The root of our ethos is to ‘grow your learning’. We want the knowledge, skills and understanding taught at Appletree to be memorable and built upon so that pupils leave with confidence, independence and the ability to pursue future success.
At Appletree Gardens we believe that our children blossom and reach their potential when they feel happy, physically and mentally healthy and safe at school. We take pride in providing a kind, caring, respectful and supportive environment for all of our pupils so they can ‘grow their learning’ in a calm, relaxed, friendly and safe atmosphere.
Relationships are at the heart of Appletree and are embedded securely and consistently across the school where we have healthy, caring and respectful relationships which are complemented by kindness, honesty, integrity and generosity. This supports the importance of wellbeing where we can all be happy and successful and where children grow and move on to make a meaningful contribution to society.
Mental health is a growing concern and is at the forefront of Government concern for both children and adults. Nationally 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. Research shows that most issues begin in childhood. 1 in 8 children and young people are experiencing mental health difficulties. Issues include depression, anxiety, conduct disorder and are mostly a direct response to what is happening in their lives. Community is at the heart of Appletree and we are committed as a school to help improve our community based mental health.
Another rising concern is that our children are growing up in a world of ever-changing technology. Children learn how the internet is a great tool for learning, sharing and connecting with friends and family. But they are taught to recognise that it's not without risks for them including inappropriate content, cyberbullying, internet addiction and online gaming all of which can affect our physical and mental health.
Our children appreciate the importance of 'having a voice' and are confident to use it in different ways which include our School Council, Eco Warriors, pupil leaders and strategies such as BLOSSOM, support plans, TRIVE, Jigsaw and mental heath registers. Our pupil voice has created a PSHE curriculum that reflects our community.
Appletree is a 'great place to grow' where both children and staff are all encouraged to access a variety of experiences and opportunities such as trips, visitors, clubs, enhancement days, competitions and training sessions.
We work closely with parents raising awareness of concerns such as anti-bullying and online safety, the importance of looking after our physical and mental health which helps them to keep their children safe and happy and to cope with life's challenges.
In addition to meeting statutory requirements through Jigsaw, we strive to meet the needs for Appletree's children. The root of our ethos 'Grow your learning' and its 5 branches 'I am healthy', 'I reach my potential', 'I am happy and safe', 'I have opportunities' and 'I have a voice' reflect our ambition for each of our children. They are our golden thread which run through all areas of our curriculum and are planned into all lessons. If you have the opportunity to visit our school you will see and hear all about our Our BLOSSOM code. This was developed through a family competition and therefore represents behaviours that are important to our children, parents and carers. The BLOSSOM code 'Be respectful', 'Learn from Mistakes', 'Organised and on time', 'Safety first', 'share and support', 'Open your mind and Manners matter' now promotes our high expectations for behaviour. It is displayed in every classroom and around school and is referred to and celebrated throughout the day by all staff and children.
We love to hear what our children think and feel, so we talk to the children and identify issues that arise which may create a barrier to learning that are unique to them. Issues have included low self-esteem, lack of resilience and not talking about and sharing our worries. To ensure these issues are addressed securely and consistently across the school, children take part in whole school initiatives including value of the week, assemblies, teacher’s daily discussions and whole school PSHE themed days.
Out of school opportunities such as educational visits, festivals, sports events and competitions are provided to children who may otherwise not have these experiences.
We also celebrate national initiatives that keep us safe and healthy such as: Anti-Bullying Week where children come into school wearing odd socks and talk about what makes a good friend as well as what to do if you experience bullying; Mental Health Week where we encourage children to share experiences and talk about mental health; Internet Safety Week to help our children to be knowledgeable, responsible and safe in an ever changing digital world.
This offers our children a broader and ambitious PSHE curriculum that is embedded securely and consistently across the school. We are proud that it is tailored to all of our children’s needs and provides opportunities way beyond the statutory PSHE curriculum; improving our children’s life chances and their community.
- 100% of children agreed 'I feel safe at school'. (KS1)
- 100% of year 1 parents agreed 'My child feels safe at school'.
- 100% of KS2 children knew the difference between bullying and cyber bullying and said they would know what to do if they thought they were being bullied. Replies included telling a parent, teacher, family member or a friend.
- 100% of all parents said they would recommend our school.