At Gatehouse Primary Academy we consider ‘character’ as a set of attitudes, skills and behaviours, such as self-control, motivation, social skills, resilience which contribute to success in school and in future life. They include the ability to respond to challenges, work well independently, in small groups or in a larger team and effectively manage emotions. As such, all children deserve an education and start in life that is balanced and culturally rich.
At Gatehouse we promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (see separate tab), and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We acknowledge that the experiences provided in their primary years has a major impact on their future wellbeing and success. As a school we are committed to the teaching and development of character traits, attributes and behaviours which underpin achievement and success. We endeavour to ensure that developing ‘character’ goes hand in hand with high educational aspirations and achievements
Character education is both modelled by all staff and taught. We deliver through activities such as our Trust and school values, along with our Growth Mindset characters circle time, assemblies, school council, buddy schemes, community projects, and lunchtime or after school clubs.
Character through the Curriculum
Through our curriculum, we focus on teaching pupils to be their best selves, to take pride in their work, and to be positive members of the school, and greater global communities.
We want to create children who thrive on challenge, love learning, respect each other and have attributes that will ensure that they will be valued members of our society. We create a culture where staff are empowered to be creative and inventive with the curriculum and learning and where mistakes are seen as a valuable part of the learning process, where all staff and FFT leaders support each other and the ethos of the school and most importantly where the relationships in the school between all stakeholders provides a secure foundations for learning.