Vision, Mission, Values
Success Through Wellbeing
Our aim as a school community is to enable every pupil to achieve their very best. This may look very different from one child /young person to another, and it is important that we recognise individual ‘success’ through a great diversity of achievements, including social communication, physical development, independence and academic progress. Our belief is that for this to be realised, we need to recognise the importance of wellbeing. A pupil is not going to be able to learn to deal with the social complexities of a crowded shop if s/he is not exposed to that environment step by step with trusted adults who can read the anxieties that this challenge creates. Physical wellbeing plays a vital role for all our children and young people, not least for a student with physical needs who may need a daily physiotherapy programme to develop or maintain their mobility in order to access learning opportunities. Our most able children and young people will not develop the independence we seek for them without being stretched to the right level just beyond their comfort zone; this is best achieved when we have worked alongside parents/carers and outside agencies to support the home environment and the child’s feelings of safety and security.
The philosophy of our school emphasises the value of individuality in all our pupils. We are committed to giving all our pupils every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. Within this ethos of achievement, we do not tolerate bullying and harassment of any kind. We actively tackle discrimination against those with a disability (disabilism), racial discrimination including discrimination based on religion or belief / non belief, sexual (orientation) harassment and discrimination, gender re-assignment, pregnancy or maternity, breastfeeding discrimination and promote equal opportunities and good relations between and amongst all. We aim to ensure that the school promotes the individuality of all our pupils, irrespective of ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, gender, gender re-assignment, religion, belief / non belief or background. We are committed to ensuring that positive action is taken where necessary to redress the balance of inequality that may exist. Based on this our schools admissions policy is equally open to pupils of all groups.
Within the context of the school we aim to positively transform individual and shared circumstances, perceptions, attitudes and relations. We aim to reflect the diversity of our local community and society and ensure that the education we offer reduces the chances of social divisions and parallel lives by recognising, celebrating and valuing different backgrounds, lifestyles and identities.
We uphold fundamental British values and endeavour to ensure that all children learn these as part of a broad and diverse curriculum. Through our work on preventing radicalisation and extremism (both violent and non-violent) we engage with our school community to enhance community cohesion. Our Safeguarding Policy reflects our commitment to ensuring our school is a safe place for all.