Vision, values and aims

Our Vision

“Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow”

At Oakwood we believe that learning is a life long journey of discovery, new experiences and opportunities. We live in an evolving and ever-changing world and our learning should be relevant to our lives. Every day should be filled with happiness, excitement and wonder as we prepare for the next stage, the next challenge, the next memory.

Our vision is to inspire learning for life where children feel safe, valued and respected and have the confidence and self-belief to build the skills that they need for a bright and successful future.

Our vision is built on our core value of respect and the need to value ourselves, each other and our future. These values reflect the British Values as defined by the government in 2011.

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Our Values

“Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.”

Mahatma Gandhi

At Oakwood our school values underpin all that we do. They represent our beliefs on what is important to us as educators, to the children that we teach and to the school community as a whole. They were agreed through consultation with staff, pupils and Governors [including parent representation] and are reviewed annually.

Our values are embedded throughout the curriculum, our behaviours and the school environment. We teach them directly through school assemblies and our class councils and work hard to ensure that they are understood and exemplified by all.

At Oakwood we expect all members of our school community to respect our values and treat each other with the courtesy, respect and understanding that we all deserve.
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Pic 3At Oakwood we believe that we should respect ourselves, each other and our future. At school we learn with each other and from each other, accepting and respecting our differences. At Oakwood we listen to what each other say and respect our different ideas and opinions. We show courtesy and politeness to each other and our community.


Pic 4For Ourselves: We value Self-belief and Excellence
Our lives should be lived in a safe, secure and nurturing environment. At Oakwood we believe that you deserve to feel good about yourself, be proud of your achievements and believe that you can always improve through effort and hard-work. We should have the confidence to take risks, embrace challenge and the self assurance to solve problems and achieve our goals. At Oakwood we are committed to excellence and instilling the confidence to persevere without fear of failure.


Pic 5For Each other: We value Friendship and Collaboration
As friends we trust and understand one another. We are able to say how we feel and make mistakes without fear of judgement or prejudice. At Oakwood we want the best for each other and our friendship is based on honesty, trust and mutual respect. We believe that people achieve more through collaboration. We therefore understand what it means to be part of a team and work together to inspire learning and achieve great things.


Pic 6For Our future: We value Independence and Creativity
We should have the right to think and act independently with the capacity to make the correct choices that are ethically rooted for the good of ourselves and others. At Oakwood we encourage people to question, listen and debate so that our opinions and decisions are intellectually and morally justified.
At Oakwood we believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to learn in a creative environment that inspires you to imagine, explore ideas and concepts, and learn. Creativity of thought is encouraged and children and adult’s are able to explore their thinking and learning with confidence and intellect.

At Oakwood we learn today for life tomorrow.


Our Aims

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”


Pic 7Our school values help to drive the aims of our school. At Oakwood we aim for all of our children to be happy, confident individuals who are motivated to learn. We have high aspirations for ourselves and our children and believe that everyone has the capacity to grow and improve through effort and a growth mindset to learning. At Oakwood we are committed to ensuring the highest quality teaching and learning and promote a culture of collaboration and trust between staff, pupils and parents.

For ourselves: We aim for emotional security and happiness
We aim for our children to be happy and confident learners by providing a kind and caring environment, which fosters self-esteem and a sense of belonging.

For each other: We aim for respect and understanding
We aim for all our children to learn respect and develop moral values, valuing differences and having consideration for others. We recognise individual abilities, needs and differences. We aim for all our children to blossom free from bullying and discrimination, inequality and injustice.

For our future: We aim for excellence
We aspire to high standards for all our children, and aim to provide an inspirational curriculum based on real life experiences. We aim to give all our children a positive start to school and a firm foundation for learning for the rest of their lives.

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At Oakwood we give our best and our aim is excellence in all that we do.