Our Mission

Nurturing Compassionate Active Citizens

The University of Cambridge Primary School aims to be:

  • Ambitious: everyone is encouraged and enabled to achieve and attain highly
  • Innovative: the learning community will benefit from belonging to a research and teacher education community both within the school itself and as part of wider University and school partnerships
  • Inclusive: diversity will be welcomed in a caring environment where everybody will be valued.

Our Values

We do not believe that learning is a competition.  Instead we expect everyone to strive hard to develop the mindsets to go further than they expected.  We foster our three principles of ambition, innovation and inclusion through a culture in which empathy, respect, trust, courage and gratitude are explicitly and implicitly taught within a democratic community.  We want every voice to be valued and everyone empowered to be the best that he or she can be.

The importance of collaboration will infuse the school community – so that together everyone achieves more.

  • Empathy: listening carefully to others, learning together for the benefit of all
  • Respect: treating everyone with dignity
  • Trust: building relationships with a shared vision
  • Courage: developing resilience, determination and releasing the imagination to develop possibility-thinking attitudes
  • Gratitude: acknowledging one another with good manners, with thoughtfulness and consideration for each member of our community and the contribution they make.

Our Curriculum

The University of Cambridge Primary School builds on and extends the National Curriculum. It aims to be broad and balanced.  We encourage curriculum innovation, with such innovation grounded in research evidence- based knowledge of curriculum developments in primary education.

At the core of our curriculum is the hope to nurture and develop compassionate citizens who want to make a positive contribution to their local and global worlds.  The curriculum and our teaching passionately advocates to inspire a relentless optimism for and about all children.

We want children to be kind, aim higher and strive to be the best that they can be through our five core values.  These values are taught across the curriculum and are embedded within the ethos of the school.

At the University of Cambridge Primary School, we are very fortunate to have a large outdoor space that we consider to be an additional learning space with opportunities for outdoor learning.  Our expertly designed building has drawn from research into educational spaces from across the globe; as such we have an additional learning street between each open plan classroom space.  The Learning Street aims to engage children in different learning opportunities, inspiring trust, creativities, self-discipline and autonomy and to deepen what is taught in classrooms through playful enquiry.

The curriculum will also facilitate the voice of children in relation to what and how they learn. Teachers will engage with valued forms of knowledge and, as part of the emphasis on pupil voice, will promote active engagement in learning. There will also be opportunities to study musical instruments and languages, and sports will also be provided as part of an extended school day and through holiday clubs.

A Research-Informed Curriculum

Curriculum design is a powerful leaver to engage children in being compassionate citizens who make a difference to their world.  We take the responsibility very seriously and have designed our curriculum with three pedagogic tools at the core: Habits of Mind, Oracy and Dialogue and Playful Enquiry.  There is a rich literature base for each pedagogic tool.  The link gives more detail – a detailed look at our curriculum design.

Embracing & celebrating diversity

Our school is founded on democratic principles as articulated in the Cambridge Primary Review (Alexander, 2010) and in the DfE’s guidance related to British values.

We value and seek to celebrate diversity in all its forms, knowing that this contributes to greater understanding of our selves. Our policies, curriculum and pedagogy will promote the values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect that embraces the diversities of belief systems and religions.

We teach, practise, and appreciate open-mindedness and awareness, explicitly developing respect for diversities and the richness that this brings, including ethnicity, socioeconomic situations, religion, gender, national origin, family composition, sexual orientation, transgender, physical/health or psychological difference, age, disability and political affiliation. We encourage our students to be compassionate active citizens, questioning and countering various forms of prejudice. Please see our Diversity Statement in our policy section.

The school is committed to ensuring the safety of all children and take their responsibility to safeguard against extremist views following our Prevent Duty.