Vision, Values and Ethos

Enabling our children to succeed now and in the future

At Rickley Park we are determined to create an inclusive culture of learning. All children will be nurtured but challenged in their thinking to enable them to achieve to the best of their abilities and strive to become lifelong learners. We want to be competing in performance league tables locally and nationally, but we also recognise that not all children have the same chances and support to do this, and we therefore focus on individual targets as a priority over published results. 

Our children are happy and polite. We empower them to become respected citizens, to enable them to make valuable contributions locally, globally and to contribute to our world’s sustainable future. Our children learn manners and develop empathy and respect during their time at Rickley Park and they also learn independence, which is crucial for lifelong success.


We have some very simple expectations with regards to behaviour but acknowledge that some children need time and additional nurture (for a variety of reasons) to enable them to follow these rules;


Be responsible

Be safe

Be respectful

All are expected to follow and adhere to the behaviour expectations, however there are some exceptions to this. Children who have additional needs with regards to behaviour and social and emotional needs have their own behaviour plans and these are followed instead of the School's behaviour policy. 

All staff are committed to a 'no shout' rule, unless it is to warn of immediate danger, and therefore we promote a culture of listening when there is a problem to resolve the issue for all. 

It is important to remember however that all our staff are people and people do sometimes make mistakes. When mistakes happens, we will acknowledge them and rectify any issues immediately and apologise accordingly. We do expect parents to understand this and work with the school in close partnership. We all have the same commitment and values to your children. Please respect the Rickley Park team and work with us to achieve the best possible outcomes for your children. 


Learning ethos for 2018 and beyond

What are we trying to achieve at Rickley Park?

• An inclusive culture of trust, support and listening for all professionals and children alike
• Empowered teachers and other vital roles through professional learning and reflection
• An irresistible curriculum and learning environment for children to succeed and develop a thirst for learning
• Dialogue that informs future learning and assessment where no one is labelled or limited
How will we achieve it?

• Team work and trust
• Openness and reflection of evidence based and creative ideas
• Questioning, restlessness and humility
• Persistence and professional courage
• Support for risk taking
• Empathy offering mutual supportiveness.
What will this look like?

• An invigorating and enviable curriculum
• A child focused assessment system that removed linear expectations and points, making children real learners, not robots
• A purposeful performance management cycle than encourages risk taking and creativity
• Input from all stakeholders into the curriculum and assessment process
• A really embed programme of PSHE and nurture
• A team that works together, is willing to reflect on constructive commentary and keep children at the heart of all decision making
• A team that works hard but also plays hard, putting their own wellbeing at the heart of their priorities.
• Engaged children with a thirst for learning and a desire to be the best they can be in an uncertain but exciting world.