Personal Development

At the Priory School we believe that educating the heart is as important as educating the mind. We seek for our pupils to become kind as well as numerate, compassionate as well as confident. We our driven by our core values of love, aspiration, forgiveness and respect.

Alongside the National Curriculum, we have also woven into our curriculum specific lessons to develop character and citzenship. These include our learning behaviours, our focus on being ‘Heartsmart’, the importance of spirituality and British values.

Learning Behaviours

We believe that if children are to succeed in their learning and in life, they need to adopt key learning behaviours and traits. Therefore we constantly refer to our Learning Heroes who remind us about the different characteristics we need to adopt to be a great learner.

A Priory pupil being celebrated for their Problem Solving skills alongside Winston the Wise Owl

Team bee reminds the children they need to collaborate. The children are encouraged to try different ways to solve a problem like Winston, the Wise Owl or the importance of being resilient like Ruby the rainbow fish. Sparky the unicorn reminds the children to be creative and Ralph the risk-taking lion reminds the children the importance of courage and having a go.   Finally there is Dotty the Dolphin who loves to communicate in a variety of ways.

Ralph the risk taking lion celebrating someone’s courage in having a go at something new.


The Priory Spirituality Statement


We are so excited to be a HeartSmart School! HeartSmart is a creative new approach that we’re using to build character, emotional health and resilience in children. Equipping children with foundational principles and skills that will improve their mental health and relationships and academic achievement, we want everyone to know that they are loved, cared for and valued.  Loving Ourselves and Loving Others. You can find our more about Heartsmart on the following page.