"The children are at the heart of everything we do and Christ is the light that guides us." John 8: 12
Here at Lostock Gralam Church of England Primary School we believe in being Ready, Respectful and Safe. These are our three school rules.
We consider ‘education’ to be about the whole child, their attainment, progress and very importantly their wellbeing and happiness in school and with their families. We build close relationships with parents and families to ensure that children are safe and happy at home and value coming to school.
Our three simple school rules Ready, Respectful and Safe are understood by all children and are used consistently by our whole school community. The children are treated consistency by all adults in school and with respect. Each classroom has the same high expectations of behaviour for learning. The children work together to achieve a class goal with regards to behaviour. This team effort helps the children to encourage one another, praise one another and celebrate achieving a full recognition board together. School is safe, consistent and fun. The children feel important and valued. They want to come to school. Our strong PSHCE curriculum and No Outsiders ethos supports our Christian school vision, that everyone is welcome in our school. "Treat others as you want to be treated." Luke 6: 31 Children know that we will go above and beyond through a trauma informed approach. Consistent restorative conversations through the use of our script, ELSA, Drawing and Talking and Play Therapy to name a few enable our children to feel safe, important and listened to.
We firmly believe in praise, praise and more praise. We praise in public and reprimand in private. We celebrate children’s efforts and achievements through positive notes home, phone calls home, class recognition boards, Twitter, Christian Value stickers, Super Star Praise Book Friday (Time with the Headteacher sharing achievements over a drink and a snack) and a place at the Top Table each Friday lunchtime. We are deliberately bothered about our children. We show them that we care, we notice them, we listen which in turn means that the children have positive attitudes towards school.
A fun, engaging broad and balanced curriculum provides exciting learning opportunities for all of our children. Sports clubs, music lessons and a wide range of extra-curricular activities promotes positive attitudes and provides our children with the belief that they can be anything that they want to be. ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23
Our Mastery approach supports all learners to achieve their full potential, creates calm and purposeful learning environments by valuing each child as in individual. Quality first teaching and bespoke SEND support allow barriers to learning to be explored. Same day intervention allows the children’s confidence and self-esteem to grow making them want to learn more. Worshipping together in our school community gives the children a sense of belonging, a pride in our school and firm affiliation with the importance of education.
Our children say:
I feel listened to and understood
We work together as a team to all get on the Recognition Board, we encourage each other.
No grownups shout at us.
It feels calm and happy.