We aim for everyone to:
- Feel safe, valued and listened to within a caring community which develops confidence and self worth to make the right decisions.
- Develop lively and enquiring minds, by encouraging each child to persevere, take responsibility for learning and set themselves new targets.
- Live in a community which respects the beliefs and opinions of others, celebrating differences and showing concern and consideration for others.
- Be involved in their child’s learning, providing support for the whole family, instilling an enthusiasm to learn new things.
- Be guided and encouraged by clear expectations, making sure staff are always reflectively moving forward towards a shared vision on order to achieve excellence.
Finlay Community School is located within the Barton & Tredworth area, on the outskirts of Gloucester city. The school is supported by the Learning Community Partnership led by the University of Gloucestershire and supported by the Red Wedge (a number of churches in the local Diocese).
Finlay is a one form entry school, situated in a residential area. We are a mixed foundation school of non-denominational religion, which caters for children aged 4 to 11 years. There are currently 230 children on roll. The school reflects the local community in that we have children from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds.
Our facilities include an ICT suite, a Library, Art room & family room – as well as the individual classroom space. Outside we have a learning garden, outside stages, fields and playgrounds including a variety of play equipment. Attached to our site is also a Children’s Centre with whom we work in close partnership with (especially on transition into Reception class). Additionally we have the Finlay Hub which is a community centre we run and use to support a number of courses and services in order to support the local community.
In January 2009 we re-opened as a new school and for part of this process a new school logo was designed by pupil Alyx Biggs, following a school competition. The school uniform colour was changed from navy blue to purple following a survey and vote by the pupils carried out by the school council.