Aims and Values

This document brings together key elements from the Mousehold Infant and Nursery School School Improvement and Development Plan. The governing body’s Curriculum Policy Statement further exemplifies this vision and should be read in conjunction with it.

Vision Statement

Working collaboratively, we aim to create a welcoming, safe, caring and stimulating school environment for learning, where relationships are based upon mutual support, respect and trust and everyone feels valued. The school’s behaviour policy applies to everyone within the school community, and emphasises the value we place upon good behaviour and discipline, and their fundamental importance in securing effective learning and high standards of achievement.

Within this co-operative community staff, pupils and governors have high expectations of themselves and each other, and seek continuously to improve teaching and learning across the school, to enable each child to reach the highest levels of achievement of which they are capable in all aspects of learning. We value the process of continuous reflection upon the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning and regard the school as a learning community in which children, staff, governors and parents are encouraged and supported to learn together and from each other. The school’s Teaching and Learning Policy is available online.

We aim to ensure equality of opportunity and regard for all our pupils through the encouragement of positive self-esteem and self confidence, and the provision of an appropriate, active and differentiated curriculum.

Pupils and staff are encouraged to think for themselves and become increasingly independent and responsible for their own learning.

The continuous professional development of staff is regarded as being fundamental to their ongoing learning and school improvement generally. Staff are encouraged and supported to reflect upon and refine their teaching and the children’s learning through a range of strategies including:

  • attending appropriate and relevant InSET;
  • regular sharing and discussion of effective practice within the school and beyond;
  • constructive feedback on teaching and learning;
  • the school’s performance management procedures;
  • engagement in school based research;
  • sharing and analysing school results and pupil achievements over time.

We value and encourage active involvement with the school’s local and wider community, welcoming visitors, parents and people from the locality into our school, as well as extending the school’s links and networks within the community and beyond.

School Values

Each year we revisit our school’s values, vision statement and aims to ensure they still reflect the fundamental beliefs and values that underpin the school’s ethos and educational philosophy, and so guide effectively the direction, focus and nature of school improvement and development.

We Value:

  • Our school as a learning community in which all children and adults are continuously engaged in developing and extending their own learning;
  • Each individual within this school community, with positive relationships across the school based upon mutual support, respect and trust;
  • Everybody’s right to learn and teach in a welcoming, safe, caring, well organised and stimulating school environment;
  • The involvement of children, staff, governors, parents and carers in the decision-making processes of the school;
  • High quality teaching and learning, to enable everyone to reach the highest levels of achievement of which they are capable in all aspects of their learning;
  • Create enjoyable and worthwhile experiences for the children, which foster their delight in learning;
  • Equality of opportunity and regard for all, through the nurturing of positive self-esteem;
  • Determination and perseverance, developing these through encouragement, constructive feedback and appropriate target setting;
  • Independent learning, and aim to empower individuals to think for themselves and pursue and develop their learning interests within a structured and stimulating environment which encourages curiosity and persistence;
  • The learning process for its own sake and encourage intrinsic motivation, so that individuals can take responsibility for, and control of their own learning throughout their lives;
  • Encourage interaction and involvement with the school’s local and wider community;
  • A school environment which:
    • Is visually rich;
    • Reinforces and extends the children’s learning;
    • Values and celebrates their achievements;
    • Promotes care and responsibility for its maintenance.

School Aims

Our broad aim is to create a safe, caring and stimulating environment in which every child has the opportunity to reach the highest levels of achievement of which they are capable in all aspects of learning.

As a School We Aim to:

  • Create a welcoming and co-operative school community in which relationships are based upon mutual support, respect and trust and where everyone feels valued;
  • Foster the positive social and emotional development of each child to enable them to grow personally as well as intellectually, and to feel valuable members of their community and society;
  • Foster the children’s self esteem and confidence through encouragement and positive feedback, and so becoming increasingly independent as learners;
  • Ensure that each child makes good progress in relation to their attainment on entry to the school;
  • Provide the children with teaching of high quality, and a broad and balanced curriculum including the National Curriculum and the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage;
  • Manage the available resources efficiently and effectively to ensure good value for money and to maximise the children’s learning;
  • Provide a secure and enriching environment where learning can take place with enjoyment;
  • Provide opportunities that encourage the children to work co-operatively together;
  • Provide practical experiences and activities that challenge the children to solve problems, ask questions and persevere as they learn;
  • Develop the children’s awareness and sensitivity towards living things and the world in which we live;
  • Value each child for themselves so that they can develop and extend their own special strengths and interests;
  • Welcome parents and people from the local community into the school and work together to develop an effective partnership between the school and its community.