Barnsbury Primary School and Nursery Barnsbury Primary School and Nursery
Believe Persevere Succeed

Our Values, Mission and Aims

Believe, Persevere, Succeed

Our Values

At Barnsbury we aim to provide a safe, caring and friendly environment for all our pupils to allow them to learn effectively, improve their life chances and help them to maximise their potential.

Values education plays an integral role in enhancing the quality of every aspect of school life for all its pupils. In order to create a secure, caring atmosphere and an ethos of mutual trust and respect we believe that it is important to foster a climate of understanding, acceptance and encouragement within the school where each child’s worth is acknowledged and valued.

The school embraces the Values Education which it delivers. This encompasses all interactions in school, between pupils and staff.  We aim for our Values to show through everything that is said and done in school. Via a two year cycle, the school focuses on a monthly Value which is explored via assemblies, class reflection, PSHE lessons and circle time. Our values are:

  • Year 1 2020/2021: Respect, Appreciation, Friendship, Honesty, Tolerance, Determination
  • Year 2 2021/2022: Peace, Thoughtfulness, Cooperation (unity), Happiness, Perseverance, Courage

The school strives to live the Values based curriculum programme which it delivers. This encompasses all aspects of teaching and learning in school but particularly focuses on PSHE, RE and through development of ‘growth mindset.’ 

At Barnsbury Primary School & Nursery the development of the “whole child” is central to our philosophy. Having analysed the needs of our pupil groups, school population and the wider Barnsbury community, we have developed a curriculum package and consistent approach to Teaching for Learning which meets our pupils’ developing needs, promotes progress, and provides good pastoral support. Our curriculum is underpinned by four key beliefs:




Every child an individual.


Every child nurtured, inspired and believed in.


Every child’s potential unlocked. 




 For Barnsbury Primary School and Nursery to be a thriving, learning community, which provides outstanding learning experiences for our children, both inside and outside the classroom.


 Across the curriculum, the inclusive nature of our school will enable all pupils to make rapid progress from their starting points.


 Through an inspiring, values led curriculum, children will discover new talents and passions, and strive to be the very best that they can be, across a range of subjects and disciplines such as music, sport, art and drama.


 To prepare our children for an ever changing world by nurturing their emotional intelligence, raising their self-belief and self-esteem and developing their independence, resilience and creativity.


 To ensure our children are safely using up-to-date technology and are equipped with the necessary skills for life in the 21st Century: problem solving, communication, collaboration, flexibility and critical thinking.


 To promote empathy and respect for diversity, community and society by teaching our children about the wider world and environmental challenges it is facing.



Growth Mind Set

The growth mind-set culture truly encapsulates our Believe, Persevere, Succeed motto and is helping both staff and children to consider learning in a different way. The children understand that in order to learn they must be brave and make mistakes and this allows them to tackle challenges they wouldn't have attempted before. We truly believe a fixed mind-set is a huge barrier to learning and by developing growth mind-sets at Barnsbury we will ensure children do not give up, relish a challenge, learn from mistakes and persevere until they see success.   The success of this culture is seen through attitudes in every classroom, where both children and adults challenge themselves daily to progress and learn.  Growth Mind-set is promoted through displays, assemblies, and stories.