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Ethos and Values

Netherthorpe Primary School

Our vision is underpinned by our aims and values:


At Netherthorpe Primary School we undertake to:

  • Provide a broad, stimulating, creative curriculum that engages and motivates pupils.
  • Raise levels of attainment for all pupils, enabling every individual to achieve his or her personal best.
  • Develop confident, disciplined and enquiring learners, able to make informed choices.
  • Foster a love of learning.
  • Promote self-esteem, resilience and personal responsibility, linked to respect for the needs and feelings of others.
  • Facilitate considerate and positive relationships between all members of the school community.
  • Ensure equal opportunities in relation to gender, ethnicity, faith, social class and special needs.
  • Provide a safe and happy work place.
  • Promote a thoughtful attitude towards the immediate and wider environment.
  • Enable the development of literacy, numeracy and social skills essential for adult life.
  • Providing lessons which are prepared, structured and paced to make effective use of time.
  • Ensuring differentiation of learning intentions by outcome, task or adult support as appropriate.
  • Valuing and celebrating pupils’ success and achievements.
  • Ensuring that lesson objectives and success criteria are stated clearly and concisely and are understood by pupils.
  • Maintaining effective communication with parents.


Pupils contribute to effective learning by:

  • Attending school regularly.
  • Being punctual and ready to begin lessons on time.
  • Being organised e.g. taking letters home promptly, returning reading books.
  • Conducting themselves in an orderly manner.
  • Showing respect for themselves and for others.
  • Being positive and encouraging to other pupils.
  • Following the school’s Golden Rules.
  • Making full use of the opportunities with which they are provided.
  • Actively participating in all learning opportunities with a growth mind-set.
  • Taking growing responsibility for their own learning.



Parents contribute to effective learning by:

  • Ensuring that their children attend school regularly and punctually.
  • Allowing and enabling children to take increasing responsibility as they progress throughout the school, e.g. for uniform, equipment and homework.
  • Providing support for discipline within the school.
  • Offering encouragement and praise to their children and celebrating successes.
  • Giving due importance to homework including reading with their children.
  • Keeping staff informed of any changes in children’s circumstances which may affect their learning.
  • Bringing any concerns they may have to school at the earliest opportunity.


Governors contribute to effective learning by:

  • Challenging and supporting the leadership of the school.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of school development plans at a strategic level.
  • Knowing the school well and understanding its context.
  • Ensuring that the school’s budget is well spent and focuses on priorities identified by the school that are based on evidenced need.
  • Attending School Development Planning INSET (or make provision for views to be represented).




At Netherthorpe Primary School it is believed that effective learning takes place when:

  • Pupils are valued as individuals and are actively involved in the learning process.
  • There is an atmosphere of mutual tolerance and respect.
  • Teachers have high, realistic expectations of their pupils’ capabilities.
  • The learning environment is stimulating, comfortable and safe.
  • There is a shared understanding of expectations of behaviour.
  • Time is spent ensuring that pupils have deep and meaningful learning experiences that extend beyond the superficial.
  • All staff work together co-operatively in a mutually supportive manner putting the needs of pupils first and foremost.



All members of the school community (staff, pupils, parents, governors and voluntary helpers/students) contribute to effective learning by:

  • Encouraging, praising and positively reinforcing good relationships and behaviour.
  • Working as a team, supporting and encouraging one another.
  • Maintaining a well-ordered environment with a shared understanding of good behaviour.
  • Valuing children as individuals and respecting their rights, values and beliefs.
  • Offering equal opportunities in all aspects of school life.


Teachers and additional adults in school contribute to effective learning by:

  • Providing a well-organised, purposeful working environment at all times.
  • Providing a welcoming environment, in which courtesy, kindness and respect are fostered.
  • Being good role models – punctual, well prepared, enthusiastic and positive.
  • Having a positive attitude to change and the development of their own expertise.
  • Maintaining useful and informative planning, record-keeping and assessment documents, in line with the school’s record-keeping and assessment policies.
  • Providing children with regular opportunities to access and develop “Learning Muscles” actively and reflect on their individual strengths and next steps.
  • Regularly reviewing children’s progress and identifying ‘next learning steps’.
  • Effective management of their professional time, including making the best use of all time available with children.
  • Developing links with the wider community by participating in appropriate academic, sporting, arts based and other events that will enhance pupils’ understanding offered during the year.
  • Providing children with meaningful, challenging tasks, related to the National and School Curricula.

Key drivers for the school that run through every subject taught are:


  • Communication: building on and enhancing speaking, listening and communication skills; developing vocabulary to enable explanations and reasoning; increasing grammatical understanding and accuracy; overcoming speech and language barriers; developing IT skills required to access knowledge and information in the wider world safely; developing self-confidence in drama and public performance/speaking.


  • Enquiry: developing the skills needed to be active learners, such as resilience, perseverance and other learning muscles; developing a growth mind-set approach to intelligence; understanding that failing is part of learning on occasion; developing curiosity and enquiry skills; developing logical and lateral thinking to apply to problem solving; building on the independent skills learned in EYFS.


  • Global citizenship: setting all learning in relevant contexts that utilise pupils’ existing knowledge and experience and provide opportunities for acknowledging  and respecting other people’s experiences; making learning relevant and applicable to the world outside the immediate school environment; broadening horizons and raising aspirations about future possibilities beyond that of families’ experience;  developing tolerance, understanding and respect for all people.

Contact the School

Netherthorpe Primary school

Netherthorpe Street
Sheffield, S3 7JA

Main Contact: Elizabeth Gray - Head Teacher

Tel: 0114 272 6834

SEN Contact: Ruth Kay & Clare Wilson

SEN Email: or