The children and parents, staff and governors have considered the question "What is the most important thing our school can do?" - for its children, for its families, for its staff and for its community. More than ever the world is changing and our renewed school vision sets out our aspiration to do our very best by the children in our care, their families, our staff, and the community as a whole. You can see what the children, parents, staff and governors have said by following the buttons below.
What is the Radipole Way? It describes our school living out its vision to nurture a community of children, families and staff who are happy, kind and brave, by being a school where everyone belongs, everyone dreams and everyone cares.
Our school community recognises that every child is different, but that all children have the right to feel safe, happy and welcome. This means we all have the responsibility to create that safe, happy and welcoming place for each other. Our curriculum will enable learners to appreciate their own diversity and the diversity of their community, to be recognised, understood and celebrated. Our children will be equipped with self-confidence and conviction in their rights and responsibilities. We will foster a secure understanding of our roles in our local, national, global and spiritual communities. We will cultivate kindness and understanding, and not enable fear.
Our school will work hard to foster a life-long love of learning in every child. Our curriculum will equip children with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in society, recognising that everyone has the right to imagine their own future. We will enable each other in our community to grow our resilience when facing challenges, so that we are increasingly able to see a failed attempt as an opportunity to grow – a comma and not a full stop. Our learners will encounter opportunities to succeed and opportunities to fail, so that they learn how to become stronger from both.
Our school community is something that we will build and care for, together. We will care for each other and give strength to each other. Our learners will learn that they are valued and valuable, that they care and are cared for. We will show our children how to take responsibility for their choices and their actions, and help them to see how what each of us does affects the people and things around us, as well as ourselves. Our school is committed to caring for the environment, to ensuring the children have contact and connection to the natural world. So that they will care for their world and know that they are cared for, through our nature reserve we will make sure they have life-giving, stress-relieving, awe-inducing experience of the natural world.
A learner needs to keep going in the face of difficulties. They need to stick at things even when they find it difficult or challenging. A learner shows perseverance when:
A learner needs to reflect and learn from experience. They need to think about what they have done and what they could also do. A reflective learner:
A learner needs to work with and learn from others. They need to respect others and recognise different viewpoints. A collaborative learner:
A learner needs to ask questions and be curious. They need to think about what to do and where to go to support their learning. A learner explores by:
A learner needs to care about themselves and others. They need to think about how to take care of things. A responsible learner:
We celebrate children living out The Radipole Way each week, identifying children who have demonstrated those learning skills in their learning or relationships. We use Learning Dinosaurs to embody each of the Learning Skills: