BOROUGH OF POOLE - EDUCATION COMMITTEE
MERLEY FIRST SCHOOL
The Best for All
The Best from All
Merley First School is a friendly, caring and welcoming community where enthusiastic learning takes place. We value creativity, independence and co-operation. We are committed to excellent standards within a happy environment.
We aim to:
- Encourage a zest for learning so that children learn how to learn as a skill for life.
- Value and respect diversity and provide opportunities for individuals irrespective of race, gender, background or ability.
- Develop children’s academic and emotional intelligence, confidence and independence.
- Help each child to reach their potential, academically, socially, morally, spiritually and culturally.
- Teach a broad and rich curriculum which includes the skills and knowledge of the National Curriculum as well as creativity and the values of responsibility, respect and care for others and a sustainable environment.
- Provide a safe, stimulating and well-resourced learning environment.
- Celebrate success.
- Have a continual focus on improvement
- Foster the partnership of pupils, parents and carers, staff, governors, other schools and the wider community.
- Prepare children for a future as responsible, caring citizens, able to make considered choices.
To help us achieve our aims we have a strategic vision for learning at Merley First School which guides our development.
Strategic Vision for Merley First School
We have a whole school learning culture where:
- Is purposeful and stimulating
- Takes place within a flexible and integrated curriculum
- Takes account of the whole child
- Is personalised so that the “next steps” are clear for each child
- Is creative and fun
- Uses the environment fully and responsibly, indoors and out
- Has high expectations for learning and behaviour
- Can initiate their own learning and make choices
- Become independent learners
- Are engaged
- Support each other within and across the age groups
- All make the best progress they can
- Are learning too, making learning the focus of their own learning
- Listen to children
- Are confident in their skills in facilitating this learning environment and able to plan and track children’s progress in it
- With professional integrity, can make decisions in the best interests of children.
To help us to achieve this vision we are a Rights Respecting School; we use the principles of Assessment for Learning; we use Peer Mediation and a restorative justice approach.