VISION AND VALUES
The vision statement on the home page, together with this values statement here, have been drawn up by the staff and governors of Clanfield C of E Primary School. It underpins our continuing work for the development and growth of the school.
Children are individuals and our provision reflects individual needs. Children are challenged to achieve their full potential, working in cooperation with fellow pupils and staff, regardless of ability. Our Children’s education is nourished using modified support plans and access to a range of support if required. This enables them to thrive in often diverse and surprising ways. Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are exceptionally well cared for and nurtured. Our nurture support, which includes an ELSA and Inclusion Team, strive for equal opportunity. That does not mean ‘the same for all’: provision is based on helping each individual child to flourish in God’s changing world. All children are helped to be the best they can be regardless of social, financial or academic advantage.
Growth and development is at the heart of the Parable of the Sower. The children at Clanfield Church of England Primary School demonstrate this sense of personal accountability and are guided to take responsibility for their own learning. To achieve this, the children are given opportunities to participate in leadership roles across the School.
There are regular times, throughout the year, when the school council, parents, staff or Governors raise the awareness of the hopes of charities to raise money for a particular cause.
We are often commended on how well we listen. Being a listening school, we are here to help everyone, in good times and bad. A school day is fast paced, but we always have time to pause and listen when we are needed.
To encourage progress, there is a relentless focus on effort rather than achievement. Children are encouraged to take risks and they understand that to fail is okay. ‘Assessment for Learning’ is exemplified in our teaching policies and underpins academic, spiritual and personal development. The Sower seeks to nurture and help us grow; our growth mindset seeks to empower. We teach the children the power of YET and children know the difference between a Growth and Fixed Mindset and understand that they need to make mistakes in order to learn.
We recognise that community cohesion means working towards a society in which there is a common vision and sense of belonging by all communities in our area. We have worked hard to establish close links with our community and our strong links with the Church ensure that the School is a celebrated part of the community. Examples of this include recent action planning with the local community on how to promote Terracycling.
By working in partnership with families, we nurture the whole child and provide a basis for a hopeful future for our pupils, to develop into responsible and fulfilled members of Society.
In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus describes how his love is offered freely and without prejudice. Our policies seek to include rather than discriminate and to offer a Church of England education to all. Clanfield Church of England Primary School is predominantly white British and we want our children to understand the range of ethnicities, religious beliefs, individual needs and varied social advantages that exist outside our immediate community.
Regardless of faith, our children are determined to be the best they can be and play their part in the urgent task of ensuring sustainable global development as active global citizens. We achieve this through the lens of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. KS2 classes choose one of the UN sustainable goals and lead work that has an impact.
We have a Behaviour and Relationship policy which puts relationships at the heart of everything we do. We believe that implementing the principles of Restorative Practice helps us focus on building compassionate relationships with one another, taking the time to ensure that every member of our school community feels listened to, valued and respected.
At Clanfield Church of England Primary School we propose a curriculum which encourages children to explore their own spiritual identities in a secure setting while also being aware of and respecting the notion that other people may think differently to them. Our curriculum allows exploration of other cultures and perspectives, raising awareness in children of the issues of: human rights, justice and equality in society.
Our curriculum celebrates difference and champions diversity in all its forms, including: race, religion, gender dis/ability and life choices. Through a better understanding of the issues that impact our own community and communities afar, our children will develop a greater sense of responsibility, the impact of their actions and an awareness of what it is to be a global citizen.
Our curriculum is woven into the teachings of the compulsory National Curriculum. Topics for each term and each class have been carefully chosen and designed to lean towards an ethical issue that is relevant to the children’s lives or wider world. This is achieved through the provision of an ethical curriculum, which focuses on key concepts to get each pupil thinking about what they are learning, why they are learning it, and how they can make an impact and further develop themselves, others and the wider world with their new understanding. Example questions we have planned are: Equal opportunities- pipe dream or possibility? Is it our job to look after the environment? Who is more important, you or me? Topics include From Bean to Bar, Endless forms most beautiful and Blue Planet.
Through ensuring our curriculum focuses on different and diverse communities, we enable opportunities to celebrate equality, diversity and challenge HBT (Homophobic, Biphobic, and Transphobic) bullying.
Our Lean In Girls Circle is a coaching group which aims to motivate our young girls to lean in, actively participate, take up challenges and grow in confidence and resilience. The group undertake activities and discussion to help them grow spiritually, share their aspirations, re-frame situations and study positive female role models. A similar group for our young boys is under development.
Children at Clanfield Church of England Primary School are nurtured, challenged and encouraged to engage with issues that affect our School, community and planet. Children are ready to make a difference; their commitment is deep-rooted.
Our ‘global curriculum’ is broad, balanced and challenging. Children are encouraged to reflect on things that need to improve and are challenged to play their part in effecting change. From improving behaviour at playtime to fighting climate change, children believe they can make a difference. We want our children to have the courage to strive for their dreams; if they come up short, we will provide them with the right nutrients to recognise their emotions, overcome their obstacles and try again.
We instil the idea of courageous advocacy within our pupils, enabling them to develop a greater awareness of the challenges others face in life and the role they play as individual advocates to support causes and make a difference.
We want our children to be kind and have the courage to aim higher and strive to do their best. We want our staff to have the courage to take on challenging projects, actively seek out tasks that stretch their skills and speak up more frequently and truthfully.
Decisions we make will be courageous and will when in doubt we will always reflect on the school vision and whether it sits in line with our thinking.
We hold our pupils' holistic development in the same high regard as their academic attainment and achievements. We value the well-being and personal development of each individual pupil and member of staff and aim to provide a curriculum in which each member of our school family can thrive. There is a strong emphasis on both physical and mental well being for all of the school community. Children are encouraged to take part in a range of sporting activities to understand the importance of healthy eating. Our MHWB lead, regularly checks in with staff and we have an open door, open mind policy.
The vision statement, together with the values statement, have been drawn up by the staff and governors of Clanfield C of E Primary School.