Welcome to West Thornton Primary Academy.
We are a large three form of entry, expanding to five form, Primary Academy serving a culturally and socially diverse area, situated in a residential area close to Mitcham Common. Ofsted describes us as being “…an outstanding school where pupils benefit greatly from the school’s highly inclusive and happy ethos.”
We are a learning community which creates chances for dreamers, idea makers and innovators to connect, thrive and outperform. We empower our children to use their skills as divergent thinkers, responsible role models and leaders to carve out their own futures, and become extraordinary citizens
We are committed to creating futures for all in a welcoming and supportive learning environment, in which all pupils feel valued and challenged to be resilient thinkers, active learners with transferable skills and have an appetite for world learning. At West Thornton Academy all pupils are valued inspired and respected within our happy, welcoming academy community. We set high expectations for all our pupils. Practitioners give every pupil the opportunity to experience success in their learning, by providing a relevant and challenging curriculum with an emphasis on personalised learning. All children have unique experiences to share. At West Thornton we celebrate this diversity by valuing the contribution of all pupils and providing an environment that encourages interdependence Our academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare of children and expects staff to share this commitment.
We exist to provide learners with a safe community in which to grow, develop and thrive, taking greater ownership over their own learning and developing the confidence to move forward confidently and successfully with their lives and in harmony with others
We believe that children are capable of great things, our place is to build this belief in them and provide them with the opportunities to demonstrate it.
Fairness, kindness, respect, trust, happiness, honesty, tolerance, confidence, creativity, aspiration, resilience, hard work ethic, teamwork, a belief you can make a difference
Our curriculum is ….
- Talk filled
Our curriculum will produce pupils who are ….
- Successful learners
- Confident Individuals
- Responsible Citizens
- Reflective contributors
All our children receive regular work to do at home to extend and widen learning. The primary vehicle for this activity is through our learning logs which encourage pupils to demonstrate in whatever way they wish either what they already know about a subject coming up or what they have just learned about an area covered.
These are called preview or review tasks and are kept deliberately open ended so as not to ‘put a lid on’ expectation.
Other homework includes a requirement for daily home reading and a variety of activities on the technology based environments, such as forums and discussions.
Philosophy for Children (P4C)
We value the impact that the Philosophy for Children approach can have with our children. It embodies the emphasis we place on thinking and reasoning. It encourages children to see that there is more than one opinion, one answer, one way of looking at the world and invites them to listen to and appreciate the views of others. It is an important lesson for our children that people can have differing views without it leading to conflict.
It also helps us develop empathy, which we believe to be a crucial life skill.
We have built enquiry focuses into each of our Learning Challenge units but also aim to use these techniques across all lessons in the school. We also have philosophy assemblies, daily morning ‘wake up and think’ sessions and the home /school travelling ‘philosophy spider’ which follows up questions asked at school and encourages children to discuss these further at home.