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Ethos & Values

"Strive to achieve, learn to dream, shape tomorrow."


Lytchett Matravers Primary School is a school where there are high expectations of excellence, where all individuals are valued, achievements celebrated and where children are happy and safe.
This is in accordance with Article 29 of the UN Convention of the Rights of a Child: 'All children have the right to be the best they can be."
We recognise that we have a responsibility to build an environment in which all children, staff, parents and carers are treated equally and valued. No discrimination on account of age, disability, race, faith or belief, gender or sexual orientation shall be shown against any person. The school adopts Dorset Joint Equality Scheme. As stated in this document, we recognise that equality and diversity is not about treating everyone in the same way, but about recognising and valuing difference, as well as recognising and addressing inequalities and disadvantage. The school is committed to the elimination of discrimination, and equal treatment of all pupils and the promotion of positive images of diversity. This applies at all Key Stages and within all activities. No aspect of school life is excluded.Please click here for our full Equality Policy.
Our core values for learning, Respect, Honesty and Resilience, promote children that will… 
  • be respectful, honest and resilient.
  • be happy and secure.
  • be inspired, enthusiastic and highly motivated to learn.
  • demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviours characterised by high self-esteem.
  • develop the independence, responsibility and skills to become well-rounded citizens of the 21st Century, preparing young people for life in modern Britain.
  • be high achieving learners – making excellent progress in relation to their prior attainment.
  • there is a culture of inclusion, enabling the participation and involvement of all.
  • there is an environment of opportunity engendering a sense of pride, ownership, responsibility and identity.
  • there are caring relationships where children and adults are valued as individuals.
  • diversity is celebrated and respected.
  • stereotypes are challenged.
  • we value open and effective communication and consultation.
  • we value fairness, honesty and integrity.
  • we believe practice can always be improved, and maintain an open dialogue about how children learn and what is important for them.
  • we value learning and development of pupils, staff, volunteers and our whole school community.
  • we learn from each other.
  • we continually reflect, evaluate and challenge our existing beliefs.


  • create an inclusive, vibrant and engaging learning environment.  
  • have a secure subject knowledge of the curriculum.
  • employ inspirational teaching strategies that ensure learning is relevant, creative, challenging, participative and enjoyable for all.
  • plan and assess effectively, in a variety of ways to cater for all learning needs.
  • set high expectations that challenge every ability and pace lessons appropriately.
  • provide a rich, stimulating and balanced curriculum that prepares young people for life in modern Britain.
  • encourage children to be independent, solve problems, take risks and be creative.
  • employ positive reinforcement and celebrate achievement.
  • work closely in partnership with parents in order to move learning forward.
  • consistently hold high professional expectations.
  • celebrate the achievements of all.

Bullying, including Cyber-Bullying
Bullying is behaviour which deliberately makes another person feel uncomfortable,
distressed or threatened. Bullying is repeated over time. Bullying makes those being bullied
feel powerless to defend themselves. Bullying may take place face to face or may be
effected from a distance, on paper, or via electronic communication means (Cyberbullying).
Irrespective of the means by which bullying is perpetrated, the school will take rapid and
considered action to stop such behaviour and to make pupils aware of the impact and
consequences of their behaviour.
The school has a clear process for dealing with bullying, including cyber-bullying. A flow
chart that illustrates the process is in our School Policy, click here