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Core Values and Principles

Our Core Values: Include, Believe, Achieve guide our school’s development and underpin our ethos.  In redefining our Core Values in 2020, we involved our whole community- staff, parents and pupils. 

We teach our pupils about our Core Values from Nursery and our reward system, our policies and the way we work each day reflects these values.

At the centre of our school is the firm belief that everyone in our community, pupils, teachers, parents/carers & visitors, share a responsibility for the learning, wellbeing, safety & enjoyment of everyone at our school through these Core Values.

Our Core Values and Sub Values:

What do they mean?



We believe all members of our school community, and primarily our pupils, should feel included, valued and respected.  They should expect to have a voice, and that their learning and curriculum will meet their needs.   They should feel pride in our school and also feel part of the wider Jersey community, and beyond.   


As a result we work hard to understand and meet the individual needs of our pupils, but also teach them the attitudes and skills to value and include others within our curriculum.  We aim to have a strong school community and so value communication and try to bring our community together regularly.   


Each one of us is different and our school is made up of pupils from a mix of genders, religious and ethnic backgrounds.  By creating an atmosphere of mutual respect we will be able to focus on how similar we all really are and avoid assumptions. 


We teach pupils to accept and respect differences, and to respect each other.  We do not tolerate bullying or discrimination, and teach pupils to develop inclusive attitudes. We provide opportunities for pupils to learn to work together in groups, teams and as a school to help prepare them for the future. 


Responsibility is about doing the right thing at the right time, because it is the right thing to do- not because someone tells you to.  It is also about becoming an independent person and taking care of yourself and others. 


We teach the children to look after each other, the school and their belongings.  We take shared responsibility for making the school a safe, vibrant, organised and exciting place to be and to learn in. 


It is all well and good to watch the world go by smiling at the good things and complaining at the bad.  This is not really good enough.  If we want our school to be a better place tomorrow, we need to stand up for what we believe in try to make a small difference.  This is what changes the world.   


We teach our pupils to be active participants, and value their ideas and contributions.  We want them to develop the skills to contribute to our school, Jersey and wider world, by for example, becoming Rights Respecting. 


We believe in every child and have high expectations of them all.  We are positive and ambitious for our children and try to help then overcome barriers. 


We teach pupils to believe in themselves and other people, and be determined to succeed and improve, helping others along the way. 


Life is full of challenges!  We all need to learn to meet these challenges head on and not give up when things get tricky.  Learning new skills and knowledge can be difficult at times, but we are usually proudest of those things that were hardest to achieve. 


We promote a ‘growth mindset’ where pupils realise practice and determination are key to success.  We teach strategies to enable pupils to have the resources to draw on when they are finding things tricky, and to support others in overcoming these challenges. 


Often the most successful people are those that work hard, try their best and put in lots of effort. It is about working hard on what you are good at, and even harder on those things you find less easy.  To become an expert in anything requires hours of practice…geniuses and experts are made through application and practice not born that way! 


We praise motivation and effort and encourage pupils to try hard, and produce their best so they make the best possible progress.  We teach them positive learning dispositions and try to develop their concentration and self-motivation. 


Seeing things differently and thinking in new and innovative ways with a questioning mind is vital in a rapidly changing world.  The world we live in today will be very different to the world of the future.  Every new invention has needed someone with a creative mind to think it up! 


We promote and develop creative approaches to learning, and encourage pupils to think for themselves and ask questions.  We try to challenge pupils to push themselves and go beyond the minimum.  We allow them to apply learning in new contexts and link ideas together. 


Every child should progress to become the best they can be and increasingly independent learners and people.  We want our pupils to strive for success and feel pride in their achievements. 


We strive to develop an innovative, rich curriculum.  We use approaches that have a good evidence base, and creative teaching strategies, so that all children, regardless of their starting points or barriers, can make the best possible progress for them.  Our team are positive, creative and resourceful in looking at next steps, which are sometimes unique to an individual child.   


Progress should be a given in our school.  Our expectation is that pupils will make good progress across the school, and that every child will feel the achievement that ‘getting better’ at something gives. 


We plan to ensure pupils make good progress in lessons, through providing both support and challenge for learners.  We encourage pupils to recognise their own and other people’s progress.  We recognise that the steps of progress learners make will differ from person to person, but we challenge ourselves to ensure this progress is good enough for each and every child. 



Some successes are large, some are small, but seeing visible success with what you are achieving boosts confidence and builds aspiration. 


We plan to ensure pupils achieve successes in lessons and we celebrate and acknowledge successes, academically and in all aspects of pupil’s development. 


Whatever we are learning, the aim is that we will develop enough skills and knowledge to be able to achieve it with less and less, and eventually no support.  This applies just as much to children and adults- indeed we are all learners, all of the time. 


We plan learning so that pupils have just enough support to enable success, and as they become more accomplished, we reduce that support or offer new challenges where they can apply their learning to new contexts and in more complex ways.