Our Values, Ethos and Aims
Our Values and Ethos
At Linthwaite Ardron C.E.(A) Junior and Infant School, we believe that all of our children and staff are gifted, talented and very special and we aim to enable them to reach their full potential – academically, morally, socially and spiritually – with full regard for their individuality.
As a Church Aided School, we aim to provide a Christian setting within which Christian values are both taught and lived, through our relationships with each other. We offer active support for the Anglican tradition of our school’s foundation, through our religious education and collective worship whilst teaching tolerance and respect for those of other faiths and none.
As a Kirklees and National ‘Healthy School’, we educate the whole child by developing knowledge and understanding of healthy eating, physical wellbeing and the social and emotional aspects of learning.
Our school recognises the importance of its service to and within the wider community. We offer a warm and sincere welcome to all children and their families and seek to strengthen and develop a positive partnership between our school family, parents, governors and local and wider communities.
A school’s ethos – its atmosphere, or what it is like as a place to be in, has a powerful impact on the effectiveness of teaching and learning. It is composed of many ingredients including, here in our school: Christian witness, frequent praise, high expectations, well maintained premises and clear, firm discipline.
The ethos of the school is created by the care and professional concern with which staff and pupils inter-relate. Recognising its historic foundation, the School will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level whilst teaching respect for those of other faiths and none.
The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values including honesty, love, integrity, co-operation, commitment and respect for individuality which we hope are apparent, not only in personal relationships, but in all aspects of school life.
Through our distinctive Christian ethos, to create a happy, loving and caring environment that challenges all pupils to strive to develop their learning whilst ensuring that they feel safe and secure;
To enhance each child’s development by fostering respect for themselves and for others both inside and beyond the school itself;
To build a supportive community which celebrates success, diversity and achievement both in and out of school;
To teach a broad and balanced curriculum by carefully planning and delivering the National Curriculum and using ongoing and summative assessment of each child’s progress as well as good staff knowledge and understanding of each individual child;
To train all children in using self-assessment in order to deepen the individual child’s knowledge of the next steps needed to make improvement;
To strive for excellence and enjoyment in all aspects of learning, ensuring that children and staff have high quality of experience, resources, learning environment and that all enjoy success;
To educate the whole child by presenting a total experience which maximises potential in intellectual, physical, emotional, social, cultural, moral and spiritual development;
To promote community cohesion by creating opportunity both within and outside of the curriculum for staff and children to engage with the local and wider community;
To recognise the lifelong nature of learning providing high quality learning experience for staff, governors and the parents of our children whenever opportunity arises;
To recognise that change and progress are an important part of everyday life and therefore aim to equip staff and children to cope and flourish in dealing with the challenges faced by such change