At Henry Cavendish Primary School we undertake to:

  • Raise levels of attainment for all pupils, enabling them to achieve their personal best regardless of their ability, socio-economic background, ethnicity, language or gender.
  • Develop confident, disciplined and enquiring learners, able to make informed, independent choices and able to apply their learning to new problems.
  • Foster a love of learning for all adults and children within our community.
  • Foster self-esteem and personal responsibility, linked to respect for the needs and feelings of others.
  • Facilitate considerate and positive relationships between all members of the school community.
  • Ensure equal opportunities and equality in respect of values in relation to gender, race, culture, class, special needs and belief.
  • Provide and maintain a school and classroom environment which supports, reflects and stimulates learning.
  • Provide a safe and happy work place.
  • Promote a thoughtful attitude towards the immediate and wider environment.

There are four fundamental types of learning as identified in UNESCO’s report called “Learning, the treasure within“.

Learning to know:
Acquiring a broad general knowledge, intellectual curiosity, the instruments of understanding, independence of judgement and the impetus and foundation for being able to continue learning throughout life.

Learning to do:
The competence to put what has been learned into practice, even when it is unclear how future work will evolve, to deal with many situations and to act creatively. This involves higher order skills at all levels, including being able to process information, evaluate, analyse and make critical judgements and to be able to communicate with others.

Learning to live together:
Developing understanding of and respect for other people, their cultures and values. Building empathy for others’ points of view, and understanding diversity and similarities between people, appreciating interdependence and being able to dialogue and debate, to participate and co-operate with others, enhance relationships and combat violence and conflict.

Learning to be:
Developing the “all round” person who possesses great autonomy, judgement and personal responsibility, such that they can understand themselves and their world and solve their own problems.

These are the foundations, underpinning the creative curriculum at Henry Cavendish and the experiences we are working to offer all our pupils as their educational entitlement.