At Essendon, we value:
the ethos of the school based on key Christian values which make it the inclusive, tolerant, welcoming and caring place it is;
the individuality of each child within the school community;
the close relationship with our Church and local community;
the right of every child (irrespective of ability, gender, race, culture, religion, Special Educational Needs and disability or social circumstances ) to the best quality education within a safe, secure and supportive learning environment; and
the importance of teaching children to become resilient, independent, responsible and caring citizens in the 21st century.
"The strong Christian environment of this school develops in pupils a positive attitude and helps them become confident learners keen to achieve their best." SIAMS 2015
We follow a values curriculum. Pupils are taught about the importance of the Christian values (such as Love, Joy, Respect, Hope, Peace and Forgiveness) and all members of the school community, both adults and children, are encouraged to live out those values which underpin everything we do at school. As such, the learning and working environment is caring and supportive.
"Pupils ... are thoughtful, kind and generous with their time and support. In lessons, pupils are eager to learn ... Pupils challenge and support each other very well in their learning. They are diligent in completing the challenges that they select for themselves and excited about gaining new skills." Ofsted 2017
Pupils learn from and support one another (peer support and learning partners are used powerfully in all classes). They recognise the achievements and qualities of their classmates (whether academic or otherwise). Pupils are given daily opportunities to reflect on our school values and to worship either as a whole school or in their classroom.
"You have ensured that pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, including opportunities to learn about the outside world through daily discussions about topical news stories. Pupils I spoke to were very thoughtful about the ways in which they engaged in democratic processes in school. Pupils talked about the prestige of standing for election to be team captains and vice-captains, as well as running for membership of the student council." Ofsted 2017
We work closely with St Mary the Virgin Church and take regular opportunities to visit the church, whether for an end of term service of for other learning opportunities throughout the year. We said a sad goodbye to Revd. Pauline Higham on 20th April as she moves to pastures new. We will miss her regular support in school, lead collective worship, giving pastoral support to pupils, staff and families and supporting the teaching of RE. However, we will continue to work closely with the church and are already looking forward to lots of exciting new ventures in the next year.
Following the hard work of the whole school community to articulate what makes our school special, we came up back in Autumn 2016 with the strapline, Caring and Learning Together.
This year we have been asking, "What next?" We don't want to stop moving forward. We are grateful for the contribution of parents, pupils, staff, governors and members of the local community who have captured both what they would hate to lose about the school we have now as well as what they aspire to next. Thanks to the pupils, we have chosen the following bible verse which they think summarises our challenge to ourselves ...
Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works
This is our Vision - we want to be a school that can supportively challenge one another and respond to challenges from others from within the school community and without, including our neighbours.