Ethos, Values & Qualities
Character of the School:
We indicate our mission to develop young citizens and equip them to embrace the world beyond our community by naming our classes after Nobel Peace Prize winners.
According to Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize shall be awarded to the person who in the preceding year “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reducing of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.
Our children learn about prize winners who have done their best to benefit mankind in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace.
Everything we do is guided by the principles and purpose, practice and pedagogy of our Sponsoring Trust, Turner Schools:
Trust purpose and principles:
To be culturally literate is to possess the basic information needed to thrive in the modern world E.D. Hirsch Jnr
Turner Schools exists to help all children learn to thrive in the modern world
In the service of this purpose, three principles underpin all our activities:
Our job is to equip our pupils with the knowledge that makes them skilled. We structure and sequence the knowledge we teach through subjects.
We believe that hard work is essential for success in education and in life. We model it in our expectations and in our conduct.
Through team-work and toleration, we can achieve more together than we can alone. We aim to be a force for good where we work and live. Turner Schools
Trust Practice and Pedagogy:
The HEART model helps us ensure that our practice embodies our principles. It also reminds us that everything we do should come from a place of love, putting children first.
High expectations – staff working together to ensure all pupils reach the highest standards
Enthusiasm – we are committed to positive attitudes towards learning and work
Academics – an academically rigorous curriculum, founded on tried and tested subjects
Reading – everyone a reader
Trust – trust in all relationships
For this reason, we say that we are ‘schools with HEART’
All members of Morehall staff take a positive and proactive approach to the care of children, and in return we expect the highest standards in behaviour, participation and attendance. Teachers and staff at Morehall address children by their first names and are familiar not only with the children in their class, but the whole school.
We ensure that parents know how crucial these factors are to academic success, and work in partnership with other agencies to give parents the support they need.
Children have the best chance for success in education and in life by attending school regularly and on time so as not to miss any learning. We expect full attendance by all pupils therefore, and will undertake intervention should a child’s attendance fall below 97%.
At Morehall we expect the highest standards of behaviour. Our behaviour code is applied in every lesson and day-to-day through our school rules. You will see the rules in written form in all classrooms because the children are taught the rationale behind them. Far more important than seeing our rules in writing, however, is experiencing how they embody the ethos of Morehall Primary, shaping how we learn, how we interact with each other, and how we conduct ourselves.
We use non-verbal cues to direct conduct in a positive manner than does not interfere with learning. Your children should be able to show you our ‘stop sign’, ‘your turn-my turn’ and the ‘talk to your partner’ signs which derive from our Read Write Inc. literacy programme.