Vision & Values
Our Vision Statement - Laughter and Learning
Our school is a caring Christian school in which children are inspired to work towards excellence with enthusiasm, confidence and enjoyment. We know that children learn best when they are relaxed and enjoying all aspects of school life.
Let your light shine.
Our Curriculum Drivers
Our curriculum is driven by the following areas of intent, specific to the requirements of our school and its context.
We want all children, including those with barriers to learning, to maximise their potential and have fun whilst doing it. We have high aspirations for our children, working in collaboration with parents and carers. Our curriculum is broad and balanced, carefully mapped across our mixed age classes to support clear progression and ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum. We are pro-active in seeking professional development for teaching staff, contributing to a sustained level of inspiring teaching. Our dedicated team of governors underpin the continued growth and development of the school.
We aim to produce self-motivated, lifelong learners. Children are involved in their learning and opportunities are given for children to pursue their own enquiry. They are involved in decision making about the school, through school council, collective worship group and other roles of responsibility. We promote a growth mindset, encouraging children to try their best, take a risk and learn from their mistakes. We know that confidence and self-esteem underpin achievement and attainment.
We equip children with the characteristics of effective learning so that they are prepared for post-Primary learning and confident in their own abilities. At our small school, every member plays an important role. Children are expected to act as role models for younger children, and take on supportive and encouraging roles for others. All children are allocated a 'reading buddy' in Term 1 and are expected to meet regularly with their younger buddy to share books and conversations. Children have the opportunity to take on other roles of responsibility through participation in school council, prefect roles, animal care duties or running lunchtime clubs and activities for others.
We make the most of the beautiful setting of our school and links with the home lives of our rural families. We know that children learn through the discovery and wonder provided by the outside world. Children regularly access quality outdoor provision and play. All children visit forest school on a weekly basis.
Equality and Diversity:
We acknowledge our responsibility for teaching our children about life beyond rural Derbyshire and helping to prepare them for life in modern Britain. We promote these values within a warm and friendly environment for learning and within the context of Christian belief and practice. We teach our children to respect and advocate for others with the understanding that we are all different, but all equal.
You shall love your neighbour as yourself.
Our School Values
Thank you to Kitty, aged 11, for this beautiful illustration of our school values.
We are developing a whole school approach to teaching our school values, working with our Collective Worship group of children from EYFS-Y6.