Our Mission

Nurturing Compassionate Citizens

The University of Cambridge Primary School aims to be:

  • Inclusive: where everyone is welcome in a caring environment.
  • Ambitious: where everyone is encouraged and enabled to achieve highly.
  • Innovative: where we have a mindset to be creative, aspirational and inspired.

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 inclusion, ambition, and innovation through a culture in which empathy, respect, trust, courage and gratitude are explicitly and implicitly taught.

  • 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.

The importance of collaboration will infuse the school community – so that together everyone achieves more.  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 partnership. Please click here to see our School Development Plan (an overview) for 2019-2020.

Our Curriculum

As the first University Training School, UCPS strives to provide a broad and balanced curriculum extending from the National Curriculum. We encourage curriculum innovation,  grounded in research evidence- based knowledge.

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, have courage to aim higher and strive.  These values are taught across the curriculum and are embedded within the ethos of the school.

Our expertly designed building has drawn from research into educational spaces from across the globe; as such we also 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. We are very fortunate to have a large outdoor space that we consider to be an additional learning space with opportunities for outdoor learning.

A Research-Informed Curriculum

We aim to nurture 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. We want children to have good knowledge and the skills to be able to apply this knowledge to their world.

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 diversities in all forms, knowing that this contributes to greater understanding of our selves. Our policies, curriculum and pedagogy 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. If you would like support with any of the above, please come and speak to us. We have a number of connections with organisations that we can signpost you to if you require any additional pastoral support from what is offered in school.

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