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Aims and Values

Vision statement

At Simon Marks Jewish Primary School we are committed to ensuring that every pupil leaves our school with high aspirations, an enduring enthusiasm for learning and the confidence to address the world on their own terms. We are committed to the concept of lifelong learning by identifying opportunities for professional development, Jewish family education and community learning of a high standard. Central to our success is the significance we attach to the relationships between the school, the parent body and the local community.

Simon Marks is a school where children learn to achieve through working with and helping others; to respect the diversity of the community in which they live and learn; to contribute to Jewish continuity and the wider society.

We teach key skills and knowledge that leads to understanding and develops the confidence to succeed.

We are committed to providing a caring, happy, welcoming environment which meets the needs of each child and ensures that all children have equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum including interaction with, and appreciation of, the arts.

Our learning community is facilitated by a leadership structure which clearly communicates the purpose and direction of the school, and a system of informed continuous professional development. Our professional staff team actively seek to take up opportunities to further their own knowledge and skills.

We aim to prepare children for a changing world through wisdom – ancient and modern with Jewish and British values exemplified by:

תורה עם דרך ארץ
‘Torah im derech eretz’
Torah with a worldly outlook

We are committed to inclusion, believing that every child has the right to succeed.  We take ownership of the responsibility to ensure that any barriers to learning are overcome and that all children experience success in a highly relevant context.

Our parents and community are key partners and we are committed to working together to sustain a strong sense of community, promote educational achievement, raise children’s self-esteem and engender a sense of pride in our schools and communities.