Values and Ethos
‘Removing obstacles and enabling access to learning’
- We provide an aspirational, effective and inspiring school.
- We provide an environment which allows our children to develop academically, socially, physically and emotionally.
- We use our expertise and resources to offer pupils access to as broad a curriculum as relevant to each individual, incorporating aspects of the National Curriculum as appropriate and encouraging active learning
- We promote the school as part of the educational continuum, not apart from it.
Guiding Principle Aims
The school will –
- use the curriculum as a learning process not a content or structure
- lead its own learning for pupils and staff with the focus on ‘learning to learn’ and problem solving
- have the individual as the central focus, not the curriculum
- enable, facilitate and allow pupils time to learn
- adopt a trans-disciplinary, holistic approach with all agencies involved with the child – including parents and carers
- develop ‘interest appropriate’ approaches as well as age appropriate approaches.
- have high expectations of pupils and staff
- provide opportunities for all staff to develop skills and expertise, thereby ensuring a high standard of teaching matched to the needs of pupils
- engage positively with the local community and utilise it as part of the learning experience
- continuously review and evaluate all aspects of the school and set innovative targets for development
- prepare pupils for an adult life with a focus on being able to communicate and be understood, problem solve and cope with new situations.
Each pupil and member of staff will –
- know what is expected
- feel appreciated and valued
- have structure to his/her day - with consistency and continuity as needed
- enjoy success and learn that making mistakes and getting things wrong are positive learning opportunities
- achieve high personal standards
- be supported to communicate their needs