MARLBOROUGH PRIMARY SCHOOL ETHOS, VALUES AND AIMS
We believe that a happy child is a successful one therefore emotional wellbeing and mental health is at the heart of our aspirations. Our school is united by everyone’s dedication to maximising pupils’ personal development and wellbeing. All staff understand that emotional health is closely linked to mental health and that as a school we can encourage positive development of mental health in childhood. Consequently, mental health and wellbeing is embedded across the curriculum to allow us to develop mentally healthy and happy children who are ready to take on the challenges they may face in school and beyond.
At Marlborough Primary School we take pride in developing the best possible standards of learning, teaching and assessment by holding the highest expectations and knowing all our children well. We challenge all children to strive for academic, creative, sporting and personal accomplishment within a wide-ranging, engaging, relational and enriched curriculum.
Our children are given time to explore subjects and develop deep understanding. We encourage children to take ownership of and responsibility for their learning, so they have the confidence and curiosity to ask questions, solve problems and reflect and respond to high quality written and verbal developmental feedback. Children are praised for their ability to collaborate, their perseverance and self-belief and positive attitudes towards their learning.
We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school where everyone can achieve success and develop their skills of independence, whatever their background. We promote an ethos of respect and empathy, where diversity is valued and celebrated – both within school and the wider world.
Safeguarding and welfare is crucial and intrinsic in all we do. Children are taught the virtues of respect, friendship, tolerance, honesty and determination. Special care is taken to educate everyone in Marlborough Primary School about the needs of others and how best to meet them. We promote open and honest communication with parents, carers and specialists and actively seek to engage with all members of the Marlborough community in a positive and supportive manner.
As a Rights-Respecting School, we use children’s rights to underpin everything we do and learn. Our pupils explore the rights of every child and how to respect these. Rights are embedded across our curriculum and are linked to our ‘Values’. Pupil Voice enables the children to become well rounded global citizens. Parents and the community are fully included on this journey and are encouraged to use the universal language at home.
In her speech to the United Nations in July 2013, Malala Yousafzai said:
“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world”.
This is a guiding principle at Marlborough Primary School. We believe that if one teacher can change the world, then together as a school we can strive to ensure Marlborough Primary School is a place of growth, learning, development and success “For Every Child’s Bright Future”.
High quality teaching is a key priority at Marlborough Primary School and the relationship between staff and children underpins inspirational, supportive and effective teaching, learning and assessment. Staff are actively involved in identifying their support and professional development needs; this leads to careers with clear progression. We ensure that there is a wide range of quality continued professional development available and that staff are able to learn from each other and share good practice.
It is our aim to ensure:
- Teaching, learning and assessment of the highest standard and quality
- An engaging and enriched curriculum facilitated by a well-resourced learning environment
- A culture of friendship, respect, honesty, tolerance and determination, where children are eager and active as good citizens, look after mankind regardless of difference, as well as the planet which we occupy
- A Rights-Respecting ethos where we strive to provide an environment where curiosity, collaboration, responsibility, reflectiveness, perseverance and self-belief are fostered, embracing challenge and never fearful to learn from our mistakes.
- Instil in children and adults a lifelong love for learning and a strong grounding for future success throughout all stages of learning and life
- Opportunities for a positive and active partnerships with parents, carers, governors and the wider local community which reflects and draws upon the richness and diversity of our community
At Marlborough Primary Scohol we value:
As well as working to achieve our aims, driven by our school values, we instil six learning dispositions which we feel make an effective learner.
Within whole school and phase assemblies, in addition to class discussions, children are engaged in recognising the dispositions that help them succeed in their learning