The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

School Values

Our values are important to us at The Spinney as they inform the quotidian (the day-to-day) and the strategic work and vision of our school. Thus values can be understood as a noun and as a verb! There are seven values in the school as many as the colours of the rainbow. These are displayed on the school website and in the school.


Our seven school values are:

Child-centredness - a belief in the paramouncy of the safety and well-being of the child. The school and its resources are oriented towards securing the optimal outcomes and opportunity for the child and we keep the child at the heart of everything that we do.


Team work and Community - "if we want to go fast we travel alone, if we want to go far we travel together!" This values reflects our belief in our school as a community working with families and parents as partners in learning as well as with the whole wider school community.


Excellence - This value directs us towards securing effective and efficient systems as well as expecting the very best from ourselves and each other in terms of academic, social and behavioural outcomes.


Learning - Our school mission statement is "Teaching and Learning Together" and speaks to the pedagogic theories of Paolo Freire and dialogic egalitarian practice. This value reminds us that we are all learners, and that our school curriculum is a co-constructed and shared social experience.


Improvement - Learning and Improvement go hand in hand as we aim to improve and achieve our full potential. We are therefore open to suggestions, ways forward and constructive feedback. In the school we also talk about the word Kaizen - Good and continuous improvement.


Responsibility - This is our sixth value and links to our Spinney Sustainable Take Care Agreements which are for our whole community. "Take care of ourselves, Take care of each other, Take care of our learning, Take care of our school, community and world, Take care for the future."


Optimism - Our final value is about joy, happiness, kindness and positivity, and our belief in each other. We know that we all have the ability to achieve our goals given the right opportunities and the removal of barriers.

Our Values Support us to Achieve our School Aims


To provide an education which develops the child, intellectually, academically, physically, socially, emotionally, culturally and morally.


To provide a rich stimulating curriculum that promotes high expectations and secures high standards through engaging, interactive, and stimulating programmes of study.


To provide an environment where each child is valued as an individual with unique skills and talents and is made to feel special and unique.


To encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning and be encouraged to achieve their potential.


To offer a local/global connected and creative curriculum where children are encouraged to take care of and appreciate the world and the people around them.


To provide a broad-based curriculum, including delivery of the National Curriculum:

  • Which secures high attainment in the core skills of reading, writing, maths, and science
  • In addition to securing good knowledge and skills in the foundations subjects including humanities as well as cultural knowledge and skills in sport, art, music and drama
  • To develop the ability to observe, question, collaborate, hypothesise and solve problems
  • To develop communication and pro-social skills including managing emotions and speaking confidently to an audience


To build a strong sense of a learning community based on positive communication and effective partnerships between home and school.


To encourage and expect parents to take an active role in their child's learning in school and support their child's learning at home.


To celebrate the rich diversity of our community, to be inclusive and to promote respect and tolerance of all religions, cultures and backgrounds.


To enable the children to

  • Develop creative and critical thought
  • Develop aesthetic and creative awareness
  • Investigate concepts of beauty in the natural and man-made world
  • Introduce them to the world of artists, writers and musicians, through visits and visitors
  • Develop a moral, social, cultural, and spiritual awareness
  • To develop learning links with a range of partners such as The Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle's Yard, Launcpad and The University of Cambridge