Our Aims & Values:
Clifton Challenge Curriculum –

Kindness, Being Safe, Tolerance, Respect,
Honesty, Ambition.

Our vision is to give children the knowledge, skills and voice to develop their character so that they are able to flourish in the world they live in.  

We want our children to leave us having lived through a positive experience that has inspired in them, a genuine thirst for knowledge and curiosity for the possibilities that sit within the wider world around them. 

We believe that our children deserve the very best and want to give them the first hand experiences, and personal attributes and attitudes for them to thrive in all that they do. 

To achieve this,
we have built our curriculum around 3 key pillars:
 

Developing the very best learners:

“We are curious and critical learners with creative minds, we are resilient… we never give up!”

Developing the very best communities:

“We use first hand experiences to learn about life – we learn about respect, empathy and good communication.”

Developing the very best knowledge:

“We take pride in building our vocabulary, skills and knowledge so that we learn more and remember more.”

Developing the Clifton Character:

We want to ensure that our pupils receive not just the very best learning opportunities but also that they receive the most relevant experiences during their time with us; experiences that live with them forever and shape their characters as they grow.

We have carefully profiled the school community and have consulted with all stakeholders as to what we believe are the most critical attributes and competences that we can develop so that our pupils are prepared for a happy, healthy and fulfilling future.

We believe our children need to develop an understanding about where they live and the wider world. Through learning about the world, we want them to understand their role in society and develop respect towards the environment, communities and religions. 

It is important to us that all members of our school community are healthy – physically and mentally. Throughout life, our children will face many difficult challenges and need to have the mental and physical strength to be successful and happy. 

We believe our children need to develop the skills to work well with other people. Children need to know how to speak and listen with respect in a variety of different situations. 

Our children need to become resilient to be able to deal with different challenges across the curriculum and in the wider world. They need to develop the ability to solve problems without giving up.  Developing the skills to work independently and become resourceful will be key to this. 

‘ A well-developed
programme for relationships education helps pupils to understand the importance of tolerance and respect for others.’…

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‘The excellent relationships between teachers and their pupils ensure lessons are purposeful and enjoyable’…

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‘The Clifton ‘Good Citizen’ programme helps pupils to develop the communication and interaction skills they need for
later life.’…

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‘Leaders ensure that pupils can develop essential life skills through activities such as learning to dress independently and simple food preparation’…

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‘Pupils demonstrate outstanding levels of tolerance and respect for other pupils and adults’…

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‘Children make a good start in the early years because of good teaching’…

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‘Comprehensive subject plans identify the essential knowledge and vocabulary that pupils need to learn over time.’…

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‘There is a strong sense of community in this school.’…

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‘Pupils are happy and they feel safe.’…

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‘Leaders leave no stone unturned to ensure that the very diverse school population is treated equally and that there is a relentless focus on driving up pupil performance’…

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‘Teachers ensure that they enrich the curriculum through an extensive range of visits and experiences’…

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‘Pupils feel very safe in school because of the school’s rigorous approach to keeping them safe’…

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‘Staff morale is high, team spirit is very strong, and all are committed to continued improvement. This helps to explain why the school is continuing to improve’…

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‘Teachers provide opportunities for pupils to share experiences of their cultural beliefs and celebrations.’…

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‘In religious
education lessons, teachers provide opportunities for pupils to understand and appreciate the different life experiences of their friends.’…

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‘Relationships between adults and pupils are extremely positive.’…

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‘Pupils contribute significantly to the successes of the school through their outstanding behaviour and readiness to learn’…

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‘The introduction of a comprehensively sequenced phonics programme is helping children to establish successful early reading skills from the very start of Reception.’…

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‘The harmonious relationships among all groups, from a wide variety of backgrounds, are a strength of the school’…

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‘Teaching and learning are consistently good. As a result most pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics from often significantly below-average starting points’…

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‘Leaders have high expectations of behaviour for all pupils.’…

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‘Leaders help pupils to develop resilience and self-confidence in their learning.’…

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‘The highly successful promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of the school’s work’…

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‘From the earliest stages in Reception, adults skilfully support pupils to explain their mathematical thinking.’…

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‘The multi-academy trust has provided teachers with detailed suggestions for how to adapt every aspect of the curriculum.’…

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‘Pupils with highly complex special educational needs receive outstanding levels of support.’…

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‘Teachers use
rigorous assessments to make sure that all pupils make good progress.’…

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‘Leaders have embedded a carefully sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum from the early years through to Year 6.’…

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‘There is a very strong focus on checking on how well different groups of pupils are learning, so that any falling behind can be immediately helped to make better progress’…

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‘The range of enrichment activities the school provides is excellent and contributes a great deal to pupils’ learning’…

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‘Parents are overwhelmingly supportive, commenting very positively on the school’s many strong features’…

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