Intent Statement and School Vision
William Bellamy Primary School
Whole School Intent Statement
William Bellamy Primary School has a very clear intent at the core of our school community. This is to ensure that pupils are nurtured and recognised for who they are and what they can become. Nurture is ‘the care and attention given to someone or something that is growing or developing’. We believe that for pupils to learn and develop they need to feel safe, valued, recognised and acknowledged. This can only be achieved through a focus on nurture, diversity and inclusion. The intent is clear and this is evident through the relationships between all members of the school community, the pupil’s school experience and the diverse and inclusive curriculum pupils’ access. “The nurturing approach offers a range of opportunities for children and young people to engage with missing early nurturing experiences, giving them the social and emotional skills to do well at school and with peers, develop their resilience and their capacity to deal more confidently with the trials and tribulations of life, for life. Pupils’ supported through a nurturing approach “tend to do better at school, attend regularly, form more meaningful friendships and are significantly less likely to offend or experience physical or mental health problems.” (What is nurture). We aim to ensure that all pupils have the best start to their education and all leaders, of every level, are committed to ensure that the progress pupils make whilst at the school is good and that pupils are equipped to access the next stage of their learning. We are aspirational for all pupils regardless of their social and economic background, religion, ethnicity or Special Education Need.
William Bellamy Primary School hold core values of respect, equality, ambition, compassion, resilience, confidence and curiosity. We aim to ensure that pupils leave our school with a clear understanding of these values and how to demonstrate them throughout their lives. The school invests in this through the implementation of Unicef’s Rights Respecting award, whole school Boxall profiles and significant Nurture and Inclusion provision. These values underpin the curriculum, which has been designed to be ambitious, authentic, and relevant and to inspire enthusiasm for learning. Making learning memorable and rich allows pupils to fully embed the knowledge and skills to allow maximum progress and to support pupil well-being and happiness.
We provide first hand learning experiences that allow pupils to develop interpersonal skills, spark curiosity and build resilience. We celebrate our school identity and diversity through the unique experiences that our curriculum provides. We have developed a rich and varied menu of enhancement opportunities to engage learning and recognise individuality and build a sense of community. We ensure that we challenge misconceptions of pupils who belong to different groups due to their ethnic identity, religious beliefs, personal/gender identity, disability and/or sexuality and empower pupils to realise that there long term aspirations are not limited.
William Bellamy Primary School provides a highly inclusive environment where learners enjoy their education. Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. Those who are most able are challenged, and given opportunities to expand and deepen their skills and knowledge through a varied curriculum. Those who find learning more difficult are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills, to develop at their own pace and to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs. This approach provides pupils’ opportunities to build resilience and learn without limits. William Bellamy Primary School never puts a ceiling on learning and all are supported to show their resilience, ambition and confidence by pushing boundaries.
William Bellamy Primary Schools focus on nurture extends to all staff. We believe that in order for pupils to feel safe and have the best learning we need a stable, happy, productive and proactive staff. In order to achieve this staff are supported to be their very best through appropriate professional development, meaningful monitoring and appropriate challenge. The school invests in wellbeing, mental health support and a leadership team that are open and value all school colleagues.
William Bellamy Primary School’s focus on curriculum development is always carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression and develop a range of transferable skills.
A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, provide a purpose and relevance for learning and ultimately to help every pupil to find strengths and interests. To enable this the school invests in curriculum both through appointing middle leaders to lead curriculum focused areas, financially investing in resources and experiences and ensures the school development focus’ on curriculum development.
The school has implemented a rich curriculum, which enables pupils to achieve by;
Ensuring there are clear learning outcomes for all subjects allowing for progression, challenge and reinforcement of key knowledge and skills.
Ensuring that English and Mathematical skills have application opportunities across the curriculum and that cross curricular links are authentic, deepen or extend learning and enrich understanding. Links are not made if they are superficial.
Ensuring that Rights Respecting articles have clear, relevant links.
Ensuring staffing has maximum impact on good progress and learning alongside a commitment to the vision and values of the school.
Inspiring pupils to want to learn more and to enjoy learning through the development of cultural capital, enrichment activities and creative outcomes that are relevant to the pupils we teach and engage them in the learning process.
Promoting effective learning habits including perseverance, teamwork, creativity, empathy and reflectiveness.
This is fully implemented whilst ensuring that all learning opportunities are underpinned by the school core Nurture Principles and values.
The schools clear intent is well established, embedded and all stakeholders in the school are aware of what drives the curriculum and school experience. The intent of the school is implemented through a focused School Development Plan and Impact is measured using the parameters set out within this.
"We Learn... We Grow...Together"
At William Bellamy Primary School our children and families are at the very heart of everything we do.
We strive to create a culture and environment which inspires each individual within our school community to be the very best that they can be.
We are Nurturing
At William Bellamy we feel that our pupils’ emotional and social wellbeing is extremely important and is vital to enable them to make as much academic progress as possible. Our vision is our pupils are confident learners who are proud of their achievements. We want every pupil to feel that their school is a safe place and we will give them the tools to ensure that they know how to keep themselves emotionally and physically safe.
For some pupils this is more difficult, as a school we have an extensive Nurture Team and Family Support Team who also provide that much needed care for our pupils and their families as and when they require it.
We are Diverse
We are very proud of our multi-cultural school which serves a diverse community in Dagenham. We celebrate the diversity of the culture, religion and ethnicity of our families and staff. We are proud to be a school which represents the world! We learn and share from one another and believe that our School is better when we respect one another.
We are Inclusive
The nature of the community we serve allows us to develop and nurture a truly inclusive, vibrant and exciting school. We welcome pupils’ who have a range of needs and ensure that they are supported, challenged and developed to ensure that they have as many opportunities as possible. We have a strong team of adults who work incredible hard to break down any barriers to learning to ensure that every pupil makes the best possible progress they can.
We are Aspirational
We are an aspirational school, our staff and Governors are all working extremely hard to provide the best learning opportunities for our pupils. We have high expectations of all our learners and ensure they are challenged, whilst offering support to those pupils’ who need it.
We have a Growth Mindset
Everyone within our school is working towards having a ‘Growth Mindset’. We are working towards ensuring that every adult and child understands that intelligence and abilities can be developed through effort, persistence, trying different strategies and learning from mistakes. We are developing pupils’ resilience and ensuring that we never say we can’t do it, we just can’t do it yet!