THE AIMS OF WOODSIDE SCHOOL
The aim of the School is to provide for each pupil a broad and balanced curriculum which is relevant to his or her particular needs. The curriculum must promote development in all the main areas of learning and experience and serve to develop the pupil to his or her full potential. The curriculum should prepare the pupil to be a responsible member of society and a future adult in the community with a range of personal and social skills and responsibilities.
In order to achieve these aims, it is important for the School to provide a learning environment in which each child may develop physically, intellectually, socially, morally and spiritually to the best of his or her ability and according to his or her aptitudes: to provide an environment, which is caring and supportive, where the work is relevant, stimulating and worthwhile and where parents have the opportunity to play an important part in the education of their children.
Included in the aims of Woodside is the safeguarding of all children in accordance with the legislation Every Child Matters.
Every Child Matters is an approach to the well being of young children from birth to nineteen and aims to support all children to develop their potential through five key outcomes:
- Be healthy
- Stay safe
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution
- Achieve economic well-being
Ensuring that all teachers are free to teach and all pupils are free to learn. High expectations and a broad view of supporting pupils contribute to pupils wider well being through:
- Helping each pupil to achieve the highest educational standards.
- Creating a safe, supportive learning environment in which all members of the school community are encouraged to develop their maximum potential.
- Promoting a healthy lifestyle.
- Ensuring attendance, encouraging pupils to behave responsibly, giving them a voice in the life of the school, encouraging them to help others and respecting the needs and feelings of others.
- Engaging and helping parents to actively support their children's learning and development.
- Creating an environment where pupils can work purposefully, feel secure, happy and confident and where relationships between staff and pupils and between the pupils themselves are based on mutual respect and tolerance.