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Values and Ethos

‘Christian Values and Relationships’

Christian values and relationships are at the heart of everything we do. The values of the Christian faith form the basis of how we treat each other and how we invest heavily in all our relationships. We have respect for all, regardless of religious denominations, faith or no faith at all. Children are encouraged to respect the religious and cultural backgrounds of all people, noticing similarities between people and celebrating differences.

We have a vast range of extended school activities including breakfast clubs, after school activities and residential visits. We have strong links with our churches and are actively developing these partnerships to serve the local communities. The high ethnic diversity in our schools helps us to learn how to build and better understand cross cultural relationships within our school family.  This has aided our partnerships in Jamaica where we have well established global partnership links with schools in Jamaica.

Down Through The Roof is the first of our 'Mission Statement' stories.  These are stories form the Bible that link to our mission statement and underpin all our learning.

 

Click on the picutes to read the stories.

 

‘Living and Learning Together’

Our 4 house teams create friendly competition, promotes good work and behavior, encourages teamwork, provides opportunities to take on responsibilities and brings everyone in the school together.

We are currently involved in radical curriculum innovation to make our children’s learning as broad, exciting and appealing as possible which in turn achieves high standards in every aspect of their learning. Our aim is for children to be inspired in all areas of school life and to become independent learners equipped for the future.

Celebrating every child’s achievement is part of daily life in school. We enjoy sharing the children’s successes both in and out of the classroom. We have regular celebration assemblies and invite friends and family to join us. Educational visits, outdoor learning and residential visits are carefully planned which are a key part of teaching and learning in school.

 ‘Self-Belief, Mutual Respect and Belonging’

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the way in which we teach our children fundamental life skills. We believe it is important to teach the ‘whole child’ and not just focus on academic learning. SEL gives children the skills to develop self-belief, mutual respect and belonging within our community.

We cannot ‘teach’ these skills as a one-off. There is a need to revisit and develop the concepts, understanding and skills over time, building on what has been learned previously. We give children regular, planned opportunities to refer to and make appropriate use of Social and Emotional Learning across the curriculum, and in the choices they make about their behaviour and attendance – only then can we honestly say we have equipped our pupils with the skills they need to realise their potential.

‘Happy and Successful Life-long Learning’

We have high expectations of behavior and attitudes to learning and are working hard with the children so that they can independently make the right choices which will develop a culture of mutual respect between children, staff, parents and the community. We believe that a strong partnership between children, parents, staff and directors is vital if the children are to be happy and successful life-long learners. The world is rapidly changing and we need to prepare our children to succeed in all areas of life. We are committed to meeting every need of each pupil. We provide all the children with the experiences that will encourage participation, enjoyment, physical development, social skills and an independent interest in health and fitness.