Vision and Ethos
The School’s Vision
At Thompson Primary School we take pride in developing our teaching and learning by holding the highest expectations of all our pupils and knowing the children well. We challenge all children to strive for academic, creative, sporting and personal accomplishment within a broad, vibrant and enriched curriculum.
Our students are given time to explore subjects and develop deep understanding. We celebrate perseverance, resilience and risk taking, ensuring children welcome challenge and are not frightened to make mistakes. At Thompson Primary School we work hard to develop growth mind-sets. We encourage children to take ownership of and responsibility for their learning, so they have the confidence and curiosity to ask questions, solve problems and respond to quality feedback. Children are praised for hard work, determination and having a positive attitude.
In order to create an inclusive school where everyone can flourish, whatever their background, we promote an ethos of respect and empathy, where diversity is valued and celebrated – both within school and the wider world. Safeguarding and welfare is extremely important and pupils are taught the virtues of kindness, appreciation and what it means to be courageous. Special care is taken to educate everyone in the Thompson community about the needs of others and how best to meet them. We foster open and honest communication with parents, carers and specialists and actively seek to engage with all members of the Thompson community in a positive and supportive manner.
High quality teaching is a key priority at Thompson Primary School and the relationship between staff and children underpins inspirational, supportive and effective teaching and learning. Staff are actively involved in identifying their support and training needs. We ensure that there is a wide range of quality training available and that staff are able to learn from each other and share good practice.
It is our aim for all children to leave Thompson Primary as independent learners with self-belief and a deep respect for others. We aim to instill a lifelong love for learning and a strong grounding for future success.
Our Trust shares the same co-operative ethos and values which are translated in to school life as C.A.R.E.
Confident – Our children will have their self esteem nurtured to enable them to be happy in themselves and achieve their full potential. We will ensure children are confident in their ability. We will ensure they are able to recognise the areas in which they are not as strong, and are confident in their strategies for progressing. Our children will be given the opportunity to speak in a variety of contexts and to a variety of audiences.
Able to meet future challenges – Our curriculum, both inside and outside the school day, will give the children the skills they need to take to Secondary school and beyond. We will encourage them to have aspirations and ambitions, to ‘dream big dreams’. Our children will not only learn to ask questions but to research answers, analyse information and question plausibility. We will prepare our children for a world that is changing technologically every day. Our children will understand the value of money, be organised and know how to keep themselves safe and healthy.
Responsible members of the community – Our children will be encouraged to be respectful, polite and tolerant of others regardless of their differences, both within and outside of our school community. Our children will be kind and considerate. They will be able to work in teams, and communicate their ideas effectively. They will recognise their place in the variety of communities they are a part of. Older children will be role models for younger children. Their tolerance and consideration will enable them all to make friends happily with all groups, and to deal with disagreements in a sensible way. Our children will be proud of their school, their wider community and the part they play within those.
Underpinning these, our children will be:
Effective Learners – We will foster in our children their love of learning, promote their independence and encourage them to ask questions. We will challenge children to ‘have a go’ and ensure they are not afraid of trying new things or of making mistakes. We will enable them to recognise the value in listening to other people and celebrate their achievements. Above all, our children will be motivated to try their best.
As an academy the school is held to account by a group of Trustees who delegate responsibilities to a Local Governing Committee via a scheme of delegation. This enables governors to focus on the teaching and learning aspects of school life and to take a focused interest in to how the school functions. The full scheme of delegation for the group can be found here.
The Local Governing Committee is current made up of:
Chair of Governors – Sue Marsham
Vice Chair- Dale Wilder
Governors: Linda May, Karen Freeman, Jacqueline Bailey-Tufts, Diggory Harrison, Carol Hagget and Margaret Rutter.
All governors are required to declare any interests where they may make an appreciable gain from their role as a governor.