School vision statement:

An inspirational primary school delivering exceptional learning.

We will achieve our vision by being creative, inclusive, nurturing potential and by using The Firs Way to guide our aims.

The Firs Way

We do our best to be our best
We treat others as we would like to be treated
We are helpful and kind
We are honest and truthful
We listen respectfully
We share
We forgive
We learn from our mistakes

Our Aims:

To provide a secure, stimulating and caring environment where childhood is celebrated and the partnership between child, parent and staff can flourish
To live out the values of the Christian faith while respecting and valuing those of all faiths or none

We aim for our pupils to be:

Motivated, independent and enthusiastic learners
Happy, nurtured and filled with a love of learning
Confident in the core skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing and mathematics
Striving to do the best they can, showing resilience and determination
Actively involved and thoughtful members of their community who value diversity
Confident in understanding The Firs way and putting it into practice
Encouraged to develop and articulate their own understanding of faith
Tolerant and accepting of those who hold other beliefs or none
Secure and confident that they are individually valued
Able and willing to recognise the needs of others and seek to help them
Eager to embrace the future with hope and confidence

We aim for our curriculum to be:

Cohesive, meaningful and motivating
Progressive, leading to strong individual assessment of pupil progress
Clearly recorded and reported
Based closely on the English National Curriculum but enhanced to nurture individuality
Embedded with a secure understanding of mathematics and literacy skills
Creating a sense of curiosity and wonder in our pupils
Global in dimension and recognising of cultural diversity especially within a British context
A strong method of linking pupils to both their local community and issues at a national and international level
Able to meet the needs of all pupils and support their different learning styles
Enriched by visits, visitors and extra-curricular opportunities and to give pupils meaningful contexts for learning

We aim for our staff to:

Be skilled, creative and well qualified professionals
Enjoy the challenge of learning and be good role models as learners
Enjoy teaching and enthusiastically engaging the children if their job entails interaction with pupils
Be empowered to engage in active debate about teaching and learning
Be accountable, embrace responsibility and seek opportunities for professional development
Feel safe and supported and be given time to respond to new initiatives
Work collaboratively to provide the best possible learning environment

We aim for our parents to:

Be well known to the staff
Feel that the school supports them with their child’s learning
Feel valued and know that they have an important place in the school community
Know that the school communicates regularly and effectively about events and the progress of their child
Know that they contribute to the life of the school

We aim that anyone coming into The Firs School will know that happy, involved, progressive learning is taking place. If a child is asked, ‘What have you learnt today?’ they will be able to answer enthusiastically. This is because they love learning.

You can clearly see there is strong family ethos and nurturing feel about the whole school. – Parent