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Oval School Vision

The powers of creative thinking are some of the most important capacities that young people now need to make their way in the increasingly demanding world of the 21st century.

At The Oval School, we believe that all children can achieve and succeed. 

In an increasingly complex world, we ensure that our children have the best possible education so that they can fulfil their potential. 

At the Oval, everyone is an individual and valued equally and we ensure that we positively engage in each other’s faith, religions and cultures.  The school ethos, culture and curriculum celebrate children’s and teacher’s creativity and are the means by which the Oval provides a happy, successful and inspiring learning journey. 


The values of the school are:



We ensure that all children grow as healthily as possible, can learn at school, are protected, have their views listened to, and are treated fairly and evenly.


We have respect for each other at all times, treat everybody as we would wish to be treated, and enjoy learning from each other’s faiths, religions and cultures.


We have a strong sense of personal morality and integrity, are truthful at all times and are able to voice our own opinion in a kind way. 

We are truthful to others and to ourselves by doing what’s right regardless of who’s around, being someone others can trust.


We listen, share, take turns, take part in team work and are aware of the needs of others, negotiating, helping and encouraging others.


We are confident and adept in learning from experience, experimentation, research and inquiry.



We are able to see and value what other people are feeling and experiencing.



We take personal and collective responsibility for our actions and work towards individual and collective goals, accepting  responsibility for our own behaviour, showing initiative, and understanding how we can contribute positively to our lives at school and more widely.

Delivering the vision

To make this vision a reality we are clear that the school must:

  • Be well lead and managed by the head teacher, senior and middle leaders and governors;
  • Ensure that the governing body uses the vision as its starting point for holding the school to account;
  • Communicates the vision on a regular basis to all members of the school community and all stakeholders, overcoming cultural and other barriers where these exist.

The School Improvement Plan is the vehicle through which this vision will be delivered.

The plan will be structured to reflect this vision, and progress regarding each of the key priority areas will contribute to the delivery of the vision. Senior leaders and nominated governors will be specified as being accountable for making progress in the plan.  Governors will also be strategically involved in the schools self-evaluation via their roles as Link Governors. In partnership with the Headteacher, governors will undertake a strategic role in monitoring the implementation of the plan and evaluating its impact.  On an annual basis or sooner if required, the Governing Body will review both the vision and the plan and agree with improvements as necessary. All staff at the school are responsible for delivering the plan to ensure that the Oval School is continuously improving to achieve its aspirations for pupils

A key concept which shapes the ethos of our school is a growth mindset based on the work of Carol Dweck. We believe the best thing to do is to teach children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning and asking questions. Rather than simply praising success we praise effort, persistence and positive attitudes to the frequent difficulties in the process of learning.

Pupils who have growth mindset:

  • Believe that intelligence is not fixed
  • Thrive on challenge
  • Throw themselves into difficult tasks
  • Are self-confident
  • Recognise intelligence can continually be improved through effort
  • Ignore the low aspirations of their peers
  • React to failure by trying harder
  • Engage in self-monitoring
  • Have learning goals
  • Like feedback on their performance so they can improve.