Ethos

Whitefield Community Primary School Mission Statement:

Our Mission is ‘Growing and Learning Together’.

The whole school community works in harmony towards the best future for everyone. We are a welcoming, caring family, aiming to provide an outstanding education in a safe environment, where everyone is valued for being special”.

Aims of our School

In our school we aim to create an inclusive, happy, stimulating environment, which allows equal opportunities for all, where our children will achieve their potential intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially. We provide a structured approach to learning, following the guidelines set by the National Curriculum yet leaving room for personal development and creativity. Our learning programmes are designed to give our children a rich variety of enjoyable experiences through which their skills,
abilities and attitudes can grow. In the long term our aim is for our children to become well-balanced, thinking adults, able to
face the future confidently and independently. In educating a child we have to look at the whole person. We know that children learn best when they are secure and happy. How a child feels about him/herself is fundamental to their success in learning. Therefore our aims encompass not only intellectual skills like reading, writing and mathematics but life skills like self confidence and initiative, perseverance and cooperation.

 

Ethos and Values

In our view, the importance of good behaviour cannot be over–estimated. The discipline which we seek to develop in children is self-discipline. The school is considered to be a community where every individual has a worthwhile contribution to make and where individual needs, rights and opinions are respected and valued.

Primary education should be stimulating, exciting and challenging. It should present the children with a wide range of learning opportunities based upon first-hand experiences and observation. Children should be encouraged to grow in confidence through social intervention and the development of social skills.

As well as meeting the present and immediate needs of the children, Whitefield Community Primary School is concerned with looking to the future needs of children as developing adults who must live in an increasingly complex, challenging and changing society. The children in our primary schools today will be citizens of Bury in the twenty first century.

The school has close, links with the School Attendance Team and an Officer attends our school on a weekly basis to help in areas of difficulty, particularly concerning school attendance and problems of a domestic nature. The School Nurse attends school regularly and pays home visits when necessary. Other pastoral problems are dealt with in school by the staff.

The responsibilities for school in the area of Child Protection are laid down in the Children’s Act of 1989. Because of their day to day contact with individual children during school terms, teachers and other school staff are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour or failure to develop. All staff at school are aware of the need to alert social care when they believe a child has been abused or is at risk of abuse.

Whitefield Community Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.