Visions and Values
School Mission Statement
A positive place to be, a place which inspires and energises, a happy place where everyone will Achieve, Believe, Challenge, Develop, Excel and Flourish.
We aim to ensure all our children make excellent progress, achieve the highest standards and be the best that they can be.
We challenge our children and ourselves as we search for excellence in everything we do. Our children believe in themselves, because we nurture and support, develop them as individuals and give them the confidence to tackle new challenges.
We are a small Church school located in the village of High Cross, within a 3 mile radius of Ware, Hertford and Buntingford. Our aim is to provide the very best education, support and care for your children. By inspiring and encouraging our children so that they:-
“have a love of learning” Ofsted 2014.
"The headteacher has created a purposeful environment where pupils can thrive and learn well." Ofsted 2015
Puller children love coming to school because they are valued for being unique with individual talents and needs. The school’s Christian values which underpin the daily life of the school:-
“results in excellent relationships, good behaviour and attitudes to work” (SIAS 2014).
"Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school because of consistent and positive expectations from adults. They have good relationships with adults. As a result, they show respect and listen well in class." Ofsted 2015
We expect everyone to try hard in everything they do and reward hard work and achievement. We closely monitor children’s academic achievement and progress as well as their social and emotional well- being. Through discussions with children, parents/carers and staff we continually appraise the progress of children. Our aim is to ensure children make progress in line with the top 10% of schools nationally in literacy, numeracy and science.
In 2014 Puller Memorial had the second highest results in Hertfordshire and the third highest results in the East of England
(Telegraph Primary School League tables 12.12.14 based on the average levels for Year 6 pupils)
In 2015 pupil achievement was above national expectations, and in 2016 close to national standards despite pupils' low starting points.
Our class sizes are small (average 18) with a teacher and a learning support assistant in each class. Our enthusiastic and experienced staff and this adult to child ratio enable us to give all children the support they need.
Our School Aims
- To ensure all children achieve their potential academically, socially, emotionally and physically
- To ensure all children are happy and motivated to learn.
- To ensure that pupils develop from an early age the essential literacy and mathematics skills they need to learn and achieve.
- To give children experience of being active members of a caring Christian community by fostering an atmosphere of love and kindness.
- To develop an awareness of and a concern for the needs of others in the school, the local community and the wider world.
- To develop self-discipline and acceptable standards of behaviour, and develop in pupils the social skills required to work within a group or independently as the situation demands.
- To enable children to become self-confident and self-reliant in their learning, by developing lively, enquiring minds, and encouraging high expectations.
- To develop the children’s capacity to listen and the ability to express themselves effectively in a variety of situations.
- To encourage flexibility and openness of mind, necessary to meet the changes and challenges encountered in a fast changing technological world.
- To celebrate success and achievement in all areas.