Welcome to IES Breckland
Principal: Mr Jon Winn
This is a good and improving school (Ofsted 2017)
Our vision at IES Breckland is to provide an outstanding education whilst also being embedded at the heart of the local community. We will strive to secure community engagement through involvement in community activities and community involvement in school activities. The school will serve as a community facility for residents of Brandon and the neighbouring villages, providing greater access to specialist resources.
Parental engagement is equally important; regular and effective communication between the home and the school is a high priority and we will encourage parents/carers to visit the school to celebrate their children’s talents and achievements. The school will function most effectively with happy and engaged staff; staff welfare will be a key priority and we will do all we can to maintain a healthy balance between accountability and support.
In order to provide an outstanding education, we must regularly evaluate our curriculum and establish our desired intent for the students. We must ensure they leave school with a range of skills and knowledge that will serve them well for their future lives. Equally important however, is their personal development, and we must ensure the curriculum provides them with the necessary life skills to make a purposeful contribution to wider society.
We believe in creating a learning environment which allows the curriculum to be delivered through high quality stimulating lessons and a wide range of enrichment activities which ‘bring to life’ the knowledge and skills taught in the classroom, fully engaging our students and developing their intrinsic desire to learn and to achieve, and ultimately fulfil their aspirations. Teachers will be given the tools and capacity through bespoke professional development opportunities and a strict code of conduct for students which ensures their standards of behaviour and attitudes to learning are exemplary.
To achieve our vision, we must ensure we maintain a positive culture and ethos which is essential to developing good relationships and positive behaviour. We believe in a culture where our students feel included, respected, safe and secure, and where their achievements and contributions are valued and celebrated.
Strong and visible leadership, clear and consistently applied expectations of student conduct and appearance, and high expectations of student potential, are distinct features of IES Breckland. Staff are supportive of the school’s vision and well-motivated to provide an outstanding and inclusive education for all the children.
There is a calm and purposeful learning culture where teachers can teach and learners can learn. The school is a welcoming environment; students are courteous, interacting positively with one another, with staff and with visitors. Staff know students by name and have an appreciation of their individual strengths and areas for improvement, ensuring they feel valued at the school. All students are treated equally and their specific needs are met both within the classroom and throughout the school day.
We believe that establishing high standards at school will encourage a positive work ethic that supports the children well throughout their lives. Our students are encouraged to be reflective, resourceful and resilient individuals, with high self-esteem and the desire to fulfil their aspirations, illustrated by our school motto ‘Aim, Believe, Achieve’.