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Vision & Values

The Aims of Maidenbower Junior School

Maidenbower Junior School is a Rights Respecting School and is committed to providing a caring environment where everyone feels happy, secure and valued and achieve their full potential.

 Therefore we aim to:

  • Embed life-long skills for a life of confidence, independence and curiosity.
  • Provide first-hand experience through a full, varied and structured curriculum where pupils are engaged in their own learning.
  • Offer learning experiences that are appropriate, purposeful and enjoyable.
  • Recognise, celebrate and reward individual effort and achievement in all areas.
  • Provide a positive, stimulating and well-resourced learning environment.
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to work independently, collaboratively and co-operatively.
  • To develop a growth mindset and resilience.
  • Develop and maintain an effective working partnership between school and home.
  • Create and maintain purposeful links between schools and the local community.
  • Provide holistic support for all children in a nurturing environment; inclusion and equal opportunities for all.
  • Promote and develop moral values and respect for others and the environment.
  • Develop independence and motivation in order that children and staff may achieve their potential.
  • Provide a wide range of after-school clubs that support and complement the curriculum.

Rights Respecting School

As part of our developing approach to teaching about global citizenship, we haveunicef been assessed, by Unicef, as a ‘Rights Respecting School’. In the process of gaining this award, the children have learnt about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and we have reframed class and school rules in terms of rights and responsibilities.

Learning about the Convention has also enabled our pupils to start using the language and concepts of Rights, Respect and Responsibilities to consider a wide range of moral issues, from behaviour in the classroom and playground to all aspects of the curriculum for global citizenship such as fair trade, sustainability and equalities issues.

The Assessors commented in their report that: ‘The impressive progress that the school has made towards embedding the content and values of the UNCRC in the life and work of the school is due in large part to the commitment towards this objective of the senior staff and the very positive response of the staff as a whole. It was recognised early on that the introduction of the language and values of the UNCRC would complement key elements in the school’s existing ethos and core values, particularly the emphasis that the school gives to the importance of living sustainably and valuing and respecting cultural and ethnic diversity. All the many children with whom we spoke agreed that everyone is treated fairly at school. They referred to very little or no bullying and strong respect amongst their peers for cultural and ethnic diversity. They also agreed that children’s opinions are highly valued by staff and that children have extensive opportunities to express their views and ideas.