Headteacher's Welcome, Values and Ethos
Drighlington Primary School is a friendly, inclusive school where the values and ethos of a high level of care for every individual underpin our daily work. We are proud to say that Ofsted rated our school Good and, in particular, recognised the school's focus on safety and well-being.
At these difficult times, whilst the world is caught in an international pandemic, we want families to know that valuing the safety of everyone is paramount to us. We have a new policy, an appendix to our Child Protection procedures, and this can be found on our policies page. We have been partially closed since lock down began, making provision for children within Government guidelines. We look forward to re-opening for all children in September. Systems we have in place will be a little different so that we can maintain a safe environment for everyone.
We look forward to a time when we can return to our normal routines, where the principles of children being safe and happy through nurture are valued and understood by all. Teacher assessment is essential and taken into account when teachers plan lessons so that children are offered the right kind of support at the right time. A strong focus on growth mind-set means that children believe in themselves, know what to do to further improve and have the confidence to reach their full potential and achieve well.
Our curriculum intent, and the rationale for curriculum design, is that we want children to leave our school with the knowledge, transferable skills, resilience and confidence they need to be successful in the next stage of their lives.
There is much to celebrate at our school! When you can, visit us, talk to children and adults, and you will hear their positive values and high expectations. The principles of teamwork are essential to the success of our school and understood by all children and adults. This is a school where people work together to constantly improve and achieve better things. Children know that we aim to ensure everyone is safe and happy, that this underpins our values and that, most importantly, we expect every child to do their best and achieve well. We focus on growth mindset as a strategy to ensure that children develop resilience and the capacity to 'have a go', which is such an important part of school and adult life.
We give every child the very best start to their education through vibrant and engaging teaching, enabling them to become active learners and through an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum. Throughout the school, we want our children to enjoy a wide range of experiences which bring the curriculum to life and make learning fun. We want all children to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning and spark a desire for lifelong learning; early beginnings are fostered as soon as they start school.
We want children to reach at least national levels of attainment in English and maths so that they are empowered to access all aspects of the wider curriculum through transferable skills. At all stages of learning, children are offered activities that develop a full range of concepts and skills appropriate for their age. As they move through school, the work achieved in the early stages is built upon and this ensures progression in learning.
All of our staff work hard to ensure the best possible quality of education for the children in every year group. We also ensure that all children respect others and understand the principles of safeguarding, British Values, Prevent and equalities. Putting children first is at the heart of what we aim to achieve every day of every week. Children love to showcase their school because they are proud to be part of something so positive. If you want to find out more, come along and see for yourself. We would love to meet you.
Sue Jackson, Head Teacher