“High Aims – High Challenge – High Standards”
We are a school that believes every child can achieve and we champion all of our children through their academic and holistic development. We know that human connection and working together is key to helping our children achieve their dreams. We want all of our children to leave Highcliffe as happy, independent and resilient learners who have reached their own potential, with enduring self-belief and an abiding respect for others.
We are proud to be a Lionheart school. We believe that ‘ANY young person from ANY background deserves an EQUAL chance to be successful in whatever they do’. Every child and adult at Highcliffe is encouraged reach their full potential regardless of their background.
We ensure this through
Respect . Responsibility . Resilience . Resourcefulness . Reflection . Reciprocity
Through our 6Rs we encourage all children to be curious, creative problem solvers who value learning and are highly motivated. We want all children to:
“Every child deserves a champion, an adult who insists that they become the best they can possibly be”
For more information about the 6Rs can how you can use them at home, please click this link.
For more information about supporting your child to have a growth mindset and self-belief, please click this link.
6 Barriers to Learning
Life experiences and emotional issues can impact on the progress a child is making.
The main barriers identified as impacting on a child, leading them to make less good progress than would be expected are:
We work hard as a school to ensure attendance is as high as possible and we have a creative curriculum to inspire and motivate children to learn. We work with parents to help them in supporting their child's learning and expecting good progress. We have a very strong SEND and pastoral team who work with our children with learning and emotional difficulties. We run social support groups, outdoor learning and we are proud to offer therapeutic counselling.
For more information about our research informed ethos, please see the videos and articles below.
Rita Pierson – Every Child Deserves A Champion
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) impacts adulthood
Professor Guy Claxton – Building Learning Power
Much of our philosophy is inspired by forward thinkers and researchers in education. Guy Claxton is one of them.
Dylan tried out his theories in BBC's The Classroom Experiment