Dominic Smart – Headteacher
Our School Council, in consultation with our pupils, developed our motto in 2016. It was taken from our belief that anything is possible and we must give every child in our care the opportunity to surprise us.
‘From possibility to reality…’
Our Vision Statement was finalised by the Governing Body in July 2018. It encapsulates our core values and our unbridled ambition for our children.
“We equip children with the skills and knowledge to achieve their true potential, and inspire them with a rich and varied curriculum. We are proudly committed to an inclusive approach, while ensuring an excellent learning environment for all our pupils.”
Learning to Learn
We want our children to become responsible citizens who care for their neighbours, community and the wider environment. It is most important that they understand how to look after themselves in this ever-changing world.
Accessing information has changed beyond all recognition in the past twenty years. Our global village means that we’re all interconnected more so now than ever before i.e. the international financial crisis, diminishing fossil fuels or climate change etc. Our children will need to develop these skills if they are to have a world perspective, to be able to debate about a problem, to have the strength of character to embrace and drive change, to know how to work effectively in a team, to be able to respond effectively to a challenge and to not be scared of being wrong.
We need to ensure all of our children have these skills because they will have to face failure in their lives, because they will enter several jobs (many of which haven’t been created or thought of yet), several markets, several new industries, several new worlds etc.
We need to identify those with particular skills – those who can debate; those who can find solutions; those who can think laterally; those who can manage teams; those who have vision; the future entrepreneur etc.
These Learning to Learn skills are the tools our children will need as they enter this brave new world. We have to think of ways which will encourage and nurture these skills in a safe and stimulating environment. If we offer them various exciting opportunities to help enable them to develop these successfully, we will be preparing our children for the future.
Through everything that we do, our children will learn about:
- Being Resourceful
- Being Reflective
Please see our Honour Roll to see how we reward children who demonstrate these skills.
Update – December 2019
Mr. Smart is working with the School Council to expand our school’s ethos. We are adding to the qualities we want a ‘De Bohun Child’ to have when they leave our school for the next stage of their journey.