Aims & Values

Our Aims and Values

These Aims and Values were originally written in 1996 and are reviewed annually, following extensive consultation procedures involving the whole school community.

They underpin all areas of the curriculum, support an explicit programme of Personal and Social Education and sustain the positive ethos of our school.




We at Elmlea Infants’ School believe that Elmlea is special and we work together to offer the best possible Infant education.

We nurture our ethos, which is happy, open, honest and supportive of the whole school community.

We want our school environment to be:

  • Stimulating
  • Fun
  • Happy
  • Supportive
  • Challenging
  • Safe
  • Welcoming
  • Somewhere where everyone is cared for and valued
  • Somewhere where every effort is made for our children to enjoy their school life


Our Values

At Elmlea Infants’ School we believe:

That it is important to ‘TAKE TIME TO BE A CHILD’

We asked Elmlea children to tell us what this meant to them. 

Here are some examples of what they said:

Benji said “Take time to play games”

Lucy said “Enjoy every minute of being a child because it doesn’t last long”

Isla said “Don’t waste time when you can be footballing”

Zara said “You go to school and have lovely teachers to look after you”

Sam said “You get to play with your toys more, grown-ups do boring things like tidy up.”

That ‘Education is about the Whole Child’

By educating the ‘whole child’ we believe that all our children will flourish and mature into well rounded, confident, happy and responsible members of a wider community.

That education is as much about encouraging an enjoyment of learning as about learning itself.

Our school offers a secure, safe and welcoming environment where all members of the school community are treated as individuals.  It values links with the wider community.

That education is a partnership between parents/carers, children, all school staff and Governors and that these partners have high expectations of one another.


Our Aims

At Elmlea Infants’ School we aim to provide:

  • Exemplary pastoral care.
  • A whole school team which works and learns together.
  • A happy learning environment which is equipped with stimulating, challenging and exciting infant?friendly resources.
  • High quality teaching from well-qualified, committed and enthusiastic staff.
  • A broad relevant curriculum.
  • Equal access to the curriculum for all children.
  • An ethos which is open, honest and supportive.
  • Clear and open channels of communication between staff, children and parents at all times.


We aim that all children should develop:


  • A lifelong love of learning.
  • Confidence and competence in speaking and listening, reading, writing and numeracy.
  • An ability to use learning resources appropriately and effectively
  • Their own creativity.
  • An enthusiastic, motivated and enquiring mind.


Spiritually & Culturally:

  • An awareness of and a respect for their own culture and the cultures and beliefs of others.
  • An awareness of their own spirituality and unique characteristics as an individual.
  • Compassion, kindness and generosity to others.

Morally & Socially:

  • A respect for themselves and others, allowing individuals to learn without interruption.
  • The ability to work as part of a team.
  • A sense of community and a pride in themselves, their class and their school.
  • The ability to build positive and strong relationships.
  • An awareness of the environment in which they live and the need to look after it.
  • An awareness of the world around them and the needs of others who live in different circumstances.
  • An understanding of personal rights whilst respecting the rights of others.
  • Good manners and consideration to all.



  • All children to experience and enjoy physical activity.
  • A positive attitude towards a life-long active and healthy lifestyle.
  • To improve self-esteem through the development of physical confidence.
  • A competitive spirit within the context of fair play and to respect the efforts of all.
  • To develop the ability to work independently and to respond sympathetically when working with others.

We dedicate ourselves to guiding and encouraging every child to achieve their full potential in all of these areas.

Issued: March 2013, Inge Fey 




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