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Intent

What we want to do...

 

As a Church school, our CORE PURPOSE is one of PROFOUND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT' and 'striving for life in all its fullness (John 10:10).

During your child's journey here at St. Peter's, we will work 'Together in Achievement' to discover not only who they are, but more importantly, who they can become.... Now and in the future.

 

Everything we do here is 'For children... for all'. We will, with your support and backing, actively encourage participation through the many opportunities we provide in and out of school. Ultimately, for your child to discover who they can become, shaped through participation, showing effort, determination, resilience and a 'take care' attitude towards new and exciting learning opportunities.

 

St. Peter's is simply a 'Take Care' school where we can take care of ourselves, each other, the world around us and with our work. Every child learning, achieving and enjoying in a culture of opportunity and ambition within a climate of participation. 

Using what we believe to drive what we do...

Guiding Principles

 

St. Peter’s is a ‘Take Care School’ where we take care of ourselves, each other, the world and with our work.

  • We provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider world
  • We put a high emphasis on developing children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding and preparing them for life in Modern Britain
  • We strive for ‘life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10) by offering a culture of opportunity and ambition. Enrichment activities, school clubs, trips and residential experiences are key to this
  • We value children’s achievements in and outside school on our school newsletter and during Achievement Assembly in our Pride Line

 

Maximising children’s learning and growing

  • We have an excellence model that ensures we provide an exciting, balanced and broad curriculum that takes children Beyond Expectation
  • We identify what our children need and we provide them with the foundations needed for their personal, social, physical, moral, creative and academic development
  • We plan ways to enhance and enable learning and growing to be real, meaningful and interesting for all our children. Hooking children in with engaging starts, developing their skills and knowledge and allowing them time to innovate and express in a range of creative projects
  • We offer opportunities that enrich and inspire our children whatever their interests or talents. Music, creative arts and sporting excellence has a high profile at St. Peter’s. Our extensive range of musical and drama performances alongside high sporting achievement is recognised year on year by various stakeholders
  • We promote physical health and well-being by providing a range of clubs that give our children many opportunities to participate for fun, sociability or to excel

 

For children – for all

  • We provide a highly inclusive environment where we want ALL learners to enjoy and achieve in their education and to make progress in all areas of learning (in and out of school)
  • We will challenge children through appropriate extension activities and self-discovery and support children to embed skills, develop at their own pace and learn in a style that best suits their individual needs

 

Working hard to be the best we can be

  • We will help all children to Aspire to their full potential. We like to say, be the best you can be, not the best in the world but the best version of you
  • We will raise aspirations by the message of Work Hard and allow them to Be Proud of all their achievements
  • We engender a sense of Integrity. We value our children’s efforts to do the right thing even when no one is looking in Achievement Assembly, sending home Integrity postcards to parents and presenting an Integrity cup

 

Together in Achievement

  • We will work with all members of our school community, children, parents, governors, the church and the wider community to ensure all children feel safe, happy, inspired, supported and challenged
  • We will work with all stakeholders to provide an ‘Active’ Curriculum that is carefully design to ensure the coverage, progression and skills that meets the needs of our children
  • We will work with our families to help children understand who they are and more importantly, who they can become as they learn and grow

To make this simple...

 

 

TAKE CARE

 

We will provide a programme of study that helps children learn how to take care of themselves, each other, the world and with their work.

We encourage children to contribute to school life, the local community and the wider world and help them to understand how to do this safely.

 

 

ASPIRE

 

We will plan an engaging, inclusive curriculum that enable all children, whatever their interests and talents, to aspire to be the best they can be and acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to be healthy, lifelong learners.

LEARNING AND GROWING (INTEGRITY)

We will provide learning experiences that enhance children’s life skills and enable them to become the responsible citizens of tomorrow. Supporting their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, we want them to grow into responsible, respectful, resilient individuals who understand integrity means doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

OPPORTUNITY, AMBITION & PARTICIPATION

We will offer opportunities to engage children in their own learning, within and beyond the classroom, through a programme of day trips, residential experiences, engaging hooks and external providers.

We will plan a wide range of activities that inspire and include all children and offer them a chance to persevere, experiment, problem solve and succeed.

Implementation

How we do this...

 

 

Using our BEYOND EXPECTATION EXCELLENCE MODEL we plan for our children to be the best that they can be.

BE - what have our children BEcome because of what we do?
ENRICH - how do we go beyond what is expected?
ENHANCE - how do we do it for the benefit of our children?
PROVIDE - how do we IDentify what our children need?

 

Teachers plan using Cornerstones Maestro topics. These work to a two year cycle in KS2 and KS1; in EYFS a one year topic is followed in F1 and F2. Varied and engaging topics are planned across the years and have a main curriculum subject area that drives the topic. This enables children to develop a deeper understanding and real interest in this specific area and make links to other areas of the curriculum. Throughout the projects there are many opportunities to engage, develop, innovate and express their knowledge and ideas and apply other areas of the curriculum, including reading, writing and maths in a meaningful way.

 

Fundamental British Values and SMSC Values are embedded in our 'Take Care' ethos and is reflected in the projects that are taught.


PSHE including RSE and SMSC, Science and PE is taught each week. English, reading and Maths are taught daily. 

So what do we teach and when...

What children think about our school. Quotes: January 2020

Mrs Allison Gibbens, Deputy Head Teacher is our Curriculum Leader.

Christian Distinctiveness

Within the context of Christian belief and practice, St Peter’s has developed a set of core (hand) values otherwise known as our ‘Take Care’ values which will continue to underpin all the work we do. In our firm opinion, they help to deepen your child’s (personal to them) positive principles and in doing so, help them consider the implications of their choices in relation to themselves, the communities from which they are part of and the wider world. As we join together in our school prayer: Oh Lord, bless our school, help us to ‘Take Care’ of ourselves, each other, the world and with our work. Amen. As we ask everyone to consider, ‘What does this mean to me?’ In turn, helping them to understand who they are but more importantly who they can become as they learn and grow.


In line with the Church of England's role as the established Church, our vision is for the common good of the whole community.

Educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills: enabling discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.

Educating for hope and aspiration: enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.

Educating for community and living well together: a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.

Educating for dignity and respect: the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth.

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