Our Vision and Values
As a spacious rural primary school and nursery, our vision is to provide a welcoming, nurturing and stimulating learning environment with rich opportunities, underpinned by key values of:
We celebrate each one termly by learning in class and in assemblies, through stories and real life examples and via whole school projects. We aim to use these key values every day; they were agreed as the most important to us by the whole Grendon team – children, staff, governors and families.
Each Friday in Celebration Assembly, teachers nominate a child or children in their class for a celebration star – this is for consistently demonstrating one of our key values. Children’s names are written in the celebration book and this is read out to the whole school. Children are awarded bronze, silver or gold stars during the year. We love to invite parents and families to celebrate their children’s achievement with us: the invitation is made secretly so that children are surprised by their visitors on Friday morning!
If you are invited to the assembly, why don’t you stay for a coffee after dropping your children to school at the Lily-pad cafe? Open from 9-10am every Friday, run by the FROGs (Friends of Grendon School).
Our energetic and passionate staff team, creating positive relationships with families and the wider community, will ensure that children grow and thrive as confident, happy, collaborative individuals, committed and motivated to make good choices in life and learning.
Our School Motto
Grow Flourish Care Aspire
Our new motto was developed by children, families, staff and governors. We were inspired by our logo, showing the trees of our rural environment and also by our brains growing at school. We want all members of our community to flourish in their growth and thrive, doing really well. Of course, caring is important to us, as we learn to care for ourselves, with good mental and physical health as well as for others and for everything around us. Finally, we aspire to be the best we can be in our learning and our lives.
Our Philosophy of Education
Our Philosophy of Education is based on the principles of ‘Growth Mindset Learning’(C. Dweck Ph.D).
All the learners at Grendon – children, staff and governors – are here to ‘Grow their own Brains! ‘ . The word ‘Yet’ is very important to our philosophy because there are many things we all cannot do….. but, it’s just ‘ yet’ because with determination, commitment and perseverance (and many other Learning Behaviours) we can fire the neurons in our brain to embed these new skills.
We are ready to make mistakes in our learning because we like to try hard things – we could not grow our brains on a continual diet of easy stuff! So expect hard stuff at Grendon, and expect to make mistakes, show humility and learn from these.
Keep growing your brain and find out more about our philosophy below:
Mindsets: Fixed Versus Growth
Researcher and professor Carol Dweck uses the term “mindset” to describe the way people think about ability and talent.