It is our purpose to provide all our children with a first-class education. However, we will also look to educate them both socially and emotionally. We will look to give the children valuable life skills and the necessary tools to be able to overcome the challenges that they will face as they grow older.
We are a restorative school – this means that we proactively support children in managing any conflicts that may arise from time to time: this could be conflict in their learning, but it also may be a conflict with their peers. As a restorative school we have core values based on three themes:
- Being kind and respectful of ourselves and others
- Always telling the truth
- Working as part of a team.
Our approach to behaviour and your child’s well-being has those values at the core. We believe in giving children the skills and techniques to talk about their feelings and to be able to express their views on issues that are important to them.
We will hold sessions once a week in our pastoral base “The Hub” where we will use a restorative approach called a “solution circle”. This will be a time where the children can come and learn about issues such as tolerance, democracy and mutual respect. They will be guided and supported in their development of emotional vocabulary and articulation, in an environment that is safe and empowering. Building resilience and tolerance in our young people is an essential life skill.
In addition, we hold ‘check-ins’ every morning, where each team (including adults) joins together to discuss how they feel as they enter school. This gives us the opportunity to ensure all children are in the correct frame of mind to learn. All children benefit from this, those who need support to prepare for learning are given that time at the start of the day.
We want to work in partnership with parents and carers and would like to extend the opportunity to you, to come in and talk to us at any time. Please support us in our mission to educate the whole child, equipping children with vital skills in order to live a happy and healthy life.
Please click here to see the Restorative Practice Booklet that gives you further information about our practice.