Ethos & Values

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Maple Cross School is a unique and progressive learning community which prioritises professional trust. We believe all children and adults in our community can develop and grow in a safe and supportive environment. We believe that the ability to reflect, lead and aspire is at the core of the learning experience.

  • All lessons are carefully considered and prepared based on prior learning and broader curriculum objectives.
  • All pupils experience a range of opportunities for reflection.
  • All learning is introduced in a purposeful, engaging and exciting way.
  • All lessons have high expectations for all pupils through a differentiated and scaffolded approach.
  • All lessons are varied in structure using a range of teaching strategies and providing rich learning opportunities.
  • Regular and robust assessment inform ongoing learning.
  • All learning is extended and depended through quality dialogic feedback approach.
  • Learning environments are accessible, relevant and represent a richness of learning
  • Children experience a breadth of quality questioning aimed at challenging and deepening existing knowledge to enable a higher level reasoning.

We share achievements in assemblies, within classes and weekly in ‘Tea with Mrs T’. Each week pupil’s classes share their learning with our headteacher, Mrs Trickett, over a cup of hot chocolate.

As the headteacher at Maple Cross, I am privileged to work alongside a dedicated group of skilled professionals on a daily basis. Our committed governors, tireless PTA and an incredibly supportive school community allow us to learn with, and learn from, an inspirational group of young children.

We warmly invite you to come and visit the school during a working day by booking an appointment with the school office and we look forward to working with you to make the difference.

Hannah Trickett



Promoting British  Values at Maple Cross JMI and Nursery School

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.  At Maple Cross these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

  • Democracy:

Democracy is embedded throughout the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our elected Student Parliament and Pupil questionnaires. The Student Parliament represent the views of their peers at Meetings and are able to effect change in discussion with the head-teacher and governors. The locally elected leader of the Three Rivers Council is a school governor and has attended School Council meetings to discuss their role in holding the staff and governors to account. We also take pupils to visit The Palace of Westminster each year to see our national democracy in action. We have also welcomed our local MP to school last year.

  • The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; and local religious leaders are a regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

  • Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

  • Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and Learning behaviour approach has revolved around the Core Values of reflect, lead and aspire. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies relate to what this means and how it is shown. School promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Our school motto, ‘We care for everyone and achieve our best’ underpins the school’s inclusive, community ethos.

  • Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

The school recognises the importance in exposing the children to other faiths and beliefs as well as celebrating their own. This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and across the curriculum when looking at other cultures. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school and the school invites representatives from the major religions. We create opportunities for each year group to visit major religion’s place of worship and invite leaders of local faiths into school to lead assemblies.