At Pennthorpe, we aim to develop the child holistically, ensuring that in addition to expanding their academic abilities, we fulfil their needs as human beings. Hopes and dreams are made a reality through confidence, positivity, self awareness, emotional intelligence and the willingness to take risks. We offer our youngest pupils safe parameters in which to ask questions, millions of them, test boundaries, explore themselves and others in order to gain a simple understanding of their place in both the school and wider community. The wellbeing of our children is paramount in everything we do at Pennthorpe and there are a multitude of systems in place to ensure we uphold the safety and welfare of your children together.
School Motto and Six Core Values:
The moral framework of the school is defined by a clear set of values which we seek to develop in each member of the school community as values for life. These values are communicated in a variety of ways throughout our daily lives within and without the school.
Rewards and Sanctions:
We have a system of rewards in the Lower School which acknowledge our whole school values along with effort, achievement, kindness and positive attitudes towards work and challenges. Rewards are designed to recognise and value effort as well as achievement: we learn more from our mistakes than our successes. Sanctions understand that children make mistakes and we work with children, and sometimes parents, to support children in making the right choices.
Pennthorpe children are courteous and polite. They also recognise the importance of good manners and we guide and help our Lower School children to develop this from the very beginning.
Children are assigned to one of our 4 houses: Baynards, Gaskyns, Pallinghurst and Tismans and Lower School pupils are involved in House meetings and whole school house events, the perfect opportunity to be part of a bigger community. Houses are an integral part of each school day. House points or pluses as they are known, are earned for all sorts of positive things and we have many Inter House competitions too. These cover all sorts of areas such as swimming, netball, rugby and music. We even have an annual quiz and Easter egg hunt competition which quite often is the most competitive of all!
Every term we carry out a happiness survey with all pupils in the Lower School. We use the Children’s happiness scale which generates a happiness score. We then track this on our happiness tracker so that we can monitor a pupil’s happiness over an extended period of time.
The analysis of the data allows us to identify any themes for a cohort or across the school, which we are then able to address. Individual pupils who have come out with a lower score will have a Tutorial so we can unpick areas causing them unhappiness or worry.
We strongly believe that happiness and emotional well-being should be valued and monitored, just as closely as academic success, and we are committed in our desire to ensure that all our pupils at Pennthorpe are happy, healthy and flourishing.
Pennthorpe supports a wide range of local, national and international charities. The organisation of our charity days and events is run by an enthusiasitic and committed charity committee. The committee is made up of children in Years 7 and 8 who apply to join and are interviewed as part of the application process. It meets twice a term and the children put forward ideas for the groups and organisations they would like the school to support. The team all have roles that they undertake, and they are the backbone of our fantastic fundraising events!
“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”—Tolkein