Statement of Aims & Core Values
Old Buckenham Hall School is committed to offering all its pupils an excellent education inspiring them to achieve their best within a rich, happy, safe and fulfilling school experience upon which will be built future success.
To achieve this the school will, with the help and support of parents:
- Promote high standards of academic achievement and give support to pupils, appropriate to their abilities
- Ensure a breadth of educational opportunity, maximised through the ethos of a boarding school, and thereby nurture enthusiasm and talent
- Prepare children for the academic, social, creative and technological demands that will be required in their future
- Promote British values of respect, tolerance and diversity, developing a sense of service to the community of the school and beyond
- Foster healthy physical and emotional well-being
Our curriculum is designed to prepare children for their senior school and life beyond. At its core it intends to develop the skills they will need to be self-confident, and successful (according to their ability and talents), as well as inculcating social responsibility. We aspire to develop able young people who will want to make a positive contribution and improve the world they join as well as engage in learning throughout their lives.
To achieve this the school will offer:
- A curriculum that promotes challenge, enjoyment, breadth and depth, relevance, coherence and choice in learning for all pupils.
- A positive attitude by teachers towards promoting learning that engages, supports and monitors development so that what is offered to each child is appropriate to their individual needs and is flexible.
- Identification of individual abilities, talents and interests developed through diversity and breadth of opportunity.
- Support that recognises progress and rewards enterprise.
- Engagement and promotion of skill and creativity across the curriculum.
To achieve these aims the school’s curriculum is structured to respond to and meet the needs of all pupils by:
- Providing high-quality feedback to pupils that identifies next steps in learning
- Encouraging pupils to express views and ask questions
- Enabling children to have respect for themselves and to live and work co-operatively with others
- Identifying, reviewing and evaluating pupils’ needs and progress in each year group and ensuring continuity between year groups
- Using a range of approaches to engage pupils, especially through discussion and understanding
- Setting consistently high expectations of pupils’ achievements and behaviour
- Using praise that is well judged and discriminating
- Promoting success and avoiding negative judgements
To ensure progress the curriculum will be supported by:
- Systematic assessment, both summative and formative, that measures and evaluates learning and so improves practice
- Manageable arrangements of record keeping that track and report pupils’ progress
- Effective reporting and transfer records between classes and teachers and informative reports for parents
- Progress towards a meaningful transfer record to accompany transfer to a senior school
To support these aims the school adopts the values of the of the Independent Curriculum and will promote these in the delivery of all aspects of school life:
- Independent Thinking
- Tolerance and empathy
- Global awareness