Values and Ethos Statement
Our vision for Whiston J & I School is one of high standards achieved through the creative nature of the curriculum offered. We have a learning culture of high and realistic expectations of everyone, children and adults alike, which goes hand in hand with our Trust 4 C's:
We value active participation from all our children. This is crucial to ensure they can make links between previous and new knowledge and concepts to support them to make meaning and reduce cognitive overload. This style of retrieval practice supports children to develop a growth mindset and understand the power of 'YET.' We encourage 'a productive struggle' within lessons to challenge all learners and enable them to take risks. We also plan lessons to encourage curiosity, creativity, resilience, collaboration, independence and reflectivity as we see children not simply, recipients of knowledge - Children are not seen as vessels to be filled.
Our School Motto: ‘Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly’
We give our children ‘roots to grow’ and ‘wings to fly’ through building strong relationships, immersing them in first hand experiences and embedding their ‘Learning to Learn Skills’ across all areas of school life.
There are many aspects of the educational process that we judge to be our core values, views that we hold with a passion about children’s education.
- High expectations for every child to achieve their full potential, whatever their circumstances, by encouraging them to be curious about the world around them to build the foundations for learning and for success in life;
- An ethos that nurtures, cares and provides a safe and secure learning environment for all children.
- School visits, as they play a vital role in providing children with first hand experiences of the topics being studied;
- The richness and diversity of experiences both within and outside the curriculum offer opportunities for success, independence and well developed self esteem and confidence for all children;
- A high quality learning environment where the display of children’s work is paramount. This develops an ethos of high expectation and helps promote a sense of pride and achievement.
- A school that builds strong partnerships with families and the wider community.
- The promotion and the development of tolerance and respect for others, valuing all regardless of gender, religious belief and ethnicity to ensure that all learners have equality of opportunity.
The school aims to provide quality education for children between four and eleven years of age.
Our aim is to provide high standards of teaching and learning through:
- A rich, broad, balanced and creative curriculum which sustains the engagement of all learners.
- Operating an environment which is safe, healthy, caring and supportive for everyone.
- Encouraging self reliance and pride in all achievements.
- Developing learning skills and a love of learning, including the ability to question, enquire and be independent in their approach to learning.
- Promoting the development of tolerance and respect for others, regardless of race, creed or gender and ensure that all learners have equality of opportunity.