Our vision for Swainswick is a school where all children are known and valued as unique individuals, where differences are respected and celebrated.
With community and childhood at the heart, our school intentionally nurtures kindness towards one another and believes that children thrive only when their wellbeing is held at the core of their journey.
We believe in our children, and through imagination, high expectations and challenge, we inspire them to reach their fullest potential, and develop an intrinsic happiness in who they are.
“The world is big, and we are small, but we can do anything, anything at all!”
Hazel Class child, age 7
This vision for Swainswick Primary School is under-pinned by our Christian values (see left), which guide how the community relates to each other, and our environment.
These Christian values can also be seen as common values, held equally by members of different faiths and no faith alike.
Over a two year cycle, we focus on a different value each term, celebrating and discussing it in collective worship, assembly and in class.
Through linking the selected value to events on the calendar, modern-day themes and engaging children with their theological underpinnings, we strive to make Swainswick a community that embodies an ethos of living well together. These discussions help prepare children for the challenges as a 21st Century citizen in Modern Britain, respecting and showing understanding of others for all that is similar and different.
This strong ethos permeates school life and the emphasis on increasing our children’s awareness of our ‘values’ is a significant factor in enhancing the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Church of England's Vision for Education
Our vision for Swainswick builds on and reflects the Church of England's Vision for education:
"We are clear that it is not just a vision for Church of England schools, but a Church of England vision for education. At a time when many are looking for a vision of education to enthuse and inspire them, this deeply Christian vision of education is one that is generous and that seeks to allow the riches of Christian life to overflow to those of other faiths or no faith, but who share the bigger vision of what we think education is for:
Educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills: enabling discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.
Educating for hope and aspiration: enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.
Educating for community and living well together: a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.
Educating for dignity and respect: the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth."
3 Year Strategy - Swainswick's Journey to 2020
In 2017, Swainswick's Governing Body and the School developed our three year strategy, it consists of:
Swainswick’s Journey to 2020 -
this plan provides the overarching aims which will guide this journey and highlights what success would like look in 2020 if we achieve these ambitions.
What is life at Swainswick School like in 2020?
This page brings the plan to life, and gives a sense of what this will really mean to all members of the Swainswick community, in 2020
Why do we need to have a plan for the Swainswick Journey to 2020?
This plan lays out our ambitions for Swainswick, so that all members of our community can understand the way Swainswick’s journey will evolve over the next few years.
Capturing and documenting our vision of Swainswick in 2020, and the plan to achieve this, will enable us to safeguard Swainswick’s distinctiveness in the face of the changing educational environment.
In the coming years, we will need to make decisions about academisation and what is the best path for Swainswick’s children. This plan will help to guide these decisions, and provide a test against which any decision can be evaluated.
How does the “Swainswick Journey to 2020” impact the school?
The “Swainswick Journey to 2020”will guide decision making in the school.
It will be used to prioritise initiatives, and areas of focus for each academic year, supporting us in deciding how the school’s increasingly tight finances are spent in the best interests of all our children. The School and Governing Body will annually reflect upon our practice and re-visit the plan to consider how well we are progressing along this journey.