"We want to equip our children with the skills, knowledge and qualities so that they are happy today, fulfilled in the future and able to make their world an even better place."
The Spinney is a happy, creative, welcoming and OfSTED "outstanding" primary school set in Cherry Hinton, one of the villages to the south of the City of Cambridge. The Spinney serves children and families from within the school's catchment area and beyond. We are very proud of the linguistic, social, ethnic and cultural diversity of the families that we serve and we take an active role in our community.
It has been my privilege to have been the Head teacher here since 2007 and I am very proud of the entire Spinney Team of children, colleagues, parents and partners.
There is a strong community feel to the Spinney with thoughtful and supportive parents and carers, a wonderful Friends association, a dedicated and talented collegiate faculty of educators, an effective and skilled governing body and delightful, enthusiastic, confident, thoughtful and articulate children.
"The aim of education is to enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens." Sir Ken Robinson
The school's mission statement is "Teaching and Learning Together" and this is central to our ethos. The Spinney's on-going success is a team effort and we all work hard to ensure that the children have a positive learning experience every day.
The Spinney offers a local/global creative and connected curriculum designed to educate the whole child. Arts, creativity, culture, innovation and imagination are valued and taught alongside academic, intellectual and STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects.
At The Spinney we value the uniqueness of every child. We personalise our approach and provide rich learning opportunities designed to promote pro-social and sustainable "future-proof" skills including communication, cooperation, collaboration, compassion and critical and creative thought. We encourage our children to be self-motivated and active learners and they are invited to work with family members on projects at home, that allow them to explore, make, bake, design, write, investigate or create as part of personalised blended learning.
"We can teach children that if they take care of their friends, they can achieve extraordinary things, not just in their own lives but for all humankind."
We encourage our pupils to be confident and articulate communicators, to think of themselves as global citizens with a developing awareness of broad social and ecological issues and to understand that they can be changemakers with the power to make a positive difference in their school, community and world. Where appropriate our curriculum links to the United Nations' Sustainable goals including Education for Sustainable Development & Global Citizenship.
"By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development."
The Spinney is a National Teaching School and the lead school of The Kite Teaching School Alliance. The Spinney is a forward thinking and outward reaching learning community, working with parents, volunteers and a wide range of educational and other partners to ensure that we offer an excellent and enjoyable curriculum and an effective, relevant and researched-based pedagogy.
The Spinney has a lot to offer our children and we always keep them at the heart of everything we do.
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Head teacher/National Leader of Education
"We want an education system based on hope not fear, one that appreciates the humanity of human beings." Yong Zhao