In the latter half of last year, many parents gave us some really helpful insight into their hopes and aspirations for their children. As I promised we have used this feedback (along with feedback from other stakeholders including pupils, staff and governors) to help define a new 5 year vision for the school. We want the vision to inspire ‘passion’ (a vision is probably a fairly pointless thing if it can’t do this) and, allied to this, we want the vision to be about our community. Minchinhampton is the kind of place that knows its own mind and, as the local school, we want to reflect this. Our school is full of unique, fascinating individuals; it is only right that we aim for our school to be a unique and exciting place.
This time around, as part of the process, we have reviewed all key elements of school policy and practice (for example our approach to delivering the curriculum and teaching and learning as well as relationships and communication) to ensure everything is in sync with the vision. Too often vision statements are cooked up in an afternoon, turned into a poster and left dusty on a wall, while the institution rolls on very much as before. We did not want this for our school. We wanted our vision to be all encompassing and all pervasive; for tendrils from its vision statement to reach down into every nook and cranny of school life.
We aim to communicate this far-reaching vision and its implications to you, gradually, over the next few months. This term we will be releasing clips from a film we have made as well as quotes from some great thinkers and statements from the full vision document: this to give you a growing flavour of the thing. The film clips are magical- courtesy of the ever so talented Mr Bradshaw. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
School Vision Feedback From Our Parents – Aspirations and Hopes for the Future
Thank you for all your feedback.
I have tried to pull together the common words/ phrases/ themes in the feedback we received.
In response to the question:
‘What do you want for your child by the time they leave this school in Year 6?’
-following own interests and passions
-basic/ important knowledge of the world
-for self sufficiency
-of different cultures and beliefs
-self knowledge—emotional/ health/ nutrition
-putting acquired knowledge into practice/ application of
-re community—learning in and about
-that inspires love of learning
-for environmental stewardship
-to listen, concentrate,
-social skills/ communication
-be reflective/ to help good judgement
-to be able to reason and argue
-re how to learn
-creative/ lateral thinking/ innovation
-skills that support a love of learning
-for problem solving
-emotional management…mental health
-skills that support resilience and a growth mindset
-ability to express thoughts and feelings
-relaxation and mindfulness
-language skills—other langauages
-kindness, politeness, respect, openness,
-appreciation of people who look, talk, think differently to them
-enjoy and appreciate everybody in the community
-that anything is possible
-be tenacious/ that mistakes are good
What sort of young person do you want them to be? How can we help them to become the person you would like them to be when they are 24?
-let them dream big
-encourage them to make a difference to the world
-able to use their initiative
-appreciate differences..appreciate what they have
-maintains positive relationships, is kind—tries not to judge others
-confident but not boastful
-a good citizen…a free thinker
-someone happy fulfilled positive valued
We have lifted some wording from the feedback and put it straight into the vision.
(Please know however that the full vision document is detailed and long and in layered so you might not spot them immediately.)
Wording going straight into full vision document:
* ‘Let them dream big’
* ‘smile a lot’
* ‘a curriculum with enough heart and breathing space’
* ‘appreciate what they have’
* ‘appreciate differences’
* ‘make comparisons to what other experience’
* ‘fascinating and awe inspiring’
* ‘learning is an exciting, enriching privilege that surprises, amazes, challenges us’
* ‘Expose them to difference’
*happy about who they are/ at peace with who they are
Vision Quote -1
We liked this quote from a teacher/ writer. We thought it summed up so much of what we would aspire to and so much of what our parents alluded to in their feedback last summer.
‘We want our pupils to grow into ‘Philosopher Kids’, who are curious to know and to question; who can lead as well as follow; who like to feel, to think; who are notable for their eloquence and willingness to take part in the big conversation of life. We want them to engage thoughtfully in dialogue and argument; to appreciate and make beautiful things; to be confident grappling with difficult ideas; to appreciate quiet reflection and contemplation. We want them to be caring and compassionate- able to flourish both as individuals and contribute actively to the flourishing of those around them.’
Martin Robinson, Trivium 21C
Minchinhampton School Prayer
Help us to always think of others before ourselves,
To behave in an honest and trust-worthy way
And to be responsible members of our community.
Help us to have compassion for those in need
And forgiving when others do wrong.
Let us aim to make our school a place full of contentment
With our giving and with our generosity.
Let love abide here.