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Vision, Aims and Values

Our Vision

At Dore Primary School we strive towards excellence by promoting a happy, caring, secure and stimulating environment, where individuals develop robust self-esteem with responsible global citizenship and are encouraged to reach their full personal and academic potential and beyond!

Our Aims

  • To provide a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum which enables children to think creatively, to develop their skills and knowledge, and to be actively involved in their learning.
  • To use approaches that improve the quality of teaching and learning, including the sharing of best practice and the use of appropriate training for staff.
  • To enable children, within a nurturing environment, to develop as respectful and caring global citizens contributing positively to their own community and the wider world.
  • To continually seek to remove barriers to learning, to value diversity and to show respect for all individuals.

Our Values and Mottos

At Dore we operate Values Education and also use school mottos to help promote our beliefs and uphold our high expectations of conduct. We support the approach recommended in the Elton Report which states, "promoting responsible behaviour and self discipline and the values on which they are based, is an essential task in all schools."

Our Values and mottos are prominently displayed around the whole school, in communal areas and in each class unit. All staff and children may refer to them when dealing with sensitive issues, both with social interaction and within curriculum matters.  The Values and mottos give the whole school community a shared core vocabulary.

The Values are: appreciation, compassion, co-operation, courage, creativity, determination, freedom, honesty, humbleness, kindness, loyalty, obedience, resilience, resourcefulness, respect,  responsibility, thoughtfulness, trust, and understanding.

Our school mottos are:

“Live the Values and be a caring and responsible global citizen”

“I will LISTEN, THINK, WORK HARD and make the most of ALL my abilities.”

“I CAN make a difference. Together we can make a difference”

“At Dore we seek to enable others and to include people of all abilities in our school and in our lives”

"We CHOOSE Respect"

“There is no such thing as an innocent bystander”

"We EMPOWER others"

Team Dore

Following the success of Team GB Olympic Games 2012 we adopted a TEAM Dore approach. All of our stakehoders compromise TEAM Dore and we have a strong emphasis of pupil to pupil support with teams such as Young Leaders Playground Care Team, Rocket Reading programme and Lunch Bunch Team. Older pupils also run lunch-time clubs for younger pupils such as Games, Number Fun, Art and Drama -all of which helped TEAM Dore gain the Quality in Study Support Award at Embedded Level. 

TEAM Dore warmly welcomes parents into school to support curriculum activities, share expertise and job experience and to volunteer trained support as Reading and Maths volunteers or run the library sessions or Book Bag scheme. Parents also support our brilliant Growing Club and Let's Get Cooking sessions. Some Governors are frequent visitors who chat to pupils and the staff about their work, listen to pupils read, link with their year groups or subject interests.

Dore Democrats

Pupil Voice is very important to us at Dore Primary School and we seek to engage with the TEAM Dore children, listening to and exploring their views in systematic ways. Our School Council, the Dore Democrats, are an active and vocal body within Dore Primary School. The Dore Democrats consist of 32 children, 4 from each year group from F2 to Y5, and 8 from Y6. Key roles are given to the Y6 children including Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary amongst others.

The Dore Democrats are chosen by their classes in a secret ballot. The children who are willing to give up their time to be a Dore Democrat stand in front of the class and share why they think they should represent their class. 

The Dore Democrats meet two or three times every half term. Their main purpose is to try to improve the school and share people’s views. They also discuss their own ideas about what they think could benefit other children. Most importantly, they represent Dore Primary School.

Over the last few years the Dore Democrats have been involved with major developments in our school, including meeting Nick Clegg to improve safety in our school, officially opening a new shop in the village, achieving Healthy School Status and now Enhanced Healthy School Status, running a Healthy Tuck Shop for Juniors (using produce from the local shop), supporting charities by using some of our Sponsored Walk money, and much more! The Dore Democrats are now in the process of re-designing and developing the playground markings. 

Every child who acts as a Dore Democrat is offered the opportunity with a parent to join the annual trip to Westminster at the invitation of Nick Clegg. This is a fantastic experience in which we have a tour of the House of Lords and the House of Commons and sometimes meet Nick Clegg. In recent years we have walked Downing Street and had a photo stop at No 10. We finish with a flight on the London Eye and stop for pizza on the way home. It is a very long day but an experience not to be missed! Children in the Infants wait until they are in Y3 to go along and a child may only make this trip once.
Richard Hanks,
23 Jul 2016, 23:30
Richard Hanks,
23 Jul 2016, 23:30
Richard Hanks,
23 Jul 2016, 23:30
Richard Hanks,
23 Jul 2016, 23:30