Aims and VisionsWe want to share the school's vision and values with you, please read the information below: Lady Margaret Primary School, where children come FIRST!
At LMPS you will have an opportunity to:
- Plant it, grow it and eat it in our Edible Playground.
- See chicks hatch!
- Represent the school in an event.
- Meet successful adults and know they are like you.
Children learn best when happy. Their environment must be as happy and
supportive as possible. An environment they enjoy being in and can see the value of
their learning. An environment parents feel valued and trusted, and where their
parents and governors feel confident that the children are receiving the best possible start to their formal education.
- We value and help children to develop a healthy respect for themselves and others, with a clear moral code that will positively guide their life choices.
- We value the development of our children’s academic progress and nurture ambition, resilience and excellent skills for life as essential outcomes of their experience as learners.
- We value everyone within our school, regardless of race, gender, religion or abilities and provide equal access to all aspects of our curriculum.
- We value the cultural diversity brought to this school by our children as an enrichment to all that is shared and respected, so that our children will grow up and live harmoniously within the community.
- Children learn best when happy.
- Their environment must be as safe and supportive as possible and be an environment they enjoy being part of.
- Children should be helped to see the value of their learning.
- Both their academic and personal growth will be strongly developed.
- An environment where teachers feel valued and trusted, and where the parents and governors feel confident that the children are receiving the best possible start to their school life.
In addition six critical success factors have been adopted, for us to measure our success against:
- The school must meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, reaching high standards of achievement and delivered in accordance with its aims.
- The school must ensure that the staff are committed, appropriately qualified, of high quality and well trained, according to their responsibilities.
- The school must ensure that it provides a high quality environment that is both safe and secure for staff, pupils and visitors.
- The school must manage its finances effectively, providing value for money and matching priorities to the general aims and objectives and the school improvement plan.
- The school must positively promote its position within the community ensuring responsiveness to parental opinion and links with other educational providers.
- The school must provide support for pupils of all ages, abilities and aptitudes implementing the SEN Code of Practice and other pastoral policies.
Our Strategy for Bringing About School Improvement:
- Ensure a continuous cycle of self-evaluation and school improvement while providing the staffing structures and professional development opportunities that ensure sustainability.
- Assist staff at all levels to translate their high aspirations for the pupils into practical actions, which will raise expectations, standards of achievement and improve the quality of teaching and learning.
- Ensure openness of communication so all staff, governors, parents and stakeholders have an accurate assessment of the effectiveness of the school and progress made.
- Assist staff to use quality benchmarks for school improvement and share good/best practice through a programme of internal staff meetings and observations, and visits to other schools.
- Maintain effective partnerships between the senior leadership team, teaching staff and governors with clearly designated roles and responsibilities.
- Development of a committed staff team, who are mutually supportive; with shared, agreed aims; pulling in the same direction; and where individual strengths are fully developed and equally valued.
- Empower staff at all levels by distributing leadership and management
- Empower the staff by giving them the tools to fully participate in and take responsibility for decision-making, and develop and thus take ownership of key policies and practices within the school.
- Ensure there is a match of spending and staff development to the priorities identified in this SIP, linked to an effective appraisal system for all staff.
- Ensure accurate assessment and data analysis effectively informs planning and the targeting of initiatives and resources at all levels.
- Ensure initiatives are followed through and monitored so they are fully and consistently implemented, and effectively evaluated.
- Ensure the school is on a financially sound footing, and able to show value for money.
- Support staff in their career aspirations and development of necessary professional skills by providing high quality development opportunities, coaching and feedback which is both supportive and challenging.
- Ensure a consistently well-planned, regularly reviewed coherent curriculum which delivers quality education in its broadest sense, which is differentiated to meet the needs of all children, and which is enhanced by effective assessment procedures and focused intervention strategies.
- Ensure a well-resourced school in appropriate accommodation within a site which is a stimulating, attractive & pleasing environment for all.
- Ensure equality of opportunity, active anti-racism and overt celebration of diversity, while promoting inclusion in all its senses.
What does a broad and balanced curriculum look like at LMPS?
At Lady Margaret Primary School, we strive to provide pupils with a curriculum that is rich in a variety of knowledge and experience in school, no matter what their skills and abilities, and regardless of their personal circumstances.
We have developed our curriculum around four key themes which we believe both connect the learning for the pupils and aid their development of the understanding of important ideas and issues.
LMPS – Meaningful Learning opportunities and strong Motivation leads to rapid Progress and high levels of Success.
- Inspiring LEGACY – our pupils will leave with wonder and passion for ideas, creativity, science and nature having personally connected with culture, ideas, inventions and special places through the curriculum
- Active MORALITY – our pupils will leave with compassion and understanding and a desire to do the right thing has made a difference by helping others in the community throughout their time at LMPS
- Responsible POWER- our pupils will leave with the power to manage their thinking and well being and work well with others. They will gain the powers of analysis and problem solving each subject offers having solved a number of important and challenging problems and made change happen, working with others
- A commitment to SUSTAINABILITY – pupils will leave with a sense of common humanity and connection to nature has been ‘good stewards’ for the planet and connected with others in different parts of the world
We use high-quality texts and have half termly ‘hook’ events linked to topics, to engage learners, impart knowledge and enhance skills. Each year group will have at least six different opportunities to take part in a variety of trips and experiences.
We have worked rigorously to design a curriculum suitable for all of our children while maintaining high standards in English and mathematics. This is evident through our half termly curriculum coverage maps.
Our curriculum contributes to the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of pupils through all aspects of school life and particularly through the teaching of beliefs and values, RSE, rights-respecting and our ambassador system, as we strive to prepare our children for life in Britain today.
If you have any questions in relation to the curriculum please speak to your child’s class teacher.