The University of Cambridge Primary School aims to be:
- Ambitious: everyone will be 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.
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.
Every voice: a culture of ideas
Our school ethos values the importance of empowerment and agency. All children, staff and families will be encouraged to contribute ideas about how the school community can enable learning to be irresistible.
Listening to children and encouraging dialogue and debate will be central to our whole school approach. We aim to develop mixed-age circle meetings throughout the school where every member of the community can contribute their views, trusting that their voice will be heard.
The University of Cambridge Primary School will build on and extend the new National Curriculum. In doing so, it will strive for curriculum breadth, balance and coherence. It will also facilitate curriculum innovation, with such innovation grounded in research evidence- based knowledge of curriculum developments in primary education. Such developments may derive from research conducted within the school itself, in collaboration with partners or from findings in the wider national and international research community.
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.
Embracing & celebrating diversity
Our school is founded on democratic principles as articulated in the Cambridge Primary Review 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 difference. Our policies, curriculum and pedagogy will promote the values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
We teach, practice, and appreciate open-mindedness and awareness, explicitly developing respect for diversity 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 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.