Our visions and values are at the core of everything we do.
They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils to be confident, happy citizens.
Our school motto is “Attend, Aspire, Achieve!"
Our motto is brought to life in school in the following ways:-
As a school, we believe good punctuality and attendance are the essential first steps on the road to success in life.
In order for children to make the most of their learning time, they must arrive on time every day.
To ensure all our pupils develop good attendance and punctuality habits, we closely track attendance and intervene early if an issue begins to emerge.
Attendance and punctuality have a high profile in school. We encourage good attendance habits in a number of ways. For example, the three classes with the best attendance receives stars each week (1 for 3rd place, 2 for 2nd and 3 for 1st place). The three classes with the best attendance at the end of each half term receive a prize.
This approach has led to Burford achieving high levels of attendance over a number of years (we expect to match, or surpass, national averages every year). This is something we are very proud of.
Aspire - aim high!
We want the children at Burford to aspire to be the best that they can, both personally and academically.
We want to open their eyes to the possibilities that lie beyond their own experience.
We do that by regularly organising class trips and residentials.
The children at Burford also take part in a wide variety of extra curricular activities such as competitive team sports, Glee Club and Burford News.
We discuss with children what they aspire to be today, tomorrow and in later life, and talk about what they need to do to achieve those dreams.
We communicate that aiming high and trying hard in school paves the way for a future full of opportunity and choice.
We believe that if our children try their best at all times, and view disappointment and losing as a reminder to persevere, then they will go on to achieve their potential.
As a staff, we work tirelessly to ensure there are always high standards of teaching and learning in school.
We deliver a high quality, inspiring curriculum which, on the whole, leads to a happy learning environment which enables children to achieve their potential.
We expect children at Burford to show good standards of behaviour and self discipline.
We help them to make positive behaviour choices and maintain their wellbeing in a variety of ways, including providing an in-school counselling service 'Place2Be'.
We believe our children can achieve in a number of ways, both collectively and individually, and that this can look different for different children.
In academic terms, we expect our children to meet, or surpass, national standards in reading, writing, maths and science at the end of each key stage.
We provide a broad and balanced curriculum so that children are provided a wealth of opportunities and ways to succeed.
Our curriculum includes competitive activities which foster a healthy level of challenge and competition - e.g. participating in city-wide sporting opportunities.
We often seek opportunities to contribute to our wider community and our children are proud to represent our school and do this in a fitting manner. For example, we expect the children who represent Burford in competitive sports to play to win but accept defeat gracefully and sportingly.