Ethos and Vision 2016-2022

We are ambitious at KGPS to offer a world class education that inspires academic success and whole child development. Working from research into what makes schools successful internationally, we have set out our vision based on the following principles of learning:

Ethos: learning principles:

  • Learning First: teaching is driven by assessment of pupil needs. Our goal is to be rid of labels that define pupil “ability” and to be rid of ability groups and any other form of ceiling to children’s learning. We aspire to remove limiting language from our pedagogy.
  • We focus on our children, their profile and identify and what kind of child we want to develop and build our accountability around this
  • We create a core curriculum that matches our vision and enrich it accordingly
  • We make it explicit to children what we are aiming for and their role in achieving this
  • We ensure children trust us to enable them to be successful
  • Academic and pastoral support goes hand in hand – in partnership with families
  • We ensure consistency – all classes – each year group
  • We know that potential +personal motivation + opportunities and support = high achievement

Vision statement

At Kingsbury Green we will create the opportunities for all children, parents and staff to expect excellence as standard. The learning climate and environment will offer and develop in children and staff, empathy, intellectual and physical agility and the pleasure of hard work and a job done well.

Empathy, Agility & Hard work:

The values, attitudes and attributes to enable us to achieve high performance and be a world class school.

Empathy Enterprise Education link: Focus for 2016-2022
Collaborative(Relationships first) working in a team
  • Co-agency in developing curricula and assessment methods across cluster schools
  • Learning First (this means further development of our assessment led learning principles)
  • Lesson study / IRIS Connect embedded as a staff led professional development method
  • Staff collaborate to develop up learning / research projects
Concerned for society(Humility,


Children first)

Working in a teamleading
  • Outdoor/ horticulture learning units systematically embedded in the curriculum for KS1 and 2 pupils
  • Global development has greater focus across the curriculum
  • Curriculum events systematically offered across the school year (Reading, writing, maths skills, mastery )
  • Character, values, attitudes language understood by children
Confident (Self-leadership/ metacognition) Aiming high/ leadership
  • Drama used to develop oracy and confidence
  • Drama lessons for target pupils
  • Debate / “mantle of expert in Y4,5,6” in place for 2017-18
  • SEND access enabled in all lessons through use of IT/ improved SEND support
  • Y5,6 plan and deliver own learning reviews
  • Meta-cognition embedded in all learning activity

Agility Enterprise Education link: Focus for 2016 – 2022
Enquiring (Thirst for knowledge,

Intellectual curiosity)

Using imaginationSharing ideas
  • Enquiry based curriculum units – encourage mastery approach
  • Principles of Visible Learning – children develop own expert presentations (greater depth) embedded
  • IT uses as tool for delivery with confidence and ease
  • Staff foster enquiry based learning for their own PD (IRIS Connect)
Creative and enterprising (Excellence ) Using imaginationSharing ideas
  • Musical excellence – KS2 YG learn tuned instruments by 17-18
  • Competitive sports strongly embedded feature by July 2018
  • Knowledge focus of curriculum reviewed
  • Writing – revised provision leading to raised standards
  • Careers focus – KS2 careers fair each summer
Open minded Staying positive
  • Adult learning hub – Journal club/ routine shared papers .
  • John Hattie’s 10 mind frames for teachers underpin all PD
  • Learning faculties developed to ensure succession planning of staff through aspects of school life( EY/ SEN/ CP/ leadership)
  • Growth Mind set training/ ongoing support for parents
Risk taking Aiming highListening carefully
  • French visit – Y6; Sleep overs Y5
  • Outdoor curriculum improved in the Early Years
  • School grounds improved to offer risky play and exploration
  • Metacognition enables children to know and work beyond imagined limits
  • Pastoral support embeds metacognitive understanding

Hard work Enterprise Education link: Focus for 2016 – 2022
Practice Aiming highStaying positive
  • Mastery as standard – fewer things in greater depth
  • Raised attainment in reading, writing and maths to national standards
  • Home work: knowledge organisers (Mathletics, Spelling homework in place Sept 16)
  • “No opt out”; SLANT; “do it again” “100%” embedded. Training on TLaC techniques rolled out across the school.
  • Principles on instruction/ low stakes testing underpins curriculum and learning design
Perseverance Problem solving
  • Enterprise Education: food to market project run by a year group – ch market and sell veg and produce
  • Competitive sports offer developed further – sports teams compete with local schools
Resilience LeadingUsing imagination
  • Y6 end of year reviews / termly reviews to parents and HT
  • Leadership pathway in place for all children and staff. Career planning from day 1
  • Low stakes testing builds children’s metacognitive understanding of themselves as learners.