Our Vision and Values
At Trottiscliffe Church of England Primary School we ensure that our school vision and values are at the heart of all that we do.
Our school is a place of sanctuary, strength and aspiration built upon the firm foundations of Christian teachings where all are valued, respected, encouraged and nurtured to fulfil their potential and develop an understanding of the importance of kindness and a lifelong love of learning.
The journey of our Vision
Our vision is a future-oriented explanation of the school’s nature, purpose and aspirations - in brief, it describes ‘who’ and ‘what’ we are and where we are going! It was created through consultation with staff, pupils, parents and governors to ensure all stakeholders were given the chance to create Trottiscliffe’s new vision.
Our Vision explanation
Trottiscliffe Church of England Primary School is a sanctuary where all pupils are nurtured and cherished through mutually respectful relationships built on the firm foundation of our four core Christian values of Wisdom, Respect, Hope and Community. As a result strong bonds of trust and very positive attachments are made between pupils and their families and staff. Trottiscliffe is a safe place for pupils to express themselves, to ask questions and to think deeply about ultimate questions. At Trottiscliffe, we understand that often those pupils who present the most challenge, often need the most care and nurture. Pupil safety is ensured through rigorous adherence to safeguarding requirements. The same can be said for all those who work here – Trottiscliffe is a place where staff enjoy coming to work and all stakeholders are welcome.
Our school is a place of strength; Trottiscliffe staff have the resilience, strength and ethos to work together to face the new challenges constantly experienced in a school. We aim that this example will help the children to become more resilient also, especially with life’s challenges and their learning. We teach children to have the strength to do the right thing and make positive choices even in difficult circumstances.
Trottiscliffe is a school which has high aspirations for our pupils and consequently continually performs well; striving for strong progress and high achievement through aspirational ambitions. Standards at EYFS, KS1, KS2 and in the phonics check remain high when compared with local and national results. Our pupils also excel in other areas of the curriculum including the arts and sport.
In our school, diversity is fully celebrated. We are able to cater for a diverse range of SEN, medical and mental health and well-being needs. We celebrate diversity within the curriculum and through special events like ‘Black History Week’ and ‘Children of the World’. At Trottiscliffe all are valued and respected. Our pupils are listened to individually and through various forums including worship committee, Eco Council and pupil voice opportunities.
Through teaching about mutual respect, everyone knows that pupils have a right to learn and teachers have the right to teach. High expectations of manners and the celebration of diversity further develops the importance of respect. If behaviour does not meet expectations, sanctions are appropriate and often negotiated with the pupils as part of the process of forgiveness. For being respectful and ‘living out’ our values, pupils are rewarded and celebrated.
Being a successful school, we know that we must continue to strive to improve. We actively search out new ways to improve through building new relationships and continuing our valuable partnership with local schools. We are keen to support global projects which work to protect and secure the natural world. We also work on behalf of many charities both locally, nationally and globally to combat human disasters, poverty and famine.
Our values are rooted in the teachings of Jesus and help all staff and pupils to ‘live out’ our vision in our daily lives.
Learning together ~ believing together ~ achieving together
Through Learning, we promote wisdom and the ability to make good choices.
Through Believing, we learn dignity and respect for ourselves and each other
Through Achieving, we create aspiration and hope for the future
Together we become an even stronger community.
Wisdom, hope, respect and community are our cornerstone Christian values and these provide the framework for all we do in Trottiscliffe Church of England Primary School. We are passionate to develop a life-long love of learning in all members of our community; to inspire and encourage each other to grow in confidence and fulfil our unique potential. We promote independence and aim to equip our students with the skills and good judgement to be prepared for an active role in our ever-changing diverse society.
Our Learning Behaviours
To become life-long learners, we teach our children to develop, apply and recognise these learning behaviours both in themselves and in others:
Perseverance – to keep going when we find something hard and try a different way
Resourcefulness – to identify what may help us achieve our aim more easily
Independence – to think for ourselves, act on our own initiative and complete tasks without additional support
Determination – to set a target and continue to focus until it is achieved
Empathy – to see things from the point of view of others
Community – to work together as a team, to do something for the good of the whole community