Inspiring a generation to learn, flourish and achieve in a caring, Christian community
Why did we choose the word ‘inspiring’?
Every child has a spark of greatness and we want to be a school that breathes life into children, so that they achieve their dreams.
Why the phrase ‘learn, flourish and achieve’?
Learn, Flourish and Achieve is a helpful summary of our mission.
Life is rich and complex – there is always more to explore and discover. We want our school community to develop a deep and life-long love of learning. We aspire to share the very best of what has been thought and said, across continents and cultures.
In the classroom: It means a focus on high quality teaching where we have outstanding subject knowledge, use a range of strategies and plan engaging, first hand experiences for the children.
For the children: We can reflect on and explain our learning (activities like journaling). We are curious and adventurous. We are responsible and active participants in lessons. We enjoy our learning and love using new vocabulary.
We want children to discover life in all its fullness. We want to deliver a rounded education, educating the heart as well as the head. We want to celebrate those who excel at sport and the arts and friendship, as well as our authors and scientists and mathematicians.
In the classroom: Wellbeing of staff and children is at the heart of what we do. We care for each individual. We give time and value to a range of subjects and disciplines, including daily worship when we reflect on our values and character.
For the children: We understand our core values and golden rules. We look after and respect one another. Kindness matters. We dream big, so watch us grow!
We want all the children, no matter their starting points, to feel confident and ready for the next stage in their education. As a fully inclusive school, we are passionate about wanting all children to achieve their full potential and be proud of who they are.
In the classroom: Standards matter and we insist on children doing their personal best in their work and conduct. Staff model what excellence looks like in a variety of contexts. Assessment for learning means that work is set at the appropriate level of challenge and support is in place.
For the children: We always try our best. We can identify what we are doing well and what we need to improve. We are confident.
Why have we retained ‘in a caring, Christian community’?
One of the distinguishing marks of the Priory School is our caring community. Visitors often remark on the ‘family’ feel of the school. Staff genuinely know, care for and protect each child. Being a community, we recognise that it takes all of us to support a child.
As a Church of England school for over 150 years, our Christian heritage and ethos is part of our DNA. We welcome families of all faiths and none to become part of our school family. We long to serve the common good. We also recognise the important role that Christianity plays in shaping our school culture and calendar.
We value our close connection with the Priory Church in Christchurch. We maintain the tradition of a daily act of worship and love sharing stories from the Bible. We also like to remember celebrations from other faiths and events in our national life. We want to make a positive difference in our community e.g. our care home visits and be a responsible Global neighbours.
As a Governing body we have taken inspiration from the following quotes:
Through the Aims of our School, we believe that we should enable all children to develop socially, academically, culturally and spiritually within a caring Christian community underpinned by strong values.
- A lifelong learner
- A compassionate neighbour (locally and globally)
- An avid reader and keen storyteller
- A resilient problem solver
- Head, Heart and Body Smart
- Ready, Respectful and Safe
- Foundations for Life (knowledge, skills and understanding)
- Confident (when working independently or as a team)