Vision and Ethos
At Griffin we believe that our students learn best when they are challenged, engaged and inspired and aim to achieve this through our curriculum and our new Inside Out Learning model. This encompasses many things: taking learning from inside of the classroom to the outside world through Forest School, striving to achieve our personal best (inside ourselves) and working together as a team in sports (with others outside of ourselves) and expressing our inner thoughts and feelings to the outside world through the Arts. It also captures the work we do through the PATHS programme: how the choices we make on the inside affect the outside world and how we manage our feelings internally in order to develop positive relationships on the outside.
On Inside Out Fridays we will learn in a new and exciting way, by working on a creative project across the day, incorporating different curriculum areas, that helps students build on and extend the skills they have been learning throughout the week or learn new skills altogether. Sometimes the whole school work on the same Inside Out Friday theme together.
Our Griffin pedagogy will enable us to instill our whole school ethos and mottoes for learning: ‘Experience the world with us!’ and ‘Give your best, get the best!’ which capture our philosophy that learning is about actively engaging with the world and striving to achieve our personal best at all times.
At Griffin we are proud to be an inclusive and multi-cultural school, where many students are learning English as an Additional Language. We work hard to provide them with broad educational experiences that will develop their spoken language, reasoning skills and ability to fully engage in their learning by both asking and answering questions. These 3 skills: to talk, think, and question, will form the basis of every learning experience we plan and deliver for our students in order to support them to make the best possible progress.
The Elliot Foundation Academy Trust's vision and those can be found here.