"Quality is a journey not a destination"
Our intention is to provide an environment that allows all members of Castle Hill Primary School community to thrive. The priorities are agreed by and supported by all.
We hold fast to what we hold dear and although always open to constructive input we seek your partnership in the true spirit of progress for all.
Aims and Ethos
At Castle Hill Primary our aim is to:
- Lead to improvements in all areas of school life
- social, cultural
- Be realistic and achievable, in our context
- Involve everyone who ‘plays’ a part in school life
Raise standards through improving:
- Standards of teaching and learning;
- Standards of pupil attainment and progress.
Our professional responsibility through professional development is to:
- Improve understanding
- Help us lead and manage
- Motivate us
- Give us due credit for our effort and achievements.
Evaluation has always been an important part of school practice. It is robust and ongoing:
- Using numerical and statistical data (e.g. Analyse School Performance (ASP), FFT, Optional Test Data, internal school data);
- Valuing ephemeral data (e.g. listening, talking and making subjective judgements);
- Internal Assessment Folders – a key tracking document
- Pupil Asset - the school MIS
Aiming for Excellence
Thank you for your interest in Castle Hill Primary School. Our motto “Aiming for Excellence” and“Manners Matter” captures the essence of our school's key aims. We wish to provide the very best for your child in a disciplined, hardworking and, most importantly, happy environment.
Our ethos has continually been cited as “outstanding” by numerous external assessors. This is due to a dynamic, productive and very close relationship with our school community. If you value high expectations, manners, school uniform, competition and hard work as highly as we do, then come and visit us.
At Castle Hill Primary School we promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’.
We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need:
“to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year.
These values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Student Senate, class councils and pupil questionnaires. The election of Colour Group Captains and deputies in every class shows our commitment to democracy throughout our school. In year 6 pupils takes part in Head Boy and Head Girl elections gives our older pupils more senior roles of responsibility to aspire to. These elections are based on a democratic voting process to which the whole school community takes part.
The Student Senate positions are re-elected each year and they have representatives from all classes. They take their role very seriously as they are involved in many key decisions made in the school.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our ESafety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choice.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. The school promotes respect for others at all opportunities and this is reiterated through our classroom and playground rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs: This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Through a variety of PSHE and RE topics, members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.