Gurnard values and ethos
At Gurnard Primary School, children come first and our priority is to deliver high quality teaching and learning whilst at the same time providing rich and truly enjoyable learning experiences for our community of children.
Everything we do as a school is to ensure that the children achieve their very best. We are deeply aware that children only get one chance at their primary education and it is our job to ensure that they all reach for the highest levels of personal achievement and development.
We want every child to be successful; to reach for success from the very first day they join us and throughout their school lives so that when they leave us, they have a love of learning for the rest of their lives.
At Gurnard Primary School:
- We want our children to be happy, enthusiastic and committed learners. We encourage and stimulate the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all our pupils. Our curriculum builds on pupils’ strengths, interests and experiences and develops children’s confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.
- We want to equip our children with essential skills for learning. We place great importance on the skills of literacy, numeracy, technology and problem-solving. We promote skills that help our learners to improve their own learning and performance and that help them to work well with others. We have clear and consistently high expectations of behaviour for learning.
- We want everyone in our school community to be happy and healthy. We place a high priority on developing pupils’ physical skills, self-esteem and emotional well-being. We encourage them to recognise the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle and keeping themselves and others safe. We promote happy, effective relationships that are based on respect for themselves and for others.
- We want to promote our pupils’ sense of identity. We do this through teaching knowledge and understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural heritages of Britain’s diverse society and of the local, national, European and global dimensions of pupils’ lives. We want everyone in our school to understand and appreciate their own and different beliefs and cultures, and how these influence our communities.
- We want our children to be reflective, expressive, independent and appreciative. We provide rich and varied contexts for pupils to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills. Doing so enables our pupils to think creatively and critically, to solve problems and to make a difference for the better. We encourage our pupils to persevere when faced with new and challenging experiences and to take an active role in the decisions made about their learning.
- We want to prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. We actively promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. In particular, we aim to help our pupils recognise the differences between right and wrong and that we have rights but also responsibilities. We expect everyone in our school to display good manners and take pride in themselves, our school and our community. We want everyone in our school to be responsible and caring citizens who make positive contributions to communities.
Our school ethos complements the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty as well as mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.