Russell Lower School - Our Vision

Russell Lower School - Our Vision

Challenge     Enjoy    Respect     Succeed

 

At Russell, we educate the whole child. Our vision is:

  • To challenge and inspire children to become intellectually curious
  • To ensure children are happy, safe and enjoying their education.
  • To be proud, confident and respectful
  • To work together to ensure every child can succeed and exceed expectations

 

Our vision enables us to be the first choice school for parents and children in the local area.

 

To challenge and inspire children to become intellectually curious we will:

  • Ensure teaching is inspirational through a creative, challenging and thematic curriculum that enables accelerated progress.

  • Have a staff who are passionate and take responsibility for their environment, proactively seeking to improve in both their professional and personal development.

  • Develop children to be well rounded individuals equipped for a changing world.

     

    To ensure children are happy, safe and enjoying their education we will:

  • Employ friendly and approachable staff who go the extra mile to educate children.

  • Have an open door policy to ensure that parents, staff and children have the opportunity for ongoing dialogue.

  • Provide a nurturing, caring and safe environment for children.

  • Promote a life-long love of learning in our pupils.  

     

    To be proud, confident and respectful we will:

  • Ensure children and staff take pride in our school and community.

  • Encourage children to be independent and successful.

  • Ensure everyone holds our vision and values dearly, and this is demonstrated throughout the school.

  • Encourage our children to be good citizens with well developed values.

  • Be a school at the heart of the community in Ampthill. 

     

    To work together to ensure every child can succeed and exceed expectations we will:

  • Foster enthusiastic and engaged children who receive a personal education.

  • Work towards pupils attaining higher than the local and national average.

  • Encourage staff and children on a journey of learning.

  • Promote the health and well-being of staff and pupils in an inclusive and accepting environment

  • Commit to continuously developing to achieve excellent academic progress for all.

  • Ensure the school is modern and fully resourced with appropriate equipment and technology.

     

    Russell Lower School: Review of Vision, March 2018

     

    Evidence cited to show progress made towards meeting vision:

     

    To challenge and inspire children to become intellectually curious

  • Pupil voice, observations, monitoring and feedback;

  • Differentiation is standard across the school;

  • Policies eg Excellence for All;

  • pupil performance meetings;

  • More outstanding teaching suggests more is inspirational;

  • Two-year topic cycle

  • Softer things – ‘buzz’ around the school

  • Accelerated progress – eg reading – Switch on programme; change in maths from ‘Abacus’ to ‘White rose’ – pupils are gaining more mastery

  • Some groups – still an issue – eg boys’ writing, PP issue.

 

  • Work displayed around round the school

  • Since build – everywhere kept clean, good environment for children

  • Leadership – complete sea change in behaviour of staff and pupils

  • Leaders providing direction on environment, which supports learning

  • Cultural change – not fully there, but come a long way

 

  • Conversations with Alameda suggest children are well equipped for next stage of education

  • Values

  • Behaviour logs

  • Extra-curricular opportunities

  • Year 4 – could they take more responsiblity for themselves

 

To ensure children are happy, safe and enjoying their education

  • Recent recruitment has led to real positivity

  • Selection process is thorough

  • Range of clubs available for pupils

  • Parent questionnaire

  • Accident record – take pro-active approach

 

To be proud, confident and respectful

  • Questionnaire

  • Environment – classrooms and corridors kept well; still issue with playground equipment

  • New uniform – majority wearing purple

  • Roles around the school eg Yr 4 sports ambassadors

  • Is there need to educate parents more re child independence; also do they know key words of the vision?

  • Involvement in community eg Christmas Tree festival, carol concert, Russell Rocks, Brownies at school, football club, sports clubs in holidays, Rotary, alameda link.

 

 

To work together to ensure every child can succeed and exceed expectations

  • Star challenge

  • Teaching; differentiaton; attainment and progress data

  • Times-tables, number bonds, spellings all individualised

  • Accelerated reader

  • Parent feedback