Vision & Values

Our vision at Castleward Spencer Academy is that ‘All our children will be kind, courageous and curious citizens, helping them to shine for a bright and happy future in our diverse world.’

Through the whole school community working together, we will achieve and maintain a school environment based on mutual respect and trust, with high standards of work and behaviour. This involves teachers, teaching assistants, mid-day supervisors, office staff, parents, governors and children all working towards the same objective: a safe, calm school.

The creation of our happy, secure and friendly environment will allow children to learn and develop as caring and responsible people, understanding and respecting the differences that we have.

We will work together to inspire GROWTH:

  • Good communicators
  • Respect for ourselves and our community
  • Opportunities to reflect and improve
  • Whatever it takes
  • Team work
  • Happy and enthusiastic learners


Great communication skills

To unlock potential for our children and to prepare them for the future we believe that building them into ‘great communicators’ is crucial. Great communicators listen to others, ask questions, show empathy, speak confidently and inspire others around them. Developing the pupils’ ability to deepen their thinking and questioning will lead to mastery learning. We also know that presenting skills are sought after in the modern world.


Resilient, confident learners willing to take risks

Building resilience in our learners is crucial in allowing them to grow and learn. Risk taking is essential: we want our children to feel confident in bouncing back from mistakes and in learning from them. The learning opportunities will have challenge tasks; work around growth mindset will be shared with the children. We will celebrate examples of resilient behaviour and learn about famous people who demonstrate these qualities.


Opportunity to be a curious and independent

Through the curriculum, we will develop curious learners who are always questioning, reflecting and challenging their own thinking. We will develop the skills required to be self-motivated. We have a strong desire to ensure that doors are opened for our children, unlocking their potential. In order to bring about this change, the design of the whole delivery process of learning embraces 21st century technology alongside, fun, adventure and significant, deep-seated opportunities to learn and explore.


Working together to enjoy learning

We believe that in working in collaboration we can achieve great things. Team work is a crucial skill for our children to develop and at Castleward Spencer Academy we will use strategies such as Kagan Structures, talk partners, peer support, group work and learning mentors to create a learning together ethos. Our curriculum is engaging, innovative and creative to ensure that our children are having fun whilst learning. We strive to create memories every day.