We help our pupils

Shape their World

Shaping my World

We want the pupils to develop independence so we teach them how to prepare themselves for anything. This development is based on 4 words ending in US. The characteristics: AdventuroUS, GeneroUS, CurioUS, and IngenioUS are the characteristics we are looking for our pupils to develop. They are easy to define and easy to remember. Below they are listed with some definition and there also follows a vast list of skills that could be taught and developed.

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

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