We have strong values, developing in every child the skills to be responsible, ambitious, active learners who are great communicators and respectful global citizens. Above all, we want our children to be 'ready for the world'!
We respect each other, ourselves and the world around us. We understand the feelings of others and seek to help by showing compassion and forgiveness. We do not merely tolerate difference and diversity, we actively celebrate the uniqueness of all individuals. We encourage all within our community to learn about and engage with our nation's democratic processes both locally and nationally to help to support, protect and sustain for the future the respect due to every citizen. We promote curiosity and respect as we learn about the diversity of beliefs and social backgrounds that make up modern Britain’s society as well as the global population.
We aim to provide outstanding teaching so that every child learns new things every day and is motivated to attend school. Both teachers and learners inspire each other by offering hope and encouragement and by setting a good example through our own behaviours. We encourage the children to be creative and innovative and to use their special talents to express original ideas and solve problems. We strive to be the very best that we can be. We nurture endurance, resilience and hope by persevering in all things. In our schools, we don't fear making mistakes because we know that this is part of the learning process. We have 'growth mindsets' and believe that anything is possible with hard work and commitment.
We recognise each child as an individual, so that our teaching specifically targets their learning needs, develops their social skills and nurtures their talents. We put thinking and questioning at the heart of our curriculum so that children are encouraged to explore, enquire and extend their learning by talking. We support our children to be active, independent learners and people. We teach them to show courage by never giving up, going for their goals and standing up for what they believe to be right. We foster confidence in their own abilities and encourage them to try new things, as well as being confident in those around them. We teach the children about individuals such as William Wilberforce and Elizabeth Fry who through courage and perseverance have influenced the political and social life of Britain, and those such as Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela who have also powerfully informed our values and culture.
We provide a calm, purposeful environment in which to learn, with a clear focus on rewarding positive behaviour. We encourage the children to take responsibility for their learning and actions. We teach them to be honest and to understand that knowing the difference between right and wrong will be of only partial use if we do not have the courage to speak the truth and do what is right. We teach the children to understand that a person’s understanding of the truth and truthfulness will sometimes be influenced by their religious and cultural experiences. We nurture a coaching culture to support the development of thinking and learning processes.
We focus on literacy so that every child will become an avid reader, a fluent writer and a confident speaker. We want the children to be approachable and willing to listen and to go the extra mile to help and be of service to others. We encourage them to be supportive, warm, friendly and caring and show respect and friendship towards others at all times. We would like the children in our school to be confident to speak their minds and respectful of the many differing views of others. We provide many opportunities to learn new vocabulary and for the children to apply this knowledge in context across different areas of the curriculum.
We believe that excellent teaching and learning, combined with a high quality academic curriculum and the highest levels of support and nurture for all pupils, will ensure the highest standards are met.
We help our pupils build independence, character, resilience, leadership skills and a love of learning. Our culture is focused on promoting excellence; supporting our pupils to achieve academic success and developing aspirational children with bright futures ahead. We encourage our children to develop a lifelong love of learning so they are confident, motivated pupils who are open-minded, positive learners who believe, succeed and achieve.
We have set high standards for everything we do and strongly believe in the importance of the core skills of communication, reading, writing and mathematics.
Our staff share in the belief that all children can achieve success, with the right teaching, guidance and nurturing environment that we promote in our schools. We encourage our pupils to develop that self-belief and we set high expectations for them, because we know that they achieve their best when they are challenged, engaged, and motivated.
More than anything, we want our curriculum to be memorable; we want our children to have memorable experiences and we want them to remember the skills, knowledge and facts that we teach them.
We want to make sure that every child in our school is happy, safe and protected from harm. This means we will always work to protect children from maltreatment and ensure they grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care. It is our legal duty to refer our concerns to other services, if we suspect a child is being harmed in any way.
We have a Safeguarding Policy which sets out our legal responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We will work pro-actively with others, in order to ensure a child's wellbeing.
Our excellent pastoral support system provides access for all children to staff, who are there to listen, challenge, and engage them in their school day. Each child is also part of our house system, where they can feel part of a team. This instils a strong sense of belonging and community.