Our motto is ‘Learning, believing and growing together’. We strive to offer an exciting and motivating curriculum that enables children to develop many skills and talents. Curiosity is welcomed, questions are encouraged and an excitement about learning is nurtured. Our vibrant and stimulating curriculum is thematic and taught through a book centred topic approach. We believe that this approach provides high quality learning opportunities for all and will inspire a love of learning in all of our children.
Our vision and ethos are supported through our school values of perseverance, respect, possibilities and sharing. The values form an integral part of our academic and pastoral curriculum.
We believe that developing Growth Mindset in our children is paramount so that they believe that they can achieve what they want to. Growth Mindset is the belief that intelligence and abilities can be cultivated through effort.
Our Challenge For All approach to teaching and learning ensures that challenge, independence and creative, higher-order thinking skills are applied to all teaching and learning opportunities. Our “Teaching from the top” strategy for planning enables us to meet the needs of all children.
Promoting British Values at Princes Risborough Primary School
The Department for Education state that there is a 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 were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At Princes Risborough Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Democracy is embedded at the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires. The elections of the School Council members and House and vice-Captains are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. Year 6 also have the opportunity to apply for prefect positions.
The rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our school has ‘Golden Rules’, which are deeply embedded in our work every day. Each class also discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Our 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. As a school we also have core values which have been agreed and shared with pupils, parents, staff and Governors. The values are: respectful, resilience, responsible, readiness, reflectiveness and consideration. The values are embedded through everyday life in school.
Respect is one of the core values of our school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. The core value of respect underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom.
Princes Risborough Primary is proud of the diverse community we serve. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Through the Primary Curriculum, RE and PSCHE, we reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge and as part of our curriculum, pupils visit places of worship within the locality.
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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and responsibilities and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen during e-safety assemblies, anti-bullying week and through PSCHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Pupils’ are encouraged to express their own thoughts and feelings but are also made aware that their view may not impinge on that of others.