School Aims & Values

COOPER SCHOOL works within the local community to prepare and motivate all its students to develop their full potential as individuals and as members of society.

IMPROVING ACHIEVEMENT TOGETHER


AIMS FOR STUDENTS

· To develop enquiring minds and a spirit of curiosity

· To strive for excellence in all they do

· To become highly motivated lifelong learners

· To achieve the highest possible standards in all curriculum areas

· To participate in a variety of extra curricular activities

· To be able to work independently as a member of a team

· To demonstrate high standards of self discipline, behaviour and dress

· To have high self-esteem, respecting themselves others and the environment

· To be flexible and adaptable for modern life and work

· To develop a sense of belonging to the school and the wider community

· To represent the school’s shared values in their own lives

AIMS FOR THE SCHOOL

We believe each student will succeed through experiencing quality in:

· a broad balanced and challenging curriculum accessible to all

· an enriching programme of extra-curricular activities and visits

· a safe, healthy and stimulating environment for learning

· a rich varied and up to date range of learning resources

· innovative and varied teaching methods which encourage student participation

· an ethos of support, challenge and encouragement to succeed

· learning partnerships between school, home and the community

We demonstrate our commitment to working as a learning community by:

· striving for continuous improvement in all we do

· working together towards common goals

· encouraging all at Cooper School to take a part in running it

· encouraging everyone involved in Cooper School to further their personal and professional development

· monitoring and reviewing the school’s own practices


School Values

What makes The Cooper School distinctive?

· Our good reputation locally means that we are consistently oversubscribed in every year group, year on year

· We have high expectations of student commitment to learning in lessons and high expectations of student progress, driven by an aspirational culture

· We have high expectations of staff development, empowering leadership at all levels based on quality and aptitude, with committed and collaborative departmental teams

Quality Teaching and Learning

·  The TCS Core Expectations define the framework for high quality teaching and learning across our school, supported by weekly briefings, T+L blog and CPL teams which staff all join

·  Professional development for all staff is responsive to need and shares best practice through collaborative training

·  Students confidently develop skills for life such as problem solving, team working and creative, collaborative thinking alongside the use of technologies to support learning

·   Visitors to the school regularly report an impressive, purposeful learning culture in lessons based on respect and aspiration

An Aspirational Culture through Character development

·  Students are encouraged through an organised and strategic approach to character development that helps them take responsibility for themselves and our school community

· We focus on both performance and moral values so that students can be academically successful and can develop the character needed to maintain meaningful relationships in their future

·        Every adult takes responsibility for developing student character by modelling and explicitly encouraging respect, self-discipline, courage, motivation and resilience

Personalised Support and Guidance for Welfare and Attainment

· High quality pastoral support provides personalised support for students’ learning and welfare

· We value collaborative partnerships with parents via our Student Support Managers and pastoral teams

· The curriculum offers broad and balanced learning pathways which provide good progression opportunities that avoid narrowing student choices as much as is possible; their progress is tracked and reviewed with an emphasis on aiming high and support is put in place for students to achieve their goals

Aspirational futures: Citizenship

·       Students are encouraged to aspire to futures in jobs, apprenticeships or universities which will enable them to maximise their potential.

·       Students are encouraged to proactively support charities and causes and issues that matter to them

·       An understanding of different cultures, values and faiths promotes tolerance and respect for difference and an understanding of the world

Respectful behaviours

·  Students are encouraged to show respectful behaviours towards each other, adults and the school environment supported by a character development and PHSE programme where such values are explored

·  Staff model the positive behaviours expected of students as role models and guides, in order for students to feel the benefits of a mutually respectful culture

·  Where students make mistakes in their behaviours, they are dealt with fairly and reasonably, according to the school’s values