Our Educational Philosophy
The context of our local community has an important and direct effect on our holistic educational approach, on the way we work, on the design of our school curriculum and how we teach and assess it. This context steers our strategic direction and decision making processes and enables us to focus on the key priorities and needs of our pupils, for their academic, personal and social development, and to shape confident, well-rounded and resilient individuals who contribute positively to society.
Our pupils & parents come from a diverse cultural heritage; the majority of pupils are multilingual and are at different stages of acquiring English as an additional language. Celebrating this cultural heritage and valuing the existing linguistic skills of our pupils is a core component in the development of a positive learning culture. The breadth of diversity informs the choices we make in the content of our school curriculum, how it is taught and how it is assessed, particularly in the teaching of oracy for pupils’ deeper learning and the links to reading and writing.
The building blocks of our curriculum strive to represent our multilingual nature and ensure an early acquisition of knowledge and vocabulary. This is vital for pupils if they are going to progress and apply knowledge and skills successfully through further application, enquiry and questioning.
In addition, preparation for life in modern day Britain, requires the development of knowledge and skills to understand and participate fluently within the British Culture. The teaching of Reading and the exposure to, and experience of, a wide range of literature through which Cultural Literacy can be acquired, is therefore a high priority across the school and has a greater proportion of time given to it in the school timetable.
We promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education that is firmly embedded throughout our curriculum and helps to support the holistic development of all our pupils. We identify ‘British Values’ as: Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect & the inclusion of different faiths and beliefs.
Our school values and mantra are very important to us. They provide the foundations for the way we conduct ourselves and the actions we take in developing as a high performing learning organisation. They embed a fierce drive to cherish identity, celebrate diversity and ensure inclusion and equality for all protected characteristics.
Every pupil deserves the opportunity, support and challenge that we can provide to achieve the very best they can.
Our Mission Statement
At the heart of it all is our quest to inspire learners and prepare them well for the possibilities, opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
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