What makes us special?

Since we cannot know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless trying to teach it in advance. Instead we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned

John Holt – Educational Author

We do not know what the future will look like for our children. Therefore our curriculum aims to prepare our learners for being able to deal with any situation in which they might find themselves. We are committed to ensuring our curriculum is based on real life experiences, is challenging but supportive, based around play and experimentation and rigorously assessed to ensure learners progress and reach their full potential.

As educators, believe that our fundamental job is to help learners flourish in society. In our classes today we have the chefs, artists, accountants, doctors, teachers, scientists, pilots, hairdressers and whatever else of tomorrow. How we as parents and teachers inspire, motivate and develop our young learners will have an untold effect on the future. Learning how to learn is about discovering what you’re capable of and then being confident to “stretch yourself”. Knowing “where”, “how” and “why” is more important than knowing “what”.

We believe that EVERYONE is excellent and clever – as there are many ways to be clever! We strive to “liberate the excellence” in everyone, believing that excellence appears in a variety of ways.

School is not only a place of academic learning, but emotional learning as well. Learning is a social experience. We learn from and with others. It is our responsibility to give learners the opportunity to experience the world first hand and then see it from another’s point of view. We are shaping the community of tomorrow and as such, we need to teach the children to listen to and learn from others’ points of view and show respect for them.

Most importantly, we believe that “life is a marathon where everyone who completes the course, wins – not a race where only the first three count”. Our most important job as parents, teachers and governors is to form relationships so that our learners feel safe to grow, try new things, make mistakes and flourish, without fear of failure.