Our Aims

The wider vision of the Free School

Imagine an environment where every child:

  • is encouraged to dream and to set goals for the future whilst being inspired in the present to work to achieve them;
  • has a sense of belonging in an environment where every young person is valued, celebrated and acknowledged as a unique individual;
  • takes responsibility for who and what they want to become;
  • is disciplined and diligent, polite, considerate, supportive of others, ambitious for themselves, their school, their peers, their family and their community;
  • has a personalised, seamless curriculum from the Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) to Year11, that is the product of joint working between primary and secondary teachers;
  • is tracked at every step of the way with rigorous intervention strategies applied as necessary so that they make outstanding progress;
  • can read fluently before the end of Key Stage 1;
  • has a firm grasp of number and learns to apply this knowledge in an increasingly challenging and sophisticated manner;
  • can use and apply their ICT knowledge, skills and understanding confidently and competently in their learning and every day contexts;
  • develops personal and interpersonal skills to allow them to take control of their own learning and development;
  • understands their place within their community and strives to make it the best it can be.

Imagine a school:

  • where the minimum expectation is that every child achieves the national end of key stage expectations;
  • that is characterised by an enthusiasm and desire to learn new things;
  • where excellence in sport and the arts is achieved within an inclusive culture;
  • where teaching is outstanding and where teachers of the future are trained;
  • where value for money and economies of scale such as centralised administration, finance, IT, site management and procurement etc. allow for resources to be focussed where they can have maximum benefit;
  • where information technologies connect every young person to the wider world, helping them to understand their place in an ever changing globalised society but without ever losing sight of their history and heritage;
  • that acts as a hub to transform the learning outcomes of all local primary aged pupils;
  • that supports the wider community helping to raise aspirations, improve health and well-being: to raise life-expectancy and contribute to locality regeneration through positive action to create the ‘big society’.

The GPFS will be such a school.  Where all are different and all are equal ... a thriving and prosperous place where all are equal and everyone matters.  Imagine an environment where all groups feel that they are treated fairly, and that they have responsibility to others that transcends the difference between them. An environment where people celebrate diversity and where they don’t see individual differences as a barrier to the success of the whole community.

Mission

The mission of The Gateway Primary Free School (GPFS) is to offer everyone opportunities to develop as: high achieving, confident, healthy, caring and fulfilled members of society through:

  • The development of positive relationships to prepare students for learning and life
  • Excellent teaching and learning
  • An inspiring and meaningful curriculum
  • The development of effective partnership and services for the benefits of all the community

Aims of the Gateway Primary Free School: Innovation & High Standards

The Gateway Primary Free School will create an environment where every child:

  • has a sense of belonging in an environment where every young person is valued, celebrated and acknowledged as a unique individual;
  • takes responsibility for who and what they want to become;
  • is disciplined and diligent, polite, considerate, supportive of others, ambitious for themselves, their school, their peers, their family and their community;
  • has a personalised, seamless curriculum from Year R-11, that is the product of joint working between primary and secondary teachers;
  • is tracked at every step of the way with rigorous intervention strategies applied as necessary so that they make outstanding progress;
  • can read fluently before the end of Key Stage 1;
  • has a firm grasp of number and learns to apply this knowledge in an increasingly challenging and sophisticated manner;
  • can use and apply their ICT knowledge, skills and understanding confidently and competently in their learning and every day contexts; 
  • develop personal and interpersonal skills to allow them to take control of their own learning and development;
  • understands their place within their community and strives to be the best they can be.

Objectives

The objectives of the Gateway Primary Free School are:

The development of positive relationships to prepare students for learning and life

  • Ensure that barriers any barriers to learning are addressed and that all pupils are happy and motivated to learn
  • To ensure that behaviour for learning is outstanding
  • To ensure that all pupils are ambitious and outward looking

Excellent teaching and learning

  • To ensure that teaching is matched to the learning needs and styles of all pupils
  • To ensure that overall teaching is judged to be outstanding

An inspiring and meaningful curriculum

  • To ensure that the curriculum is focussed on achieving the highest standards of literacy and numeracy
  • To ensure that the curriculum is personalised to meet the needs, interests and aspirations of all pupils
  • To ensure that the curriculum is broad and balanced and of the highest quality.
  • To ensure that all pupils have access to high quality extended and extra-curricular activities.

The development of effective partnership and services for the benefits of all the community

  • To ensure that the Free School engages with other members of the Gateway Learning community for mutual benefit.
  • To ensure that parents play and full and active role in the education and personal development of their children.
  • To engage with the Sponsor and other key partners to ensure that the Free School benefits from best practice and continues to improve.