at Westbury Park
"TRY TO MAKE TIME FOR THE SMALL THINGS" SAID BIG PANDA. "THEY ARE OFTEN THE MOST IMPORTANT." JAMES NORBURY, 'BIG PANDA,TINY DRAGON
Personal Development is at the heart of all we do. We highly value the integral skills taught through our curriculum, enrichment opportunities and school values to give our children the aspiration and commitment to become respectful citizens. We want each child to leave the school feeling confident, unique and proud. We aim to prepare our children to thrive in a changing world so that
‘together we discover tomorrow’.
Personal Development aims to help children understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are all part of growing up.
We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about British Values and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society.
We aim to give our children the strength of character to believe in themselves, be proud of where they come from and have a voice that will always be heard.
We work hard to develop the children’s resilience, confidence and independence so that they cooperate well with others- ready for a smooth transition and future success at secondary school.
We are a multicultural school; approximately 34% of the pupils are Non White British. Our school has 14 out of 17 possible ethnic groups, 11.5% of children have English as an additional language with 18 different languages spoken. The school population represents many different religions.
We recognise that school has an important part to play in responding to the impact of the pandemic on children’s social and emotional well being. We aim to provide a nurturing environment with sharp focus on pastoral care and enriching activities rather than solely on academic achievement.
WHAT WE DO IN REPSONSE TO OUR SCHOOL CONTEXT
Promote community cohesion to make every child feel part of our Westbury Park family; we want them to accept and celebrate difference to prepare them for life in modern Britain
offer a wide range of opportunities to take part in enriching creative arts and sports
Support children to stay mentally healthy, we recognise that children’s emotional well-being is just as important as their physical health. Our priorities are to help children to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.
Discrete PSHE lessons
Age appropriate understanding of healthy relationships
Cross-curricular links- English and RE (including debates and discussions) and PE
Staff members consistently model how to be a good citizen upholding school values
House enrichment opportunities
Specialist staff working with individuals and groups
Positive behaviour policy- restorative conversations
Celebrating positive learning attributes including a growth mindset attitude to learning
Extra curricular clubs
Focusing on mental and physical health
School Council and Eco Council
‘No Outsiders’ ethos
Celebrating different languages, cultures and religions
Outdoor activity trips and residentials
Visitors talking about their jobs
Close links with PCSOs
creating Westbury Park Citizens
The children will leave Westbury Park with a set of positive personality traits, dispositions and virtues that helps them to reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate well with others.