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Investors in Pupils

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 Investors In Pupils

We are an 'Investors in Pupils' school and have had the award for several years.  
The Investors in Pupils programme involves our children in decision making, and developing responsibility and leadership in relation to:

  • learning
  • behaviour
  • attendance
  • induction
  • school and classroom management. 

Pupils learn about how our school is run and, in turn, understand how they themselves can contribute to the running of the school.  Pupils commit to goals and teamwork with each other and the staff.  We work together to make our school a place to be proud of.

The five areas of Investors in Pupils

Every class creates their own mission statement about how they are going to achieve in these five areas.


 We endeavour to make our curriculum as interesting and exciting as possible and offer our children a broad range of activities.

Individual and class targets are set which help the children achieve their goals.  Individual targets are SMART –Specific, measureable, achievable, realistic and time related.  Our children appreciate that everyone is a learner and that learning never stops. We are currently in the process of rolling out a new award in assembly ‘Children’s choice!’ and it is just that! This can be awarded to a pupil, teacher, support staff, volunteer – anyone who has shown they have gone above and beyond in their learning or by behaving in a way that demonstrates our school vision of caring for one another.


Children take responsibility for their own behaviour and create class and school rules with rewards and consequences.  They work as a team to ensure that everyone enjoys school and feels safe.  They also create an environment where effective learning takes place.


The children are aware that coming to school every day and being on time is important.  Good attendance and punctuality means good achievement.  100% attendance certificates are given out each term. In addition to this we have a weekly attendance award where the class with the best attendance gets the ‘attendance aardvark’.   


We pride ourselves on being a friendly, welcoming school.  Each class creates its own welcome book which explains all about the class to visitors and new pupils.  New staff also have a handbook to welcome them into our school. Our Investors In Pupils’ Representatives also have the task, alongside school council, to welcome all guests who visit their classrooms and to ‘buddy up’ with any new members of the class.

School and Classroom Management

Children are aware that everyone in our school is responsible for this.  Every pupil and staff member has a job, either within the classroom or around the school, and they appreciate that their role is important to assist with the smooth running of the school.  Children are aware of every adult’s role in school and how they help them with their learning.  They gain an understanding of where the school gets its money from and how they spend it.  This helps them to appreciate what they have and that equipment must be looked after.