While academic progress is valued and important to us, Montalbo is about more than that. We want all our pupils to be able to communicate effectively with each other and be thoughtful members of the community.
We believe children should be happy and confident members of society, skilful and well able to reach out to the wider world in order to change lives for the better.
We pride ourselves on the positive, working environment in the school and visitors often comment on the lovely atmosphere between children and staff, the respectful nature of the children and the superb relationships. There is a real buzz about the school and every member of staff works so hard to ensure that each child reaches their full potential. Our curriculum is bespoke, with sequential lessons building knowledge and skills progressively. More information about our stimulating curriculum can be found in the curriculum section or an overview is here. Overarching curriculum statement
School children, governors and staff have agreed a set of values which we believe are important. These values are displayed in the hall and referred to in assemblies each week to help promote a positive, caring atmosphere. The values listed below are prevalent in all that we do in school and are shown in the actions of children and staff alike.
Nothing can be achieved without hard work. We ask the children to endeavour in all they do, demonstrating resilience to overcome problems or work that they initially find tricky. They need to show determination to succeed and develop character to respond to mistakes, which is one of the most powerful ways to learn. Concentration and application are essential in this value to achieve well in each curricular area. Children show pride in all they do and we talk to the children about there being ‘no passengers’ (pupils not giving 100%). Knowledge and skills development are carefully built up in each subject, and links between subjects are made where possible.
To be Inspired
We want our children to be inspired by our curriculum. We work hard to ensure that each curriculum subject stimulates children’s interest and encourages life-long learning. Furthermore, we want children to appreciate and be inspired by the amazing world we live in and be enthused by its history, geography and environment. We want children to appreciate and respect modern British values of democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. Visits and visitors enrich our curriculum and further inspire children’s interest. We want to create curious learners who ask questions and explore their interests. Inspiring a passion for reading is key to developing all these interests and is a key focus at Montalbo.
Collaborating with others has many benefits to learning. Children learn from each other in formal and informal situations. In every session, in every year group, teachers use collaboration to enhance confidence, understanding, skills and knowledge. Talk partners and group work are common place and children are comfortable sharing their ideas with others.
Teamwork activities help develop enjoyment, loyalty, consideration and thoughtfulness and demonstrate this within the wider community. We have developed strong community links with local organisations such as The Bowes Museum, The Witham and The Hub and collaborated on projects such as events on World War 1, Intergenerational Art and work for local festivals. Further collaborative work with businesses and universities has helped increase skills, knowledge and opportunities.
Each of the 3 values is demonstrated in displays around the school and rewarded in Celebration Assembly each Friday.
At Montalbo Nursery and Primary School we fully support and teach the British Values and many enriching activities provide our pupils with a greater understanding of democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
Thoughtfully planned age appropriate teaching around equalities provides children with a greater understanding around protected characteristics.