Ethos and Values
This vision statement has been created together by staff, pupils, governors, parents and members of the local community.
At Lincewood Primary School all staff are committed to creating “The Best Possible Introduction to Education” for all pupils. The whole of our school community are committed to our 'I CARE' values:
Children are taught about these values and their meanings and are rewarded for demonstrating them in their day to day life.
We have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour both in and out of school, and a consistent approach to discipline with a system of rewards and sanctions agreed by all. We promote a positive and caring ethos, ensuring that pupils and staff feel valued, motivated and supported. Happy children learn!
At Lincewood Primary, we foster a growth mindset within our pupils and staff. We believe that mistakes are part of the process and should be viewed positively in order to help us move forward and make progress. Challenges are to be tackled with resilience and perseverance, and by working hard, whatever their individual circumstances or social background, we can succeed.
Pupils learn about different cultures, religions and social groups, and accept and appreciate peoples’ differences. In preparation for becoming good citizens of the future, five social and emotional aspects of learning are nurtured:
- Managing feelings
- Social skills
At Lincewood Primary School, our pupils are taught to be competitive in a positive way and to enjoy life with a sense of humour. They are taught the importance of pursuing interests and having leisure activities outside lesson time, and equipped with strategies to help them cope with life’s inevitable stresses. This is supported through our many extra-curricular activities, which we encourage pupils to participate in.
We use the Thrive approach to prepare children for life’s emotional ups and downs. This approach aims to support children to know how to be, and what to do, with differing and challenging situations. As a result, our children are more self-assured and ready to engage with life and learning.
All pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, which links directly to the National Curriculum and is full of enrichment and wider opportunities to thrive. Within our curriculum, children learn about the importance of physical exercise, healthy diets and the detrimental effects of drugs and other harmful substances on health. Looking after yourself, and preparing for the future is key, and all pupils and staff are supported to develop the relevant ICT skills necessary to manage, access, evaluate, store, utilise and communicate effectively.
In a world which is frequently encountering ecological problems, pupils are also educated about the need to take responsibility for the local and global environment. Our school is nested within a forest and pupils are encouraged to frequently interact our natural surroundings, teaming with wildlife and natural habitats, which we are extremely proud of.
We recognise that improvement is limitless and we will never cease to consider implementing and monitoring new and existing initiatives. There is a continual cycle of whole school self-evaluation within which challenging targets for improvement will be set and reviewed. The professional development of all staff members is of the utmost importance.
Standards of attainment are high and a wide range of teaching strategies are used to facilitate enthusiastic learning. Pupils have a detailed understanding of how to deal with challenges in different contexts and are curious, aspirational, resilient and prepared for real-life situations. They are proud of their differences and empathetic towards others.
We strive to provide an education that develops literate and numerate pupils, who are enthusiastic about learning, who think critically, question everything and solve problems strategically.