Our School’s Values and Ethos

We are often asked how our school is different from other local primary schools. We have put together a list of features that make us clearly distinctive from other schools, plus a list of attributes that we believe we are particularly strong in. What follows is a summary only; you can read about each of these features in greater detail throughout our website.

How we differ from other local primary schools:

  • Wherever possible, we use a topic-based and ‘learning through doing’ approach to educate, based on the latest understanding of child development through project-based learning. The topic-based approach to delivering curriculum works well in a classroom of mixed developmental abilities.
  • We have excellent pupil teacher ratios – which allows for more one to one help when needed, enables teachers to accommodate different leaning styles and means every child has a voice and will participate in discussions.
  • Different Early Years (EY) approach: A play-based, child-led learning environment is encouraged – particularly in KS1 – that allows learning through a variety of ways, laying a firm foundation for lifelong learning.
  • We offer flexi-schooling on Mondays and/or Fridays: to accommodate those families who for various reasons wish to partially home-educate their children, and to help make our school an option for those families living further outside the catchment area.
  • The school is located in an exceptionally beautiful, very rural location: An ideal location to take advantage of the outdoor classroom and is considered the “2nd most remote school in England” according to John Lewis Stempel in The Wild Life.
  • Our children do not wear school uniform – this encourages self expression and independence. It allows our children to be individuals and goes along beautifully with our ethos of preserving childhood for as long as possible.
  • We can offer unique, exciting and educational school trips – recent ones include visiting Ledbury Archery Club and Broadmeadow Flying Club!


Features that we are particularly strong in:

  • Family atmosphere as a result of smaller class sizes and total school size kept small (max capacity 70).
  • Our ethos benefits ‘gap kids’ and children who learn in a more tactile way (e.g. gifted, SEN or just not engaging well in other schools for various reasons).
  • Mixed-age classes where children can learn from each other and progress at their own pace without stigma of ‘being left behind’ by others in their year group.
  • Strong parent and community support through active steering committees, PTA, Friends of Michaelchurch Escley Primary School (FOMEPS) and a dozen or more community volunteers.