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Walthamstow School for Girls

Our G.R.E.E.N. Vision

The G.R.E.E.N. values represent a shared ethos for all students, staff, parents and Governors. These values (Growth, Resilience, Energy, Empathy and Newness) are the foundation of what we believe as a school and are here to support each member of our school community to thrive in all aspects of life.  Our G.R.E.E.N. values work intrinsically with our school motto ‘Neglect not the gift that is in thee’ and give all members of the school community the tools to achieve their best.  In an ever changing world, both in education and beyond, students should leave our school with the highest possible academic grades as well as the transferable skills they need to achieve success in their chosen pathway.  Staff should feel that they too have the opportunities to explore new ideas and to develop their own practice for their own professional success.

The G.R.E.E.N. values

The value GROWTH is based on the work by Carol Dweck on growth mindset.  Having a growth mindset encourages the belief that we can all improve at whatever we put our minds to with practice and perseverance.  It encourages learning, effort and stickability.  It also promotes the importance of reflection and criticism as tools to move us forward.

The value RESILIENCE represents the notion that, on any learning journey, there will be obstacles.  With RESILIENCE and perseverance, these obstacles can be overcome and the final goal more rewarding.  The key is not to be fearful of these obstacles and to accept that mistakes and challenges are an important part of learning.  The learning line is an effective symbol for resilience and for assessment for learning.

The value ENERGY is the centre of our vision.  It encourages focus and enthusiasm from everyone.  This ENERGY could be represented in the attitude of students as well as in staff morale, parent and governor involvement.  It promotes positivity and supports all of the other G.R.E.E.N. values.

The value EMPATHY promotes community spirit in many dimensions.  It signifies self-awareness as well as respect for each other despite our differences.  In addition to this, it illustrates that none of us are alone on our learning journey and that, through collaboration, success can be greater.

The value NEWNESS is vital in an ever changing world.  This encourages us to be open to new ideas, techniques, technologies and challenges.  It encourages us all to step out of our comfort zones as this is where the deepest learning and the greatest success can be achieved.

Stakeholders

Students 

The G.R.E.E.N. vision will be promoted among students through:

  • The student planner
  • The Greensheet / website
  • Assemblies
  • G.R.E.E.N. lessons (year 7)
  • Presence in all curriculum areas
  • Tutor time
  • Badges, reward
  • Classroom and school displays

Student input into the G.R.E.E.N. vision will be achieved through:

  • Further student input into the design of classroom displays
  • G.R.E.E.N. reps in each form (starting with year 7)
  • G.R.E.E.N. projects (starting with year 7)
  • Opportunities for reflection and feedback
  • Joint parent / student / Governor / staff working party day

Staff 

Staff will be supported on their G.R.E.E.N. journeys through:

  • Regular CPD to give practical ideas for use
  • Opportunities to discuss and share good practice
  • Encouragement to use new technologies to support learning and teaching

Staff input into the G.R.E.E.N. vision will be achieved through:

  • The use of staff meetings to help design the classroom displays
  • Forums for discussion to shape the final design of the G.R.E.E.N. vision at WSfG
  • Joint parent / student / Governor / staff working party day
  • Opportunities for reflection and feedback

Parents 

The G.R.E.E.N. vision will be promoted among parents through:

  • The Greensheet / website / Twitter / Email / SMS messages
  • Project events (starting with year 7)
  • Open evening
  • Intake evening

Parent input into the G.R.E.E.N. vision will be achieved through

  • Parent information evenings
  • Invitations to a parent working party during the next academic year
  • Joint parent / student / Governor / staff working party day
  • Parent feedback / surveys

Governors 

The school’s Governors will be supported on their G.R.E.E.N. journeys through:

  • Information sessions to understand and be fully up to date on the progress of the G.R.E.E.N. vision
  • Workshops to look at how the vision can support governors individually as well as WSfG as a school on its journey

The school Governors’ input into the G.R.E.E.N. vision will be achieved through:

  • Marketing working parties
  • Discussions during governors’ meetings
  • Governors’ day at school
  • Opportunities for reflection and feedback
  • Joint parent / student / Governor / staff working party day
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