We are a Catholic School which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ. Each half term the school community will focus on a value which links to our mission statement and the teachings of Jesus. We recognise how important it is to help our pupils develop academically but also spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. Our aim is that they are also fully prepared and take on the role as good citizens, able to make the best possible contribution to the Common Good. Within a framework of Catholic Christian Values, we teach the importance of British Values which also link to our school values.
Our Growth Mindset Project
Throughout the Autumn Term, we began working on our ‘Growth Mindset’ project which was implemented across the whole school. Every class explored what having a ‘growth mindset’ means and how this can positively impact on how our pupils learn, achieve, overcome challenges and celebrate their mistakes. As a staff, we reflected on our own learning style and the power of the mind as well as how a ‘fixed mindset’ can be a barrier to learning. Pupils across the school completed activities and worked on strategies to help them use their ‘learning muscles’ which enable them to deepen their understanding of a growth mindset and how they approach learning.
Growth V Fixed Mindset
Pupils need to understand that:
The problem many pupils have is that they are flooded with negative emotions that do not feel particularly good particularly if others around them are not struggling quite as much with the task. Part of the power of knowing mindset is that it gives us the awareness to try and switch off these negative feelings. Treat these feelings more positively and get them to motivate us rather than turn us off and allow them to let us give up on a challenge. **Based on ideas and principles written by KJ Walton (The Mindset Melting Pot) and Carol Dweck (Outstanding Formative Assessment and a Growth Mindset)
What’s different now?
St Swithun Wells’ School Values
Following on from the work we have done on ‘Growth Mindsets’, our agreed set of 6 ‘School Values’ underpins our mission statement:
The Catholic ethos that exists at St Swithun Wells is driven by the core mission:
‘where the love of God is always present’.