Our vision is of a Federation that achieves success for all. This means that everyone is challenged and supported to make good or better progress. Everyone is motivated, confident, safe and healthy. Everyone participates in a range of activities, in and out of school, and contributes to the wider community.
Our Key Values are:
Aspiration | Respect | Community | Excellence
Aspiration is about wanting to be the best we can be, for ourselves and for each other. Aspiration isn’t just about having a dream – dreams are too vague to mean much. Nor is it about having an ambition – ambitions are often lofty and far away. No, aspiration is about striving and working towards our goals.
We want our students to aspire to great things and we support them all the way. Through our broad and interesting curriculum; our ambitious program of careers education; our emphasis on personal development and the wealth of opportunities we provide for students to take part in cultural, sporting and artistic endeavours, we ensure that our students are well-prepared for the next stage in their education and motivated to make it a success.
Respect is at the heart of our school. Respect for ourselves, respect for one another and respect for education as a force for good. Visitors and inspectors often comment on the excellent behaviour of our students. The overwhelming majority are proud of their school and enjoy learning. Relationships with staff are strong and warm: children thrive here.
Respect also extends to parents or carers who, after all, are the first and most important educators of their children. We communicate through letters, the website, emails and social media so parents and families are well informed about school life. Students receive five Progress Reviews each year in addition to parents’ evenings. Tutors and teachers are friendly, approachable and keen to work with families to support our learners.
Here at Blackminster we are proud to have been serving our community since 1939. We’re a small, rural school and proud of our place here. We work with local businesses; we have excellent links with local schools and further and higher education providers; we support local charities. Our Ofsted report in 2018 stated “You have a school community in which pupils and staff are optimistic and positive about learning”
However, we are not insular – we know that there is a big world out there, and we aim to prepare our students to be citizens of modern Britain and of the world. We have an extensive program of trips and visits – in the last few years children have been to France; attended the theatre; visited museums and galleries; had talks from visitors from academia and industry; visited a local college and the university; taken part in sporting events at district and county levels; gone bell-boating; performed in concerts and shows; taken part in water sports in Wales… the list goes on. Our Student Leadership Team is taking an increasing role is decision-making. Our prefects and sports captains and house captains play an important role in the day-to-day smooth running of school. All of these experiences are designed to widen children’s experiences and horizons so that they are confident to take their place in the world of the 21st century.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”. Aristotle.
We firmly believe that excellence is the sum of the thousands of little things we do, done really well. It’s to do with our calm, clear discipline policy; and with our broad curriculum and exciting lessons. Excellence is to do with the way we prepare children for national curriculum tests and for their next schools. Excellence is the relationships that we foster; and the motivation and aspiration we inspire in children. We encourage children to take pride in their work, and we’re keen to celebrate their achievements, both in and out of school. Our online rewards system means that children are rewarded for excellence, and parents and carers are informed of excellent work, attitude, manners and behaviour.
We are proud of what we do and what we offer, but we are never complacent and we are always striving to improve, and we work to develop this attitude in our students. It’s not that we need to improve because we aren’t good enough, but because we can always be better.