Values and Ethos
- Vision, Mission, Values
As an AET academy, at Pioneer School our mission is pure and simple: to enable our pupils to lead remarkable lives. This is the golden thread that binds us all together - the reason that despite our very different paths to Pioneer School, we are all part of one family.
At Pioneer School we want each and every child inspired to choose a Remarkable Life.
To gather and motivate inspirational people committed to delivering an excellent education that launches children into remarkable lives.
BE UNUSUALLY BRAVE
As an AET academy, we choose to be unusually brave. We’re not afraid to challenge wrongs, to make the right call, even when it’s both unusual and difficult to do so.
DISCOVER WHAT’S POSSIBLE
We are on the search for discovering what’s possible. At Pioneer School we look to create “wow moments” for our pupils, helping them discover a world of possibilities and opportunities.
PUSH THE LIMITS
We always strive to push the limits. We don’t settle for less than excellent and we won’t allow our pupils to either. We resolve to overcome any self-imposed limits.
At Pioneer School we commit to being big-hearted. We choose to treat each other with kindness, warmth and care, believing that everybody matters and believing in one another.
At Pioneer we have a Community Code that underpins our values.
Care for each other
- Be helpful to others
- Be generous in thoughts and actions
- Give consideration to the needs of others
- Be charitable
- Show compassion and kindness
- Show understanding and tolerance towards each other
- Be kind and polite
- Value the views of others
- Demonstrate fairness in your actions
- Be self assured
- Show dedication and the will to succeed
- Trust in those who support you
- Have the courage to persevere
Aims of Pioneer School
Entitlement - all children are entitled to equality of opportunity and high quality learning experiences;
Empowerment - all children are people first and have a basic human need for realising their self-worth and raising self-esteem;
Enablement - all children have potential to learn from quality learning experiences.
It is the aim of Pioneer School Staff, with the help of our multi-agency partners, to provide children and young people with the highest possible standard of education and care through recognition of their individual needs, thus enabling them to realise their full potential.
We are committed to offering our pupils access and entitlement to a broad differentiated and relevant curriculum which meets their individual needs and which prepares them realistically for the future.
At Pioneer School we promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.
The ability to communicate is a very important area of learning. At Pioneer School we ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ to communicate. The method of using this ‘voice’ could be using words, objects, photographs, pictures, symbols, touch cues, eye pointing or body language.
The pupils have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a strong school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised and reports back to the Head teacher to genuinely effect change within the school. As well we have an annual pupil questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice.
Rule of Law
We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour; helping pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large.
Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure; this in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire services help to reinforce this message.
Pupils at Pioneer are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. By educating and providing boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Some pupils are able to take responsibility for particular roles around the school and out in the community. Learning to do things independently is an important part of them learning to understand themselves. We support others by participating in charitable events such as, Red Nose Day/Comic Relief, Children in Need and Jeans for Genes Day to name a few.
We promote each pupil’s inclusion in a range of activities, settings and locations. The pupils in Key stage 1 have opportunities to integrate with other children at the local Infant School and also visit residents at a nearby Nursing home. These groups also make return visits back to our school.
As the pupils move into the other Key Stages, we plan for pupils to go into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations which include: sports events, community events and shared participation with other schools/colleges.
All members of our school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Pioneer School serves a multi-faith community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. We recognise and appreciate the uniqueness and diversity of our community.
Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
Our Assemblies help all pupils to find out about themselves and others linking their lives to the communities in which they belong; this is shared through the use of inclusive stories and celebrations.
Although some pupils at Pioneer School may find it difficult to articulate their feelings and concerns, the staff are attuned to changes in demeanour and well-being that may indicate anxiety. If they are concerned about a pupil our accepted practice links to the Child Protection Policy which entrusts a duty of care to all staff to actively protect and promote the welfare of children.
The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils at Pioneer are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.