Our ethos: The Roche Approach

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The Roche Approach is at the heart of all we do and is intended to develop a culture based on kindness and respect. It informs the day-to-day running of the school, its long-term development, and, most importantly, it guides the way we support the children to fulfil their potential both at school and beyond.

All educational establishments look out for the academic, creative and social development of their pupils. But we believe such progress is more sustainable, more powerful and more secure if it takes place in a culture which values inclusivity, mutual respect and a belief in all children, not just in a minority. Such an atmosphere is more likely to foster the key strengths of confidence, compassion, resilience and intelligence, which are important for the learning experience and of lifelong value to all.

By enabling pupils to flourish in our warm and dynamic community, they are set up for life beyond The Roche. We hope that when they move on to their secondary schools, they do so as happy, confident individuals, capable of leading by example and contributing increasingly to society as they mature.

Gifted and talented 

At The Roche School, we understand that ability and talent are not fixed entities and that through effort, practise and great teaching, pupils become more competent in a given discipline. Our curriculum and setting system is focused on enriching and extending children based on their current ability.

For children who exceed age-related expectations, we offer enrichment opportunities both within and outside the classroom. In class, teachers use problem solving, philosophical enquiry and self-evaluation to deepen children’s learning, and pupils use a ‘question wall’ to challenge their thinking. Outside class, we participate in external competitions such as Maths challenges, Battle of the Books and debating in conjunction with other borough schools.

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Second Hand Uniform Sale Friday 14th October

Upper School Parents Meetings 18th/19th October

Lower School Parents Evenings 11th/12th October

STEM Week – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at The Roche School

The week commencing 3rd October will be STEM Week at The Roche School, based around the theme of Water. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, so the week will involve many exciting experiments, challenges and construction activities. On  Monday 3rd October, STEM Week will be kicked off by a special whole school assembly centred on the theme of ‘Water’, led by a special guest…Science Man. Throughout the day every class will have a workshop looking at the importance of water, uses of water and water experiments. On Tuesday 4th October we will be holding a whole school ‘Times Tables Challenge’, where every child will compete (with differentiated tables) to gain as many points for their house as possible. Good luck! On Thursday 6th October, The STEM team at school will lead an interactive assembly and award prizes won during the weeks’ challenges.