The Mary Bassett Lower School provides an outstanding education to every child to inspire them to reach their full potential. We nurture a love of learning in a safe, happy, stimulating and inclusive environment. We support our children to succeed as confident, healthy and responsible members of the community.
What’s the point of school?
I am sure between us we would come up with a wide range of responses to this question! I was encouraged to read in the news last week that the new head of Ofsted has openly criticised the focus of some schools to ‘teach to the test’. The irony is of course that school leaders are under enormous pressure to achieve ‘results’ to avoid their schools being judged negatively by…. Ofsted!
Hopefully this is a signal that change is coming and school leaders will be empowered to ensure resources are used to benefit the development of the whole child.
At The Mary Bassett Lower School, I am very fortunate to be supported by Governors who have clear and strong educational principles. I am also grateful to a staff team who embody these principles daily in the work they do, and to parents, carers and families who have provided us with encouragement and useful feedback along the way. This has enabled me to ensure we avoid the temporary pressure to ‘tick boxes’ in favour of investing in what we know makes a difference to the future learning of pupils.
Our children get one shot at their Primary education and it is crucial we get the balance right to help them prepare for the future.
Earlier this year the Governing Body used your feedback to identify our longer term priorities:
Our Strategic Priorities 2017-2022
Our strategic priorities have been formed following consultation with staff, parents, carers and governors.
1, A whole school approach to develop physical and emotional wellbeing and positive mental health.
2, To broaden our pupils’ interest and exposure to arts, sciences and culture.
3, Support our pupils to achieve well across the whole curriculum (including English and Maths - but not these alone!),
preparing them well for the next stage in their education.
We want the children who attend our school to be successful, happy and healthy adults who are adaptable and resilient learners. They will develop good attitudes to work, positive relationships and excellent social skills.
We are well on our way there and we want parents and carers to always feel welcome to offer ideas and suggestions of how we can do this better!
We currently are accredited with the Nurture Group Network Quality Mark, Healthy Schools status and for the 5th year running the School Games GOLD mark. These awards recognise some of our established work to meet our priorities. We are also in the process of working towards receiving a GOLD Artsmark, recognising our commitment to arts and cultural learning and have recently started our work towards accreditation from the Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS), a new opportunity launched earlier this year.
Kristian Hewitt (Headteacher)
How we achieve this vision:
At The Mary Bassett Lower School, we have embraced the Values that the British Government wish every child to experience and understand.
The British Government believe that we, "all have a duty to actively 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."
We believe that British Values are really Human Values and will teach them across our curriculum and as part of 'The Mary Bassett Way'. We will teach compassion, kindness, curiosity and open-mindedness so that we will trigger positive emotions and well being for all.
We have recently audited our provision for teaching SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education) across our curriculum and are in the process of ensuring that we maximise the opportunity for all pupils to be prepared for modern life in our world.
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