Westwood First School Vision Statement – To be the best we can be

Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.


As a community of children, parents, staff and governors our shared vision for Westwood First School is that all our learners:

·         Achieve the best possible outcomes both academic and social

·         Approach life and learning with confidence, curiosity, excitement and enjoyment

·         Enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum that enables us to aim high and feel supported to achieve our potential

·         Are  independent and demonstrate a ‘have a go’ mind-set, whilst also working well as part of a team, knowing how and where to seek and offer help and advice

·         Have the courage to take risks and recognise failure as an important stepping stone to learning, believing that ‘if it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you’

·         Have the social skills, respect and tolerance to build and sustain good relationships with others

·         Are self-aware, self-disciplined and choose to act responsibly, respectfully and kindly

·         Appreciate the riches and diversity of our own and other cultures and communities

·         Have a sense of belonging within school and the wider community with an awareness of the wider world and its opportunities

·         Leave us equipped to learn for life with an understanding that ‘moving on’ and ‘transition’ are part of life so that we continue to develop as happy, fulfilled and confident citizens


We will achieve this by ensuring that parents, staff and governors share a positive philosophy which is based on:

·         openness, honesty, accessibility, cooperation and involvement

·         developing everyone’s self-esteem and a belief that there is potential in everyone to grow and develop –children and adults alike

·         developing the learning skills and attributes of every child to be the best they can be throughout their lives

·         a commitment to teaching and learning which is rigorous, inspiring, stimulating and fun

·         providing an exciting, relevant curriculum which promotes enjoyment, participation and high standards

·         creating effective partnerships between school and parents/carers to enhance children’s learning

·         ensuring stakeholder voices are sought, heard and acted upon as far as possible

·         celebrating achievements of all kinds


We know this because:

·         Children make expected or greater than expected progress from their on-entry points with their learning and personal development

·         Parents and children tell us that they enjoy learning and coming to school. Their mental health and well being are well-supported.

·         Children demonstrate “Be the best you can be” in their learning and behaviour in and around school. They learn to make the right choices for their safety.

·         The children are becoming more confident and successful learners, well-equipped to meet the challenges of the next stage of their education with a growing understanding of their role as a global citizen


Rights Respecting School

Westwood First School’s vision, ethos and aims are rooted in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The best interests of the child are a top priority in all our actions and we are committed to placing the values and principles of the Convention at the heart of all our policies and practice.

We achieved the Rights Respecting School Level 2 award in June 2016, the first school in Staffordshire to do so! We were very pleased to gain this award because it reflects the vision, ethos and aims of our school and the values, beliefs and attitudes that we feel are so important to develop.

Have a look on our curriculum page to find out more about our learning as a Rights Respecting School.


British Values

At Westwood First School we aim to prepare our students to become good citizens of the future. Through our curriculum and our ethos as a Rights Respecting School we teach pupils British values and how to celebrate diversity. We aim to raise their awareness of radicalisation and extremist views, whatever the source, and have adopted the principles and advice found in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018’ and the ‘Prevent Strategy’ to achieve this. These are incorporated into our school policy on tackling extremism.

Please see our policies page for further information.

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