• An exciting school where children are healthy and safe in a caring and supportive environment. (CHILD)
• A happy, welcoming and inclusive school where communication is highly valued and everyone has a voice. (CHILD)
• A school focused on high expectations of pupils’ learning and achievements. (PUPIL)
Headteacher’s Introduction and Explanation
At Swalecliffe, we are committed to meeting the needs of the whole child in a child first, pupil second philosophy. We want children to be happy, safe and secure at school, and recognise they have basic requirements that need to be met before they can be successful pupils. Put simply, unhappy children will not learn effectively.
Praise and a genuine interest in the children is vital in motivating them (adopting their ideas and taking account of their views are powerful examples of this). Swalecliffe School is a no put-down zone, where children are cared for and cared about, and never ridiculed or belittled. Progress in any field must be made, praised and rewarded in a culture which is caring and tolerant whilst demanding the highest standards of learning, achievement and behaviour.
We have a broad, child-centred curriculum which offers children learning that is, both relevant to them and interesting (exciting) for them, whilst ensuring as a pre-requisite they develop the essential skills in reading, writing and maths.
We believe that Early Years and the start of school is the most important to get right. Get the start right and it makes the rest of children’s education so much more likely to be happy and successful.
We believe that learning must be tailored to the individual needs of the children in the class and that every class needs addressing differently to ensure equality of opportunity.
It is a challenge to make this a reality, but one that is worth the time and effort involved. If we do so we will have achieved my aims I shared with staff on my first day at Swalecliffe, which are:
My Three Main Aims
1) To build on all that is Good or better about Swalecliffe and to make it an
2) To make it the best school in the area in every way, where other local schools look
to Swalecliffe for help, support and inspiration.
(To do this through collaboration and not in competition–apart from in Sporting fixtures!)
3) To achieve this together.
Mr B Cooper