Vision and Values
At Magna Carta, we have only one preconception about the children we educate: no one can know what they might truly be capable of. Our refusal to put any limits on what our pupils can achieve motivates everything we do.
We create a safe and supportive environment in which they quickly feel comfortable and from which they then embark upon a journey to discover what they can achieve. We are passionately committed to offering all pupils access to an educational experience of learning without limits. We have no expectations about what their particular skills might be; we refuse to hamper their abilities by placing a ceiling on what they can achieve; we offer as wide a curriculum as possible so as to give every pupil the opportunity to discover their own, unique talent.
The warm welcome provided by our school community allows us to nurture each pupil as the individual they are: all adults – be they teachers, co-educators, support staff, volunteers, parents or carers – work alongside the pupils to accompany and assist them as they work to reveal and then hone their talents. We acknowledge that this process requires patience and perseverance from educators and pupils alike. Therefore, we model reflection and resilience in the face of obstacles and mistakes: we emphasise that we are all learning, throughout our lives.
Education is not a process which is contained within school buildings; every person a child encounters and every experience they enjoy contributes to their growth and understanding of the world. We therefore see our school as in an essential partnership with parents, family, the local community and society as a whole. Only by embracing and informing our pupils about their role in the wider world and the scope of opportunity it offers can we give each of them the start in life they deserve.
Learning without limits
Our curriculum offer is exceptionally broad and we ‘teach to the top’ in every lesson. This means we do not fix our expectations of what children can achieve: all pupils are given the opportunity to access the widest possible curriculum, in all its complexity and scope.
Due to the breadth of opportunity on offer at our school, every pupil has the chance to discover their forte. We celebrate all aspects of pupils’ development, acknowledging that the acquisition of social and emotional maturity is just as important as the ability to read and write. We come to our relationship with each pupil with an open mind, ready to perceive in them the unique way in which they can excel and succeed.
We are wholeheartedly committed to the view that everyone has a unique talent which, given the appropriate environment, they can discover and develop. We offer a school environment which values abilities of every hue and celebrates achievements in and outside school. We aim to equip all pupils with the fortitude to pursue their goals even in the face of personal setbacks, knowing that the right conditions in which to nurture achievement need to be adapted for each individual.