Pastoral Care – Merchants’ Mindset
At Stanfield, we aim to build the skills, confidence and character which are the foundations that will help our children flourish as they navigate their own paths through life. Our children are growing into a complex, uncertain world and need the skills to help prepare for the fast-approaching future.
We have used a research-informed approach to identify key character traits that shape and guide our emotions and actions. At Stanfield, we have introduced a four-part framework called the Merchants’ Mindset, to instil and develop the core values, attitudes, and skills vital for a happy and successful life. Our approach to the development of the whole learner resonates with the schools’ rich history: educating, supporting and inspiring children for over 400 years.
The Merchants’ Mindset is based on five key pillars:
- Extra-curricular opportunities
- Sport provision
- Our curriculum
- Our extraordinary staff
There is a real sense of caring among the pupils and we pride ourselves on always being there to give each other an encouraging smile or a sympathetic ear throughout the day. The children themselves have written the school rules which we currently follow, and cheerful good manners and consideration for others are the norm at our school.
This child-centred approach means many opportunities are available for children to work together to achieve success, both individually and as part of a team.
The school council provides a platform for children to develop social skills, gain self-confidence and express their views. The class forums are where every pupil’s opinion matters and will be heard, enabling them to learn the skills to become active citizens.
Fundraising plays a part in school life and encourages children to think about others less fortunate than themselves. This is particularly relevant in a world where there is a tendency for individuals only to see things from their own perspective.
‘Caring for the Individual Time’ is always available for those children who need a little more support and suitable ‘challenge’ is built into the curriculum to keep lively young minds active and alert.
Through our Eco Council, the children participate actively in a range of environmental projects and we are proud to have achieved and retained our Green Flag status. These initiatives encourage our pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens.
The flourishing house system, extending to the very youngest pupils, encourages good discipline and work habits. The weekly house assemblies provide leadership opportunities for the older children who award younger students with merit badges and other special achievement certificates.
As children progress through Stanfield, they gain the self-assurance to push their boundaries and respond positively to the pace of learning set by the teachers. Excellent resources support well-planned teaching, delivered with imagination, and allow for a wide range of learning styles.
- Paris Dinner 2023
- Royal Navy cadets visit HMS Biter
- Rowing success at Lancaster Regatta
- Cricket masterclass with Lancashire star Ellie
- Shakespeare Shorts
- Comedy Bingo event in support of Rugby tour on June 17, 2023 7:00 pm
- Year 5 Activities Day on June 23, 2023 9:00 am
- Merchants’ Gives on June 28, 2023 3:00 pm
- Pirates of Penzance – A Concert Celebration on July 2, 2023 3:00 pm
- Open Morning 2023 on October 7, 2023 9:30 am
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