to find out more about us, is to come and visit but this is just not possible right now. Taster days are on offer from a virtual perspective and prospective children are welcome to join us online for the day and experience virtual maths and English over video conferencing and have an opportunity to meet the class teacher and the pupils. If you would like to know more we can arrange a video conference with staff over Zoom an answer any questions you might have. Alternatively you can email our Headteacher via headteacher@fossebankschool.co.uk or our Business Manager via sbm@fossebankschool.co.uk who will be happy to help you.

Our beautiful roses around the conservatory

Please do take the time to visit the rest of our website where you will find further information with regard to fees, pages for each class, past newsletters and much more. Do also find us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

'Thank you Fosse Bank! I always knew you were excellent and this moment of crisis proves it yet again'. (a parent)