Yatton Infant School and Yatton Church of England Junior School share a campus that is situated in the heart of Yatton. Most pupils come from Yatton; others travel from nearby hamlets and villages.
Both schools joined the Lighthouse Schools Partnership Multi Academy Trust on 1st April 2018. The Lighthouse Schools Partnership (LSP) is made up of Gordano, Backwell and Chew Valley Academies together with a wide range of Hub Primary Schools – we are in the Backwell Hub. We are excited about the benefits this development will allow, such as further educational continuity from primary to secondary levels, economies of scale for the provision of services and enhanced potential for the sharing of expertise and challenge between schools. We are already seeing some of these benefits from working together over the past months.
The two schools have a strong commitment to work together for the best of all the children throughout the whole primary age range. The schools share both its leadership and a Governing Body whilst respecting and celebrating the individual ethos of each school. The Infant School has links to the Richard Durban Charitable Trust. The Trust, set up in the 18th century to educate ‘the poor of Yatton’, provides two Foundation Governors.
The Junior School is a Church of England School and has its own distinctive Christian character. The Diocese also has two governors on the Board of Governors. The school aims to provide its community with an education of the highest quality within the contexts of Christian Beliefs and Practices. We have close links with St. Mary’s and other churches.
The Yatton Schools’ Mission Statement is:
Together is better; achieving excellence in happy schools.
Our shared goals are:
Be a strong united school for our community
- Have creative, happy, confident children
- Provide stability, consistency and holistic achievement for every child’s journey through the primary years.
And our shared values are:
KINDNESS LOVE PEACEFULNESS COMPASSION
RESPECT GENTLENESS COMMUNITY PATIENCE
FORGIVENESS GENEROSITY TRUTHFULNESS
EQUALITY FRIENDSHIP JUSTICE HAPPINESS
It is our belief that our schools should provide each child with the opportunity to develop his/her talents within a supportive and caring environment. We believe that it right for each child to receive the preparation appropriate to his/her needs and abilities, which will fit him/her for the future stages if education in school and beyond.
The schools are committed to promoting the concept of a multicultural, multi-ethnic society. Governors, staff and parents make it clear that any form of abuse, racial or otherwise, is unacceptable as is any form of prejudice or discrimination. Positive steps are taken to instil these principles. We believe in equal opportunity for all.
Junior School House System
We operate a house system to encourage good behaviour and a co-operative team spirit. All the teachers and children are in one of four houses – Maple (Blue), Oak (Green), Rowan (Red) and Willow (Yellow). Siblings are in the same house. Merit marks are given for achievement in all aspects of school life i.e. work, behaviour and sport and bronze, silver and gold certificates are given. Regular house meetings are held for all members of each house to celebrate the achievements of each child, At the end of the school year, a shield is awarded to the house with the highest number of merit marks.