- That the school itself is a happy and welcoming place for children, parents and staff where pupils want to learn and take a pride in their work.
- To ensure that the school environment is a stimulating one for children and staff.
- To help pupils to develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.
- To help pupils to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life, particularly I.C.T. skills, and to ensure employment in a fast changing world.
- To help pupils to use language and number effectively.
- To develop respect, concern, tolerance and empathy for others' spiritual, religious, social, moral and cultural values.
- To develop a child's self esteem.
- To help children become responsible, self confident and self reliant.To encourage them to be polite, respectful, considerate, loyal, trustworthy, self-motivated and self disciplined.
- To raise achievement through improving teaching and learning.
The School seeks to provide a balanced curriculum and develops the work of individual children according to their age, experience and ability. As laid down by the Education Act of 1988 the School follows the National Curriculum in the core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science and in the foundation subjects of Technology, Information Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art and Physical Education. Religious Education is also taught. Personal, Social and Health Education and Multicultural Education are also incorporated into the children's work. All subjects are generally taught as separate bodies of knowledge. Work is currently being undertaken on many of our policy documents but copies of the National Curriculum documents, Borough policy statements and our own School policies are available for inspection on request.
Reading is taught carefully and systematically to all children in order that they develop skills needed for fluency and understanding. We encourage children to take books home and engage in a Home/ School partnership. A book fair is held at least once a year.
A clear and legible style of handwriting is taught and the school aims for accuracy in spelling and punctuation.
Much mathematical work is practical and helps to form sound concepts. Number concepts are regarded as crucial and are used in a variety of ways. The Borough Mathematics Initiative provides continuity and progression from the Infant School.
Under the National Curriculum it will be expected that the average child attains level 4 in the core subjects by the time they leave the Junior School. National testing (SATs) take place when the children reach Year 6 and the results of these tests are made available to the relevant parents.