School Vision Consultation
We are currently reviewing our School Vision and Mission statements as it is now many years since these were last reviewed. It is important that our Vision and Mission statements are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain relevant to the current school community. This does not mean we are changing who we are, simply ensuring our Vision reflects who we are, what we do and how we do it.
Orton CE Primary School is a unique and special place and our School Vision needs to reflect this. As a Church of England school we also need to recognise our Christian foundation in our vision. Our Christian foundation is the basis by which the school was founded and is written in the deed of the school. This does not mean we are only here to meet the needs of those with a Christian faith. In fact, it is quite the opposite - we are inclusive to all, whatever their background.
Last week a group of staff, governors and parents met to begin the reviewing process. We invited Penny Hollander from Carlisle Diocese to support and lead us. We agreed that our current vision could relate to any good school (you can read it on our website); it did not reflect our ‘uniqueness’ or have any particular Christian character. During the evening we took part in a range of very thought provoking activities and the result was that the same words to describe our school kept coming up. This is very reassuring as it means that we all felt similarly about our school and its strengths.
By the end of the evening, we had come up with a selection of potential vision statements. These were written during the course of the evening and are currently in a very draft format. To take this to the next stage it is very important that we involve our whole school community. During the next two weeks until Friday 12th October the draft statements will be displayed in the hall alongside some of the words that we felt described Orton CE Primary School. I would like to invite all parents to take the time either before or after school to come in and have a look at the potential Vision statements and comment on what you like or don’t like about each one (and why) and to make suggestions for anything you feel is missing from them. We will then use your input and input from the children, staff and governors in deciding our future Vision statement and, in turn, shorten this to give us an updated and consistent ‘strapline’. If you cannot make it into school, the words and draft Vision statements will be on the website until 12th October and you can send your comments in to me at school.
As part of this process, it would also be useful to gather your feedback on some important questions. We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to answer the questions on the reply slip below and return it to the school office by Friday 12th October.
Emma Pomfret Headteacher
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