Vision and Mission
Our Vision Statement (what we aim to achieve):
“Drighlington Primary School is a place where children are safe, happy, enjoy learning, have fun and do their best.”
Our Mission Statement (how we achieve our vision):
“All members of our school community work together, to provide a safe and secure environment. The positive team spirit promotes children’s learning in a stimulating and exciting way. Everyone agree that high standards in teaching and learning are the main focus of the school. The Leadership Team understands the school, has a clear vision and leads by example. The aims of the school are widely agreed, understood and shared by all governors, staff and families. Every child is valued as an individual, praised and rewarded for their achievements.”
One of our greatest strengths is our commitment to nurturing children as individuals. We also put great emphasis on ensuring everyone, including children, understands their role in keeping the school a safe and happy place. We believe that children need to experience a wide range of learning opportunities, have challenge and develop independence and high self-esteem to achieve their full potential. We plan a creative curriculum that gives children time to reflect upon, contribute to and have ownership of content. Children are encouraged to explore learning in a range of ways and to have responsibility for improving their work. We have recently introduced Growth Mindset strategies to our children (see the Growth Mindset page on our website for further details). We often teach children in guided groups, especially for English and Maths lessons, and this ensures that staff can assess learning progress and plan close the gap action where needed. Our children report that they feel safe, happy and that learning is FUN.
Children understand and can talk about our whole school targets which are:
- independent thinking
- creative new ideas
- improve reading
- improve writing
- improve maths
For each of these targets we have introduced a superhero character. We celebrate our whole school progress towards targets in our weekly Superhero assemblies and invite families to attend.
Our Code of Conduct:
We believe that providing a safe and happy environment for children, staff, families and visitors is essential. We work hard to ensure that children have a clear understanding of their roles as learners and members of the school and wider community. We have clear procedures for rewards and sanctions. We regularly communicate achievements with families in a range of ways. Where we are concerned about children's behaviour, both during and beyond the school day, we intervene to ensure that children are supported and on track. We expect everyone to show respect for each other all of the time and this includes all adults. We do not tolerate violent, rude or aggressive behaviour and will take action against any person who does not follow our code of conduct. Where adults behave in an inappropriate manner, the school may seek legal support and consider legal action.
Our logo represents our connections with the local community. The centre of the design, a compass, represents Drighlington crossroads and reflects the nature of children’s development and opportunities. As they leave our school they are bound in different directions to pursue strengths and interests. The chevrons around the logo perimeter indicate the high ground upon which Drighlington sits, affording superb views. The emblems within the logo have specific significance. A bishop’s hat reflects James Margetson who was born in Drighlington in 1600. He became Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland. He founded the original school in 1641, leaving a children’s trust. The circle and the crown represent the opposing forces of the Roundheads and Cavaliers who fought on Drighlington Moor in 1643. William Cavendish of the Cavaliers, defeated Sir Thomas Fairfax who was a Parliamentarian Roundhead. The cross represents Reverend Hammond, who built a Sunday school, vicarage and church in 1878. Children are taught about these local historic characters. We divide the school into four “sports house groups” (Margetson, Cavendish, Fairfax and Hammond) to commemorate the contribution to our community made by these historic people.