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Headteachers' Message - Our School Values and Vision

'Inspiring children to learn, enjoy and achieve.'

Dear Parents,


The pupils at Thomas Barnes Primary School deserve the best. We encourage all children to challenge themselves to be the best they can be. We have a simple vision - Thomas Barnes Primary prepares its pupils for the future by inspiring them to learn well, enjoy education and achieve more. We are a small school with a BIG heart!


We always expect high standards in everything that our pupils do - from the way the children walk in the corridors to their work in their exercise books. It is important to us that children develop an independent approach to developing their behaviour and attitudes by being cheerful, co-operative, curious, caring and confident - these are our school values which we call The 5Cs!


A Thomas Barnes child is:
CheerfulWe always smile, say hello and have a positive outlook.
CuriousWe ask questions and try to find out more.
Co-operativeWe work together, get on and resolve our differences.
CaringWe look out for each other and help those in need.
ConfidentWe aim to always join in and have a go.


Our pupils are taught what the 5Cs mean so they can overcome personal challenges and treat others in the way they would like to be treated themselves. Through understanding and support we foster a love of learning in a safe, nurturing environment. We engage pupils by developing their self-esteem and by building trusting relationships. Through understanding and support we foster a love of learning in a safe, nurturing environment.


Our children get off to the best start they can because we highly value the Early Years Foundation Stage. We have a Reception class with just 15 pupils. They have their own dedicated area to play, explore and communicate. They are taught by staff who are passionate about providing quality early learning experiences.


Via PHSE lessons or our creative SMSC days, we help children to recognise the need for empathy and respect for others both within our school, our local area and in the wider world. Honesty and the courage to share views and opinions are fundamental to our curriculum. At Thomas Barnes children feel valued.


We love to see pupils make progress! We aim to make every day exciting by providing a challenging and varied curriculum, theme days, trips and events. We have been awarded the School Games Mark Platinum Award twice and our children have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sport in and out of school. They regularly win inter-school races and tournaments and every child takes part in two PE lessons a week. We value outdoor learning - every child gets to take part in Forest School for a whole half term. We invest time and effort to help all of our pupils, regardless of their ability, be happy and to reach their full potential.


We are a friendly, happy school and we value the power of positivity. We believe in supporting everyone's emotional wellbeing so that they can be listened to and are happy together.  We recognise the importance of working closely with parents and carers to help all children develop a confident approach to life, to have high self-esteem and to inspire them to have a life long love of learning.Through an open minded, respectful and collaborative approach, staff and Governors put the pupils at the centre of everything they do. 


We are available to speak with you face to face before, during or after school. If you have any questions and queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Yours sincerely,

Mr C. Reilly and Mrs E. Tibbitts