Welcome from the Headteacher

Launch of the University of Cambridge Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) supported by the LEGO foundation
Dr Biddulph with learners at UCPS.

A very warm welcome to our school.

I loved school and I still love learning. That is what we aim for at the University of Cambridge Primary School: a real love of learning, extending beyond school into each child’s life.

We want children excited about coming to school, engaged purposefully in their learning and able to articulate their views in polite, respectful and positive ways. I expect learning opportunities to be irresistible and will work closely with colleagues to develop what we do and how we do it.

Our vision is built on our three principles:  Ambition, Innovation and Inclusion. Drawing from the extensive education research into high quality learning and teaching, as exemplified in the Cambridge Primary Review, our curriculum intends to provide an holistic learning experience, informed by strong values which emphasise equality, compassion and community in which everyone’s voice is welcome and valued. It is through our inclusive, warm and caring approach that we know our children will flourish, to reach their academic and social potential and move along their learning journey confidently, with courage and with humility.

We are fortunate to have an established partnership with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, which is rated as outstanding by Ofsted. Our school will be a hub for the learning of academics and new teachers, many of whom we will support in their own professional development and we aspire to influence national and international research and thinking about teaching and learning in the 21st century.

Being an educator is a privilege and a great responsibility. All the staff at our school are aware of this and will work in partnership to ensure that every child is prepared to meet their life challenges, with high standards and memorable experiences across all curriculum domains, together with a reflective, compassionate understanding of themselves and the communities around them.

This is not an educational experiment. Instead, I want our University partnership to challenge thinking about learning so that the University of Cambridge Primary School is a place of inspiring learning, respected and admired because our youngsters live out our values, are creative and independent, caring and well mannered, able to rise successfully to their life and learning challenges.

I hope that you choose to be part of our journey and look forward to meeting you.

With kind wishes

Dr James Biddulph
Head Teacher