(Based upon the views of Parents, Governors, Staff, Pupils and Members of our Community)
"To create a dynamic learning environment within an active community where all children feel happy, safe and valued as individuals and achieve their full potential in knowledge, skills and creativity".
Our specific aims are to help children to:
- enjoy learning and to become independent, self-disciplined and self-motivated and to achieve the highest standards of which they are capable;
- develop lively, enquiring, imaginative and creative minds, the confidence to question, and the ability to argue rationally;
- acquire knowledge, skills and training relevant to their own lives and to adult life and employment in a rapidly changing world;
- develop, recognise and value a sense of right and wrong and to understand the society in which they live and recognise their obligations towards it;
- develop a concern for the quality of their immediate environment and an understanding of the world in which they live and work, and the inter-dependence of individuals, groups and nations;
- develop an awareness and appreciation of human achievements and aspirations in our own and other societies;
- develop and act on a personal set of values, beliefs and attitudes and to gain understanding of and respect for religious and moral values and an appreciation and tolerance of other groups, races, religions and ways of life and points of view;
…whatever their age, ability, background, gender or special needs.
Our mission statement / Values:
To create a dynamic learning environment celebrating the uniqueness of individuals, embracing challenge and working together for success.
This is reinforced by our Trawden values:
These are modelled by all staff and promoted and rewarded through positive reinforcement throughout school.
In addition to this, and in line with the DfE’s expectation that schools “promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”, children at Trawden Forest Primary School also experience:
Democracy – each class vote each year for their school council representative. The school council then meets termly with Mrs Lopiccolo to discuss ideas for lesson, activities, resources and charity work. The children also complete an annual questionnaire about their views of the school; class decisions are made through voting, where appropriate; and subject leaders and the leadership team regularly seek the views of pupils about whole school issues.
The Rule of Law – children are all aware of the school rules, they learn, through these, about rights and responsibilities, and understand why rules are in place and that the breaking of rules has consequences. Pupil questionnaires tell us that the vast majority of pupils believe that the school has sensible rules and that teachers do something when these are broken.
Individual Liberty – all our pupils are encouraged to make choices about their learning and we are developing a more investigative and open approach to the curriculum which we hope will embed this further. Through PSHE and RE children also learn about the importance of making sensible choices and the effects choices can have on their lives and the lives of others.
Mutual Respect – this is one of our key school values and is reinforced throughout school by the way children treat each other, within school, and within the wider community.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs – children learn about other faiths regularly through RE and PSHE. As a school we are actively looking for ways to enhance children’s understanding and tolerance of others, such as by inviting visitors of other faiths into school and developing a programme of visits to other places of worship for each year group.