Aims and Values
The Staff and Governors aim to provide the children with a secure, stable warm environment with a family atmosphere in which they are happy, enthusiastic, enjoy learning and as a result develop confidence, tolerance and maturity.
The mixed age range in this situation is a great advantage. The older children develop a sense of responsibility for those younger than themselves whilst the younger ones respond well to help from their elders.
The pupils of Riston C. E. Primary School are entitled to an education that enables them to achieve the highest standards. Central to this is the sense of worth and value placed upon each pupil. The school encourages pupils to develop positive attitudes and beliefs; to achieve to their full potential and help them to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to lead a fulfilling life today and in the future.
The vision is supported and fulfilled by parents, pupils, staff and governors working together to help all pupils.
Pupils are encouraged to aim high by:-
- valuing themselves and others so that they can make the best progress in all areas of their lives and being given opportunities to develop self confidence;
- developing lively, enquiring, imaginative and creative minds with the ability to question, argue rationally, solve problems and developing and using the key skills of communication, literacy, numeracy and information technology;
- developing personal health and fitness;
- working independently and co-operatively and applying themselves effectively to a diverse range of tasks and activities;
- having the confidence to reach beyond what they already know; and
- recalling and applying current knowledge and skills to develop their understanding of new ideas and concepts.
Pupils are helped to acquire positive attitudes and beliefs by;-
- being supported to develop spiritual values and reasoned personal and moral values whilst being encouraged to develop personal relationships, based on trust, self-esteem and mutual respect;
- considering the diverse nature of society and being given opportunities to develop their understanding and respect for those with different religions, abilities, beliefs and ways of life;
- being given opportunities to make personal decisions and take responsibility for their own actions and encouraged to act independently and show initiative;
- being given opportunities to collaborate as members of teams on common tasks and goals; and
- being given the opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the widest range of human achievements and aspirations.
Pupils are helped to prepare for the future by;-
- developing the capability to respond flexibly to the rapidly changing needs of life;
- being given opportunities to develop an awareness of adult life and the world of work;
- being supported to make informed, reasoned choices;
- developing the facility to become active and responsible citizens in a democratic
- being given opportunities to understand the diversity of the world;
- being encouraged to develop respect and responsibility for the environment; and
- being encouraged to develop interests and skills that will enable them to enjoy and make the best use of leisure time.
All our pupils have equal entitlement to a planned curriculum that:-
- has sufficient breadth and is carefully balanced to enable individual development for life's experiences, opportunities and responsibilities;
- enables every pupil to expand their capabilities as an effective learner and is well matched to individual needs;
- ensures the most effective progression and continuity within and between Key Stages;
- is regularly monitored, evaluated, reviewed, revised to provide the best teaching; and
- learning experiences and can respond to the changing needs of the individual, the local community and national priorities.
All our pupils have equal entitlement to teaching, learning and support to achieve high standards through;-
- teaching and learning opportunities that raise pupils' expectations and challenge them to aspire to their highest levels of achievement;
- effective teaching, well matched to individual needs, that allows each pupil to make the best progress;
- providing an environment that values, stimulates and supports teaching and learning; and
- effective support and guidance with active participation and decision making in self-assessment, target setting and action planning.
All our pupils have equal entitlement to a partnership approach to ensure;-
- support and guidance that enable all pupils to feel safe and valued;
- promotion of an active home / school partnership to support the best interests of the pupil; and
- the promotion of effective links with the wider community to enrich the educational experiences for all pupils.