School Vision and Ethos
Children come to our school to be happy and successful. At Ashbrow we strive to develop positive young people who love to learn, to contribute and to achieve.
We offer pupils a dedicated team of staff who are committed to developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding which will enable children to enjoy learning, achieve success and to feel content and fulfilled. We ensure that our children learn about, and have confidence in, themselves as learners. We are ambitious for our pupils, setting goals and holding high aspirations for their future.
As an inclusive, caring school where every child matters, we recognise that all children have talents and abilities to celebrate, and a part of our role is to help them discover and develop these. We encourage a strong community spirit, where we show consideration and respect for each other; understand differences, and uphold kind, well-mannered behaviour.
The learning community of Ashbrow School has a shared vision that every child deserves to be the best that he/she can be. We challenge and develop our children to become curious, autonomous learners who are inspired and stimulated through a rich and varied curriculum; appropriate to individual needs. We develop children’s learning skills and by setting high expectations and working relentlessly strive to instill high self-esteem and self belief.
We aim to:
become a unique school which meets the needs of the Twenty-First Century learner
support and challenge children so that they become happy, engaged and independent learners
ensure children are leaders of their own learning to satisfy their natural curiosity
ensure children receive a, relevant yet innovative education
be a truly inclusive school where children have the equal opportunities to excel in their learning
be an effective team
live our values in everything that we do
inspire new learning and create awe and wonder
provide a high quality, purposeful learning environment
develop effective relationships with families and the wider school community
be the best that we can be
At Ashbrow every individual is valued for who they are and what they contribute to our school community.
Learning at Ashbrow is underpinned by our values of:
Respect , responsibility, hope, belonging, tolerance, determination, patience, compassion, kindness
honesty, excellence, cooperation, courage, inspiration and friendship.
At the heart of the Ashbrow School is HOPE. Hope for our community, our families and essentially our children. Hope that our children will always aspire to be ‘the very best they can be’ and achieve success in life.
The ethos of the school is based on that belief. We need to support our children to gain specific skills to enable them to succeed in life. Some of these are academic skills whilst others are personal. Both are equally important. Having a good knowledge of the community we serve has helped us to identify specific ‘drivers’ for our school. These drivers are visible in the everyday life of the school, in all that we do, say and provide for our children. The drivers are apparent to all who walk through the school gates.
Our school drivers are:
Communication – sending, giving and exchanging information and ideas, which may be expressed both verbally and non-verbally
Ambition – an eager or strong desire to achieve
Respect – the willingness to show consideration or appreciation
Enterprise – a readiness to embark upon new ventures, with boldness and energy
To enable our children to grow in this way, they need to hold certain attributes and for this we draw on Guy Claxton’s 4 ‘R’s. These also form an integral part of our curriculum - resourcefulness, reciprocity, resilience and reflectiveness. We also believe that risk taking can be an important attribute.
For more information about the school curriculum please click here or visit the individual pages for our classes.
British Values at Ashbrow
The DfE reinforced the 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.”
At Ashbrow we have shared and reflected upon what British values mean to us. Tolerance and respect are also our school values which are reinforced regularly and in age appropriate ways. We want our school community to be proud of their nation and understand how they can contribute as effective citizens. We understand that this important process begins at a very early age and we seek to nurture this at Ashbrow School.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We understand the need for their opinions and views to be valued and inform decision making.
Staff ensure that the democratic process is modelled on a daily basis. This is done by inviting questions and sharing views through discussion. Ashbrow children are taught explicitly to verbalise their thinking, to consider the greater good and be aware of the views and needs of others.
We regularly listen to ‘Pupil Voice’. As part of their learning all children are developing their decision making skills and learning to make informed choices and take responsibility for them.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout our daily practice. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us. They are also taught about the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities, such as Police, Road Safety teams and the Fire Service help reinforce this message.
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 young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. They are advised how to exercise these safely and with consideration and respect for others, for example through our assemblies, e-Safety and PSHE lessons.
Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, for example by participating in our extra-curricular clubs. Lunchtime is another good example of this: children make menu choices and engage in good manners; during their playtimes they collaborate over games and learn how to share equipment. We enable our children to make informed personal choices.
Respect is one of our school values. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect. We also share the consequences of what happens when respect and tolerance are not demonstrated. We discuss current affairs with the children enabling them to make sense of the world they are in.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Ashbrow School sits in an area of cultural diversity, and we also place an emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE, PSHE and flexible curriculum teaching reinforce this. Visits to places of worship and visitors to assembly are promoted as appropriate. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We understand that it is important to understand the different faiths of the world.
What do we do at Ashbrow to celebrate being British?
study key historical figures and events in British history
learn the key geographical facts and regions of Britain
learn about the national Saints and legends
dance and listen to music from around the different regions of Britain
learn traditional British songs and tales
appreciate the British seasons
study the local area
support national events such as the Tour de Yorkshire, Olympics, World Cup, Tim Peake’s mission, Celebration of Shakespeare, etc
Support National charities, Children in Need, Macmillan
Their minds and their futures are entrusted in our hands for a few brief years of childhood. We must do all in our power to serve them well
Pugh, C. 1996 Contemporary Issues in the Early Years