Newbury Park Primary School (NPPS) is a large community school in the London Borough of Redbridge and serves a very diverse multicultural and multi-faith community. We want to become a Centre of Excellence for Learning in Primary Education [aka, getting everyone to the top of the very tall tree, click on story link below.]
2. Core Purpose (Mission)
At the heart of it all is our quest to inspire all pupils as learners, to take care for their wellbeing and safety, and fully prepare them for the possibilities, opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
3. Holistic Approach
We always focus on our key priorities and meeting the needs of our pupils for their: Academic Achievement; Personal Development and Social Awareness, and to shape confident, well-rounded, resilient and hard-working individuals who contribute positively to our community and society.
Our teaching of oracy for pupils' deeper learning and its links to reading and writing in building vocabulary is vital to our pupils. They will need this basic knowledge to help find out more, and to develop and apply skills across the curriculum in order to progress learning.
In addition, preparation for life in modern day Britain requires the development of knowledge and skills to understand and participate fluently within the British Culture. The teaching of reading and the exposure to, immersion in and experience of a wide range of literature through which cultural literacy can be acquired, is therefore a high priority across the school and has a greater proportion of time given to it in the school timetable.
We promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. These are firmly embedded throughout our curriculum and helps to support the holistic development of all our pupils. We identify ‘British Values’ as: Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect & the inclusion of different faiths and beliefs.
Our school values (RICA), expectations (ABCDE), Behaviours and Rights are very important to us. They provide the foundations for the way we conduct ourselves and the actions we take in developing as a high performing learning organisation. They embed a fierce drive to cherish identity, celebrate diversity and ensure inclusion and equality for all protected characteristics.
4. Team, Community & Cultural Heritage
Our families come from a diverse cultural heritage; the majority of pupils are multilingual and are at different stages of acquiring English as an additional language. Celebrating this cultural heritage and valuing the existing linguistic skills of our pupils is a core component in the development of our positive learning culture.
Our school community and partnerships work as a strong team to ensure the very best for our pupils. This context steers our strategic direction and decision-making processes and guides our holistic approach - the way we work, the design of our school curriculum, how it is taught and how it is assessed.
Above all, our education, the teaching and learning within it, is not just about what we do, it is about who we are and why we are here.