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Shaping my World

Working collaboratively with our Senior School, we have introduced our own age-appropriate version of World Ready called Shaping My World. The initiative is based on four characteristics we feel will shape the children’s lives at our Prep School and going forward.

We would like all our pupils to look back favourably on their time with us and firmly state: ‘My world was positively shaped by Ardingly College Pre-Prep and Prep School.’ Our pupils should be proud of the characteristics and skills they have learnt and developed whilst in our Schools. These are their formative years and we have a golden opportunity to make an even greater difference to each and every one of our pupils. They must become truly independent and ready for the challenges at 13+ and beyond.

The whole programme has been built around pupils embracing and showing evidence of the four ‘US’s’ – AdventuroUS, CurioUS, GeneroUS and IngenioUS; the idea being that everyone is in it together, hence ‘us’. The 2019 summer term saw the launch of this exciting initiative which included participation from the whole Prep and Pre-Prep School in acquiring characteristics and skills which will stay with them for life. The initiative becomes commonplace as part of the timetable in September 2019, as every child will have a weekly Shaping My World lesson.

These characteristics are easy to define and easy to remember. A vast list of skills can be taught and developed within the ‘US’s’:

Be AdventuroUS

No child is good at everything but every child is good at something. If a child is willing to take risks or to try out new methods, ideas or experiences, with encouragement and support, something that appears impossible, becomes possible. Equally, being able to build resilience to try again at something which initially felt daunting is a skill to be proud of.

“The positive and encouraging environment allows shy and reticent children to build confidence.”

ISI Report 2018

Be CurioUS

Curiosity is the catalyst to learning and we seek to ignite this in every child so they are always eager to know or learn something new.  In and out of the classroom, delving into the past, considering the present and looking to the future, we aim to excite and engage whilst deepening understanding through reflection and questioning.

“Pupils are enthusiastic and motivated in lessons and they apply themselves well. Their skills in collaborative learning are a considerable strength.”

ISI Report 2018

Be GeneroUS

Teaching, observation and reflection builds a child’s moral compass. Furnished with an empathetic understanding of themselves and of others we hope they show a readiness to give more of something than is strictly necessary or expected.

“Prep teachers are always ready to help and praise whilst creating a culture of challenge asking ‘Do you agree and if not, why?’ Prep pupils are encouraged to spot mistakes, collaborate with their peers and share in their self ­ assessment”

ISI Report 2018

Be IngenioUS

Original ideas and opinions, responding creatively and reacting inventively, is possible when a child has belief in themselves. With encouragement and reassurance, they gain the confidence to step away from the norm.

“Prep teachers are always ready to help and praise whilst creating a culture of challenge asking ‘Do you agree and if not, why?’ Prep pupils are encouraged to spot mistakes, collaborate with their peers and share in their self ­ assessment.”

ISI Report 2018

The Ardingly Way

Whilst The Ardingly Way remain as our core values (behaviours), the Shaping My World characteristics are the very essence of our Culture and embedded in everything we do: in lessons, assemblies, on the games field, in music, in drama, in art and around school and at home too. It is taught as a discrete subject in one form time a week and there are bespoke Shaping My World days during the course of the year when a clear focus is given to the respective characteristics. At the end of the Trinity Term, we deliver a two week educational festival of Shaping My World to embed the culture in everyone’s hearts and minds at a challenging yet exciting time in the school year.

We look forward to welcoming you

Open Mornings Welcome from Mr Hastings, Headmaster