"Our abilities are encouraged, our strengths are recognised and our weaknesses are supported"
At Beechcroft, it is our aim to work in partnership with parents in order that children can reach their potential. It is our intention to create a loving and happy atmosphere in which the children and teachers can work purposefully and effectively and one in which children feel welcomed and safe.
We aim for our children to:
Be happy, confident individuals
Be lifelong learners
Celebrate differences in each other
Include everyone and respect all
Develop an enquiring mind
Have strong core values (these are displayed around the school)
Have high expectations of themselves and each other
Have excellent behaviour
We aim for the learning experience to:
Be creative and inspiring
Give high quality opportunities that allow children to make links, to make choices and take responsibility for their learning
Develop the whole child - social, moral, emotional and spiritual
Ensure that every child experiences success
Be inclusive - where all our learning needs are recognised
Deliver a broad, balanced and purposeful curriculum
We aim for the learning enviroment to:
Be safe and secure
Be open and welcoming
Excite and celebrate the effort and achievement of all
Values are things we believe in that help us to make decisions about how to behave. At Beechcroft we look at values in detail during our collective worship with the children.
The Values we believe to be important are:
Wisdom, Thankfulness, Friendship, Hope, Compassion, Generosity, Trust, Forgiveness, Courage, Compassion, Humility and Wisdom.
We have simplified these to make them accessible to our young children and these are displayed around the school:
We can say thank you
We can look after other people and the school
We are kind to each other
We can say sorry
We love to learn and do our best
We are honest and tell the truth
We can forgive other people
We can play safely and stay healthy
We listen to each other
We keep our school tidy
Our school is a happy place
All of these are reinforced through our school rules - Ready, Respectful and Safe
The behaviour of the children is central to the success of the School. Children are encouraged to behave themselves in a caring and considerate way.
They are encouraged to respect the rights of others and take care of the buildings and equipment. Ultimately we want children to develop initiative and responsibility for their own behaviour.
The school has a written policy on behaviour which parents may request to see. The emphasis being always on "praise for positive behaviour" rather than on the more negative "punishment for poor behaviour".
Rewards and Recognition:
As a school we believe in praise for positive behaviour and to recognise this we have a reward system for individuals, classes and the school as a whole.
Children are rewarded in class by verbal praise, stickers and `Golden Time'. Stickers are also awarded by the Head Teacher and are very sought after!
A Golden Book is kept where names of individual children are recorded by their class teachers for their achievements, being kind to others or showing responsibility in other ways.
Children who display 'Over and Above' behaviour are invited to Hot Chocolate Friday with the Headteacher.
At Beechcroft Infants we ensure through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching that we promote British Values as directed under the new Ofsted guidance, September 2014:
'ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles: and support and help, through their word, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain'
For further information please see British Values at Beechcroft Infants School in our Information and News section.