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WestlandsFirst School

Vision and Ethos

“Together, we are a rainbow of possibilities.”

Our Vision and Ethos

Our ethos is based upon the belief that it is our job, as educators, to give every child the life chances they deserve, no matter what their starting point or barriers.  At Westlands, however, we are more than just teachers; we go above and beyond just academics.  We believe that every child is talented, original and has something important to say.  It is our mission to help each child identify their unique talents, unlock their full potential in life and flourishing into confident, happy, caring members of the community.   We never place a ceiling on our expectations for our pupils and as a result, push our children to strive tirelessly to achieve their full potential, chase their dreams and achieve more than they ever believed possible.

In our school the culture is centred around mutual respect.  All stakeholders have a voice and are valued for their opinions, their beliefs and their backgrounds.   We aim for all of our children to develop independence from a young age and we nurture them as they grow into inquisitive, sociable and resilient young people. 

Our Values

After much discussion with our pupils and staff, we have identified five core values, which underpin everything we do in school.  These values are embodied by our school mascot  ? the Persevering Penguin, a creature which survives against the odds, cares for others and achieves incredible things.

Perseverance

We persevere because we understand that some of our best lessons in life come from our worst mistakes.  Mistakes and failure are a crucial part of learning and not something to be feared.  After all, none us learnt to walk without falling over a few times!  Mistakes and failure are the key to success but we have to develop the courage to overcome them and learn from them.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  Thomas Edison

Caring

We care about ourselves; we care about other people; we care about our community and our environment.  We believe that caring is the key to creating a better world for everyone.  Being caring helps us to strengthen our relationships and develop meaningful emotional connections with others.  When we allow ourselves to show care to those around us, we are truly allowing ourselves to live happier, more complete lives.

Acceptance

We accept others regardless of any differences.  We believe that acceptance and tolerance are the first principle of building a strong community both within our school and in the wider world.  With acceptance and a deeper understanding of others we can achieve happier relationships and a establish peace.  After all, we are all more similar than we are different.  We also encourage our children to accept responsibility for their own choices and actions.  At Westlands we accept that everyone makes mistakes and when things do go wrong, children are encouraged to use their ‘personal power’ to put things right.  Children at Westlands understand that ‘positive choices’ will earn praise and recognition; ‘negative choices’ lead to reflection and an opportunity to put things right.

“The highest result of education is tolerance.” Helen Keller

Respect

We respect ourselves, the people around us, our school, our community and the wider world.  At Westlands one of our core beliefs is to treat others how we would like to be treated.  If we are to develop into strong, healthy individuals, we have to learn to respect ourselves and our bodies first.  Respect is about listening to other people and hearing what they have to say.  Respect is about manners and courtesy.  We need to respect our environment and the wider world if we are to build a better and brighter future.  Respect is very much a mirror; the more we show it to other people, the more they will reflect it back;  in time this will develop high levels of mutual respect within both our school and the wider community.

Confidence

We aspire for all of our children to be self-confident.   Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity and wonder.   If we believe in ourselves we will gain in strength and courage to tackle challenges that we never thought possible.  If we are confident in ourselves, then we will help others to be confident too.

“It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.”  Oprah Winfrey

We believe that building confidence ensures that our children become resilient with a greater determination to succeed.  At Westlands we always encourage our children to try new things and embrace challenges.  We teach our children that mistakes and set-backs are merely stepping stones along the path to greater success.