“Achieving and growing, together in friendship.”
It is our mission to achieve the very best for every child, by working together to provide a caring environment, that encourages and nurtures, with an enriched education for all.
We wish to promote these core values through all we do in school:
- A love of learning – we want to start pupils off on their lifelong journey of learning, developing key skills, knowledge and understanding along the way. Pupils will have the opportunity to develop interest, enjoyment and curiosity, to explore, discover, question and research; they will be taught key skills in communication and mathematics and be expected and encouraged to apply these across a broad and balanced curriculum that fosters a love of learning.
- We work hard to provide a rich range of learning experiences in a meaningful context. The curriculum provides opportunities for the pupils to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally and reflects the core British values. We collaborate with all our partners and agencies, including the local community and support services for the benefit of all our children. In striving for excellence and enjoyment, pupils are encouraged and expected to aim high and develop resilience and determination to tackle new learning and challenges, in a supportive and stimulating environment. They will have the chance to work collaboratively and cooperatively, as well as developing their self-confidence and independence.
- Friendship – children will develop their skills of cooperation, friendship and trust. We value a caring, helpful approach, with good manners and inclusive practices. Children are given opportunities to learn and play collaboratively, to support and encourage one another and learn to navigate feelings and emotions, whilst being supported to grow and mature. They are expected to show consideration for others and to value each other’s contributions, ideas and thoughts.
- Respect – we have a positive, nurturing ethos where each child is valued and respected as an individual. We also develop respect for one another and for the society on which the children live, locally, nationally and internationally. Children are expected to respect each other’s views, wishes and feelings; to care for their own, others’ and school property and belongings and to show care and consideration. Our Rights Respecting School system underpins this, and we view our school as a strong community, in which each child belongs to a family as well as to the school as a whole.
- Responsibility – we encourage children to develop their independence and to take on responsibility for their actions – both what they say and do. We encourage all children to make an active contribute towards school life. Pupil voice is strong at North Park and pupils take on key roles during their time in school; pupils take these responsibilities seriously as they represent school at events, youth forums, on school council, as buddies and as monitors. Taking responsibility for looking after the community and world in which they live is also encouraged and children are regularly involved in local and national events within the wider community. Partnerships are encouraged and promoted to the benefit of all pupils.
- Equality – The school is committed to ensuring we celebrate difference and promote equality in all we do. Our school welcomes everyone from all walks of life. Everyone must welcome and celebrate all others in school. Everyone is treated equally regardless of their:
- Gender or gender identity
- Race or nationality
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Equal opportunities underpin the work done within both the explicit and implicit curriculum. Pupils are regularly taught about the diverse society we live in and our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural guidance prepares the pupils to be effective citizens in life. We hold Investors in Children Award and the Rights Respecting School Award, both of which underpin the work we do in school; this is reflected in all policies. We are an Educate and Celebrate (LBGT) Good Practice School, and hold awards in Anti-Bullying, Healthy Schools and Fair Trade. We are also working towards the Inclusion Quality Mark.
Through promoting these core principles we aim to:
- Help pupils achieve their best and reach their potential
- Ensure children develop their personal qualities and skills, and a positive sense of self
- Ensure children grow in independence and confidence
- Promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- Develop a sense of community, within school, within the local area, and on a national and international scale
Our curriculum section also details how we promote British Values at North Park Primary School.