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Our school values and intent

  • Caring for each other
  • Honesty, trust and happiness
  • Everyone is special
  • Self-discipline and independence
  • High expectations of achievements for everyone
  • Developing an understanding of and respect for a wide range of religious values, languages and cultural traditions and different ways of life
  • Encouraging positive parental and community involvement
  • Developing a curriculum that is rich, creative, broad and balanced

These values underpin the ethos of our school and can be seen in the way we behave around school; how we behave towards each other and can also be seen in the curriculum itself. They are underpinned by the British Values as set out by the DfE; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. The following values are also integral to our school’s ethos:

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

We ensure that all of our children throughout their time at Grundisburgh are given opportunities to learn about Britain; its history, geography and the values that underpin it. Our recent whole school History Project focused on British inventors, like Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and their impact on our way of life. We celebrate traditions and customs in the course of the year – Harvest at our local chapel for instance.

As part of our R.E. curriculum, we teach the children about a range of other religions, including Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism and about the cultural and religious practices believers have. We also have strong links with our local church with members of the local church leading assemblies and telling stories from the bible – carols are sung in church and the local church is used as a place for learning throughout the school year.

Our whole school creative projects are another way for the school to develop a strong understanding amongst our pupils of the diversity of the wider community: Our Chinese New Year Project and our up-and-coming Music Week all celebrate the rich and diverse cultures that make up our country.                                         

                                                                          
   

Democracy

Our children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Grundisburgh School.

Our School Council, Eco-Council and Fair Trade Council offer opportunities for pupils to understand the importance of listening to the views of others and developing a tolerance for opposing views. All pupils on these councils are elected by their peers; we ensure that regular elections are held so that as many children as possible can argue why they should be on a particular council in order to persuade their peers to vote for them.

We strive to ensure that all pupils are listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. A key part of our curriculum is the development of pupils’ sense of ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated throughout the school day by our pupils.         

                                
Rules and Laws

All pupils are reminded of the school rules. However, they are also involved in devising their own class rules each year so that everyone is able to learn, make at least good progress and feel happy and safe in class.

School rules are often referred to in assemblies and classrooms and the reasons for them are routinely explained and reinforced.

Our children find out about the rule of law outside school through visits from emergency services as part of PSHE lessons.

Individual Liberty

A core element of our school ethos is the recognition of individual needs and the right to be different. All pupils are recognised as individuals and we endeavour to develop and celebrate every child’s strengths, interests and right to develop and progress in their own way. We aim for all children to feel that they are ‘known’ and ‘understood’ by all members of the school community and that they will be respected for what they ‘bring’ to our school. At the same time, we expect everyone to recognise and respect individual differences and to see them positively.

Our children are given many opportunities to make choices in their learning and about what they wish to develop about themselves: This can be seen in the diverse range of clubs and extra-curricular activities offered to the children; so that we offer sports clubs but also others, like chess, story time, knitting, board games etc.

Celebration

We celebrate individual successes through our 'Golden Book.' During Celebration Assemblies, children from each class are called up because they have been entered into the Golden Book for doing something special that week.

Children also receive individual rewards through the medium of stars. Every 20 stars, children receive a 'Merit Slip.' When they have reached 100 stars they receive a Headteacher's Certificate and £5 book voucher.

 

At Grundisburgh Primary School we will ensure that your children are happy, stimulated and challenged so that they can make progress across the curriculum and achieve the highest standards possible. Your children will be taught by teachers with high expectations who will plan a curriculum that is interesting, relevant, extends your children’s understanding of the subject and ensures high quality work and outcomes. 

As your children progress through the school they will develop high expectations of themselves in terms of their learning and behaviour; they will be encouraged to be independent learners who can also work cooperatively with others. They will develop support skills and nurturing skills towards their peers and younger pupils and also organisational skills to support their learning.

As part of this Statement of Intent we have outlined below examples of how the school will enrich the curriculum in order to give all pupils the opportunity to excel and to ensure that they are stimulated by their learning and motivated to learn more.

 
  


During the seven years at Grundisburgh Primary School each child can expect to experience the following:

 

  • Regular opportunities to share his/her achievements in assemblies and other whole school events
  • Regular opportunities to contribute towards his/her learning and be involved in decision-making that effects the whole school either through School Council, Eco-Council or Fair Trade Council, and through regular pupil perception surveys etc.
  • Opportunities to represent the school through sporting events and musical/dramatic performances
  • A wide range of clubs and extra-curricular activities both after school and 
    during lunchtimes
  • The opportunity to play a musical instrument
  • The opportunity to join a choir – KS1&2
  • The opportunity to join an orchestra – KS2
  • Regular opportunities to work with the local community e.g. St Mary’s Church
  • The opportunity to be a peer mentor, where older pupils might support younger pupils in their reading or writing
  • The opportunity to undertake cycling proficiency
  • Opportunities to perform in plays and other dramatic and musical performances and the support for those who find that challenging
  • On-going opportunities to learn through practical, hands-on, investigative activities - growing fruit and vegetables, cooking, looking after the school chickens etc.


Visits and Visitors

During the seven years at Grundisburgh Primary School each child can expect to experience the following visits and visitors to the school:

  • The opportunity to work alongside a professional writer or storyteller each year – KS 1 & 2
  • The opportunity to work with a professional artist in residence on more than one occasion during their primary schooling – KS 1 & 2
  • A residential visit – Year 6
  • Visits that are sometimes linked to topics – at least one visit per term – KS 1 & 2
  • The opportunity to play in local sports tournaments across the year – Years 5&6
  • Regular opportunities to perform in a theatre or concert hall – KS2
  • Regular opportunities to work alongside parents on a day-to-day basis and during practical whole school projects
  • The opportunity to hear from past pupils who have excelled and can share their achievements