School Vision and Values

‘Aiming High’

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a school community where children excel, develop a love of learning and create magical memories that will last them a life time.  We have high expectations for every child to succeed through the provision of personalised, real-life learning experiences which enable them to grow into productive and valued citizens.  Through our curriculum, we aim to equip our children with the skills and knowledge they need for their next stage of education as well as a passion for life-long learning and development. We believe that every child matters and that every child has the capacity and the right to succeed.  We endeavour to develop the whole child, meeting their individual needs in a safe, secure environment where our differences are celebrated.  We believe that our school should reflect the community we serve.   The role of our school in supporting children and their families to enable academic success and social cohesion is hugely influential.  We aim to create a collaborative environment where all members of the school community are highly valued, make positive contributions, and work cohesively to create an inspirational learning environment for our children to succeed.

Our Values

Our values underpin everything that we do here at Southwark Primary School.  They help us form our attitudes, guide our choices, and influence our behaviours.  We firmly believe that these values must be shared values across our whole school community in order for us to achieve our vision.  At Southwark, we have 11 values - one for each month we are in school.  Each month the children, staff and parents focus on a different value, exploring what it means and how we can use this value to develop a positive, safe and inspirational place to be.

Southwark Values:

Equality - Respect - Courage - Empathy - Cooperation - Love - Liberty - Trust - Patience - Positivity - Honesty

Our Aims

Our aims for our children can be divided into four areas which we believe are equally essential for well rounded and continued growth and development throughout childhood and into adult life.

Our children need to:

  1. Be inspired by their school experience
  2. Develop a breadth of knowledge, skills and understanding
  3. Grow as citizens
  4. Become lifelong learners

These four elements are the chief purpose for everyone here at Southwark. Each and every member of the school community can make invaluable contributions to help us achieve these aims for all of our children.

An Inspirational School Experience

Our children will be inspired by their school experience through:

  • High quality teaching and feedback 
  • Positive role models from adults and peers 
  • Creating and participating in an exciting and engaging curriculum including art, music, dance and drama
  • Enriched curriculum experiences - visiting places of special interest including the opportunity to take part in residential visits
  • Taking an active role in the school, local, national and global community
  • Sharing in uplifting spiritual experiences
  • Developing positive relationships with all members of the school community
  • Being an inspiration to one another. 

Gaining Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

Our children will develop a breadth of knowledge, skills and understanding appropriate to age and ability from the moment they arrive in Foundation to when they leave in Year 6, by:

  • Achieving excellent standards in literacy and numeracy
  • Gaining excellent skills in computing
  • Gaining an excellent understanding of science and design technology
  • Developing their physical and sporting skills alongside sportsmanship and personal achievement
  • Gaining an excellent understanding and appreciation of geography, history, art, music and dance
  • Gaining an excellent understanding and appreciation of world cultures and religions

Becoming a positive citizen

Our children will grow as citizens by:

  • Learning high standards of responsible behaviour, care, co-operation, courtesy, consideration 
  • Understanding that all people are unique and special with different talents, abilities and needs
  • Appreciating and celebrating differences in gender, race, ability, culture, and religion
  • Understanding the importance of routines, boundaries and rules through the promotion of learning behaviours
  • Learning and caring about the social and environmental issues across the globe and within their own community
  • Learning to look after their bodies, keep safe and form healthy, positive relationships
  • Taking an active part in school decisions
  • Respecting themselves, the school and the wider community
  • Having high expectations of themselves

Becoming a Lifelong Learner

Our children will become lifelong learners by:

  • Growing in confidence, independence and self-esteem in a safe, secure and stimulating environment
  • Gaining the emotional intelligence to make the right choices in our complex and ever-changing world
  • Developing a wide range of thinking skills and taking responsibility for their own learning
  • Having a rich and diverse curricular experience including access to inspirational and engaging learning opportunities
  • Involving their own community and family in their learning
  • Engaging in extra-curricular activities to develop a passion for new activities
  • Valuing their own achievements and those of others
  • Developing the confidence to have a go and not fear failure
  • Recognising that mistakes are acceptable and we can learn from them
  • Valuing learning and having high expectations of themselves