At Sutton Valence Primary School we have a clear understanding of how children need the best possible conditions to learn. We acknowledge that we live in a changing world and that we need to prepare our children for tomorrow’s needs. Consequently, we not only place fundamental value on the traditional 3Rs, but also on the 5Rs of the 21st Century:
Resourcefulness (the ability to organise one’s own learning)
Reflectiveness (the ability to think about and evaluate one’s own life)
Resilience (the ability to try several strategies and skills in order to succeed)
Reliability (the ability to be honest and to admit mistakes)
Responsibility (the ability to be trusted in carrying out tasks for their own learning, for the class and for the school)
We acknowledge the importance of developing a caring and stimulating environment where children’s high self-esteem enables them to take risks in learning and to learn confidently through their mistakes. We teach children that getting ‘stuck’ is not a sign of failure, and help them to develop strategies for independence. We encourage children to ask questions and for them to learn how to solve challenges and problems.
We make it our business to strive for excellence, empowering children to be happy and responsive. Children are challenged within the delivery of an enriched, creative and linked curriculum. We are an inclusive school that develops independence, responsibility, kindness and good manners through a detailed and extensive personal social and health education programme.
The best way to understand our school’s aims and values is to make an appointment and visit the school ‘in action’. This would give first-hand knowledge and understanding of what we are aiming for and achieving and of the many facilities on offer. Please make an appointment to come and experience the environment in which our children learn, so that we can answer any questions you may have.
We hope that this will be the beginning of a long and successful home school partnership between us working closely with parents is an important element of our work for the success of each child.
We look forward to welcoming you at Sutton Valence Primary School.
Marianne Terry, Headteacher