Our School Vision, Values and Ethos
At Portway Junior School our shared vision is for every child to become a successful, independent, resilient, lifelong learner and a responsible member of the community, who can achieve and grow in a nurturing and creative environment prepared for our ever changing world.
The strong sense of a learning community; working together and caring about each other, is felt throughout the school and leads to a commitment by all members to recognise the importance of having a positive impact on their school, local community and beyond.
Our aims and ethos
The aims provide the overall direction in which Portway Junior School wishes to move and provides the essential context within which our school vision can develop the curriculum and the ethos of the school can be achieved.
They are built on the values and visions and summarise how the vision can be realised.
Through our creative curriculum, research informed strategies for learning and our expertise as inclusive practitioners we support the children to develop the skills and confidence to face the daily challenges that modern life brings. We develop positive learning relationships through mixing classes each year and enabling staff to work in different age groups across the school.
At Portway Junior School we motivate children to:
achieve their full potential, regardless of background, personal circumstances or inherent ability
think critically, to apply themselves to tasks and to develop lively and enquiring minds
explore and express their creative, sporting and academic interests
At Portway Junior School we provide an environment which is:
is safe for all, and within which children feel valued and secure
has high expectations of learning and behaviour and insists upon equality of opportunity, tolerance and respect for others
celebrates children’s achievements and supports them to be individuals
is stimulating, challenging, happy and calm
values co-operation and collaboration
promotes new experiences
supports children to have a deep sense of awe and wonder of the natural world
supports children in recognising and managing their own risk taking
encourages children to participate in sports activities within and outside the curriculum
engages with, listens and responds to children’s suggestions, opinions, needs and requirements
encourages continued professional development as governors and teaching staff in order to support and enhance the quality of learning opportunities offered to the children
equips our pupils with the skills required for successful transfer to secondary school and to become active and involved members of society.
At Portway Junior School we help children to develop:
intellectually, physically and socially
morally and spiritually
as responsible citizens
a strong sense of belonging to a school, local and wider community
At Portway Junior School we teach and encourage the children to:
have high self-esteem and respect for others
take calculated and measured risks
be self-regulated, self-motivated and develop a passion for learning
speak confidently, discuss, initiate, question and explore
be responsible, respectful, resilient and reflective
be lifelong learners