Kilmorie's Ethos, Vision and Values
To equip all pupils with the skills and knowledge to become successful citizens of the future. We want to enable them to reach their academic potential, be effective communicators and to support their mental and physical wellbeing. We strive to evoke a love of learning that will stay with them well into adulthood.
How we aim to achieve this:
Creatively managing our school’s resources to get the best outcomes and environment that can be achieved, and that provides the means to deliver on our goals.
Ensuring the school environment is fit for purpose, sustainable and safe.
Having a stimulating, creative and engaging curriculum that is delivered in a way that is differentiated, accessible and challenging.
Creating a learning environment and equipping all children with the skills and knowledge to become successful citizens of the future.
Actively engaging with parents and carers, and the wider community, including the utilisation of appropriate technology.
Actively tackling inequalities and celebrating diversity, and fostering relationships built on mutual respect.
Supporting children (and staff) well-being and developing their understanding of wider social conscience.
Nurturing a body of staff who are highly trained, motivated and supported.
Our school ethos is underpinned by our Kilmorie Child Qualities. Each of these qualities has been identified as key to the children developing emotional intelligence and being successful learners.
Being collaborative means working cooperatively with classmates, solving problems without getting too frustrated, showing tolerance and following the class rules. This includes making responsible choices so that everyone's rights are protected.
Examples of collaboration:
• being helpful and considerate when working in a group
• listening and not interrupting when someone else is speaking
• resolving conflicts by discussion rather than fights
Being curious is having an interest in learning about people and the world. Curiosity makes learning easier and more fun: it prepares the brain for learning something new.
Examples of being curious:
• Engaging in learning, even when something doesn’t immediately appeal to your personal interests
• Asking interesting and relevant questions
• Wanting to take learning even further, or persevering to achieve a challenge
Empathy is the ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that person’s situation.
Examples of empathy:
• Not acting or speaking in a way that you know will upset others
• Asking a peer if they are alright after they hurt themselves or offering to play with someone who is on their own
• Offering support with classwork
• Supporting people and causes that help people who are in need
Being honest is being truthful and trustworthy, both with yourself and with others. It can be difficult to be honest and can take a lot of courage.
Examples of being honest:
• Admitting to mistakes and taking responsibility for your actions
• Asking for support when you find something overly challenging
• Setting realistic personal goals
Being independent means taking personal control of both your thinking and your actions. Independent learning is when you set goals, monitor and evaluate your own learning, and are motivated to learn without incentives.
Examples of being independent include:
• Settling to independent work quickly and sensibly
• Making sure your independent work reflects your own abilities and not those of one or more of your classmates
• Voicing your opinions and standing up for your beliefs and values, even when these go against what others think
Being innovative means looking at a situation or challenge in a new and sometimes unusual way. It often starts with being creative and then applying this creativity to a specific task. This includes experimentation and positivity when you are faced with challenges.
Examples of being innovative include:
• Applying creativity to problem solving, such as drawing a picture, acting something out, or drawing a mind-map
• Making interesting and insightful links between different areas of learning, or between new and prior learning
Resilience is being able to bounce back or recover quickly from difficulties. It is the ability to recognise the need for a different approach and to adapt to solve a problem.
Examples of resilience:
• trying something different when what you’re doing doesn’t get results
• learning from mistakes and seeing these as positive learning opportunities
• not giving up when something is hard
• setting goals and thinking positively about reaching these
Being respectful is showing consideration for others, for yourself and for the surrounding environment, both the school environment and the wider world. This respect includes recognising other people’s views and values and making sure everybody feels supported to express these.
Examples of respectful behaviours:
• Speaking politely to your peers and other members of the school community
• Trying to avoid disrupting learning time, whether whole class, collaborative or independent learning
• Valuing the effort of yourself and others, regardless of the outcome
• Treating resources with an awareness of their value, from glue sticks to electricity!
To see how our Governors also support our school vision please click here.