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Our School Vision


Our vision is to develop a school community where children can enjoy a welcoming, secure, happy and healthy environment, where all members can develop self-confidence, self-esteem, self-motivation, independence, compassion, tolerance and understanding of others.


Our School Aims


Below is a list of the aims that the school has prioritised to help us achieve our vision.


School Aims:

1. Pupils’ Progress - Achievement and Standards

We want to create a school:

  • Which has high standards of achievement
  • In which all lessons taught are good or better
  • Where a clear emphasis is placed on Reading, Writing and Numeracy
  • Which prepares children for the next stage of their education
  • Which challenges our children to achieve their full potential

2. Pupils’ Personal Qualities - Personal Development and Well Being

We want to create a school in which children:

  • Are happy and safe
  • Achieve behaviour and standards we are proud of by following the ‘Leigh Way’
  • Are independent in their learning
  • Begin the journey of lifelong learners
  • Promote respect for themselves, others and the environment
  • Develop enquiring minds and a spirit of curiosity

3. Resource Management - Quality of Provision

We aim to create a school:

  • Which makes the most of the local environment in children’s learning
  • Where staff are committed to their own learning journey and the sharing of quality practice
  • Which achieves value for money
  • Which becomes a hub school for excellent teachers
  • Which provides training/career progression for other professionals

4. Leadership & Management

We aim to create a school:

  • Which has excellent Leadership & Management
  • Which creates leaders at all levels
  • Which communicates effectively with stakeholders

5. What Makes Alston School Special - The A Factor?

We aim to create a school which will:

  • Place the emphasis on having fun
  • Place a strong emphasis on music, sport, art and drama
  • Encourage children, staff, parents and local community to work together as a TEAM
  • Embrace technology
  • Provide a range of experiences through educational visits and visitors