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Glastonbury Thorn School


Vision, Aims And Ethos

Our vision, aims and ethos include the values that we hold dear that shapes the type of education we provide for the children in our school.


The vision and school aims are developed by the staff, governors, parents and the children.


Vision Statement

Every day getting better in every way’


To create a learning environment that is; safe, secure, nurturing, positive and challenging in which everyone in our school community feels valued, happy and can grow in self-esteem to develop their full potential.


We encourage our children to enjoy challenge and develop a love for learning, through a broad, balanced and personalised curriculum.  This will enable them to develop their skills and attitudes in order to achieve their individual potential in a collaborative and caring atmosphere.  We aim for children to develop their understanding of themselves, their diverse community, the wider world and realise their place within it.  We value children for who they are as much as for who they will become, celebrating childhood in the here and now and developing in them a positivity for the journey ahead.  We give everyone the opportunity to succeed and celebrate their achievements.


Aims for the children (Pupil outcomes)


Glastonbury Thorn School promotes high achievement by supporting children to:


  • have high self-esteem, high aspirations and the confidence to try
  • become independent and motivated with a life-long love for learning
  • use learning muscles to reach their full potential: strength, curiosity, reflection and cooperation
  • achieve high standards and reach their full potential in all areas of their learning
  • be flexible and adaptable for the demands of a modern world
  • be excited and inspired by our world and each other
  • enjoy and appreciate the achievements of others
  • develop a positive sense of moral responsibility and self-discipline
  • learn and live together in a community showing sensitivity to one another
  • adopt a healthy lifestyle to achieve physical, mental and emotional well-being
  • know that showing effort can lead to great aspirations


Mission for the school (Our provision)


We believe that each child will achieve success through:


  • a rich, inclusive and personalised curriculum
  • an enriching programme of extra-curricular activities and visits
  • a stimulating and colourful learning environment
  • a varied range of appropriate learning resources
  • innovative teaching and an investigative approach to learning
  • an ethos of support, challenge and encouragement to succeed
  • a celebration of everyone’s strengths and achievements
  • a professional, clean, and safe environment which supports high quality learning and  teaching
  • open and welcoming partnerships between school, home and the community


As a learning community we demonstrate our commitment by:

  • striving for continuous improvement in all we do
  • working collaboratively towards common goals
  • being learners alongside the children
  • recognising and developing individual strengths and talents
  • sharing our practice with others


The values we seek to promote include:

  • enthusiasm in learning
  • resilience in learning
  • enquiry and curiosity in learning
  • kindness
  • being sensible
  • honesty
  • effort
  • respect