The Village School farm animals play an important role in teaching. Lessons in respect for all living creatures, reliance and responsibility are taught in very real ways. Respect for and commitment to the environment is also encouraged through the wet lands project that is run on the school property. Adults and children address each other on a first name basis as a way of showing mutual respect and reinforcing that everyone is valued as a worthwhile individual. You’ll find our children are more forthright, expressive, honest and well spoken because we do give them a real voice in the Village School community.


Problem solving, creative thinking and initiative are commonly named as the tools for jobs of the future. Village School children are taught to look for answers and solutions rather than be given them. The school gives children time and ready access to computers, the library, telephone, other staff members and any other resources in their pursuit of answers and solutions.


An important aspect of our philosophy is growing responsibilities as the child grows. This includes: becoming more responsible for one’s own learning, becoming more responsible for one’s behaviours and actions. The aim is for children to develop internal discipline. Through this a real sense of self-respect is gained.


Interdependence is striking the right balance of co-operation and independence. It involves people relying on each other to do their individual parts. The whole school performance is just one important event at the Village School that fosters reliability and real community spirit.


Resilience is all about picking oneself up after a negative experience or a mistake and knowing that you can go on. Village School’s discipline statement recognises that mistakes are valuable learning experiences and encourages children to see their own and other’s in this light.

Village School values


A brief history…….

Village School began in the early 80’s on land owned by Penguin Books in Ringwood. The founding principal, Carol Glover wanted to provide a progressive, independent primary school with class sizes small enough to allow meaningful interactions between children and teachers

The aim was to provide a relaxed yet stimulating learning environment that would allow children to develop as confident and competent individuals.

In 1985 the school moved to its present site in Holloway Road, Croydon North and continued to follow these main aims. The larger space allowed for the development of the Village Farm and for the Brushy Creek Wetlands.

The school continues to evolve, while remaining true to its original aims. Over the years we have developed our own traditions and terminology that seem perfectly logical to the old timers, but a trifle confusing to the newer parents.

We hope this booklet will provide some answers to your questions and give a little insight into the nature of our community.


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"We begin with the hypothesis that any subject can be taught effectively in some intellectually honest form to any child at any stage of development. It is a bold hypothesis and an essential one in thinking about the nature of the curriculum. No evidence exists to contradict it; Considerable evidence is being amassed that supports it."

J.S.Bruner "The Process of Education" Harvard U.P. 1960