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Visions and Values

The Rutland Learning Trust

Working Together
Sustaining Excellence

Transforming Learning


In September 2013 Whissendine CE Primary, St Nicholas CEVA Primary and Ketton CE Primary began working together in a formalised collaboration in order to create a Multi-Academy Trust across the schools.

An Executive Head teacher was appointed to ensure the key priorities and strategic intent is driven forward. Each school has a Head of School who is responsible for the Leadership and Management of the school on a daily basis

As a dedicated team of teachers, support staff, Directors, parents and carers we work with love, professionalism and commitment on behalf of and with the pupils of Ketton, St Nicholas and Whissendine Church of England Primary Academies to provide educational provision of the very highest quality. 
By ‘Working Together to Sustain Excellence and Transform Learning’ we believe that we can improve outcomes for our children - today, tomorrow and in the future.

Our shared vision and aims provide us with a robust self-evaluation framework through which we aim to develop every aspect of the children within our school. Our aims are deliberately positive and, we believe, encompass the structure, goals and Christian values we all share. They are a result of widespread consultations with all stakeholders.


Our Christian Ethos


Christian values and practice are at the heart of our shared life as Church of England Schools and they shape an enquiring and respectful approach to everything around us. We have strong, well established links with our local churches who contribute regularly to our schools programmes and we seek to learn about and from other faith-traditions in today’s world.


Across The Rutland Learning Trust we encourage our pupils to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning. We strive to develop confident, creative, self-assured, positive young people who love to learn, to contribute and to achieve. 

Our inclusive learning environment also teaches our pupils to celebrate differences, help one another and promote a culture of tolerance and mutual respect. Our vision for each child is that they will work towards their personal best, in a caring atmosphere, which reflects the Christian values of our Academy. We encourage a strong community spirit, where we show consideration and support for each other and understand differences.


We have a dynamic and high performing team. 
There is tremendous team spirit - we are all committed to the success of each of our Academies and we always seek to put the children’s best interests first.


Ketton provides its pupils with an outstanding quality of education so that they become imaginative and enthusiastic learners, soaring academically and personally.  
Pupils bubble with the excitement of learning and discovery.”  OFSTED


St Nicholas has achieved more progress in the last sixteen months that some schools ever achieve… Amazing progress across all year groups… Areas of the curriculum are inspiring, exceptional and hugely successful at ‘grabbing learners’.” OFSTED 


Whissendine is an outstanding school. This school is a beacon of exceptional practice in all key areas of its work. Pupils are highly enthusiastic about learning at every age throughout the school. The exciting range of taught subjects and the school’s innovative learning methods are particular strengths.” OFSTED


We seek high levels of attainment and achievement in the core subjects and across a broad, creative curriculum, including a full suite of visits and visitors. 
Memorable learning experiences are at the heart of all we do. 
Every child deserves to be successful and our role is to help them blossom and believe everything is possible!                                                                                                               


Our Core Values:


To improve all children’s learning outcomes, by outstanding teaching and partnership working, within a supportive, caring, Christian school environment; promoting excellence and determination in the acquisition of knowledge and skills.


To prepare children for the challenges of the 21st Century, to enable children to communicate successfully and to stay safe as unique and valued people in a changing world. To understand that learning is an exciting lifelong process.


To promote and instill self-confidence, social, emotional and conflict resolution life skills, in order to live and interact as responsible members of the local, national and worldwide community.


Our curriculum aims to enable all of our team to become…

Successful learners
, who enjoy their learning, make great progress and achieve well;

Confident, creative individuals, who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives,

Active and responsible citizens, who do the right thing - in the right way!

We aim to produce independent thinkers and learners who are better prepared for 21st Century Learning - Resilient, Responsible, Resourceful, Risk Taking, Reflective and Respectful learners.


This is underpinned by our commitment to inculcating our Christian Values across our school.


Joy Faithfulness Patience Empathy Tolerance Peace Kindness Unselfishness  
Forgiveness Love Trust  Loyalty  Honesty   Self-control



St Nicholas C of E Primary School
Aims and Vision

Our school...

  • Enjoys a strong relationship with our local church
  • Ensures Christian values are central to all aspects of our school life
  • Has tolerance, empathy and an understanding of other faiths and cultures
  • Attains high standards of achievement and attainment through a broad, challenging, creative curriculum
  • Ensures high quality learning using effective teaching and learning strategies
  • Ensures all children know what they can do and discover how to get better at the things they find difficult
  • Ensures all children can succeed while enjoying active learning experiences
  • Develops independence: Helps children to apply and have ownership of their learning
  • Is a Healthy School and has a welcoming, safe and secure atmosphere
  • Develops communication skills, including the appropriate use of IT
  • Encourages children to experience a wide range of extra-curricular activities
  • Recognises and values all members of the school community in its widest sense
  • Promotes high achievement and learning for life through our commitment to N.I.C.E. Learning.

British Values

Schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


Through their provision of SMSC, schools should:

• enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;

• enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;

• encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;

• enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;

• further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;

• encourage respect for other people; and

• encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.


The list below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of pupils as a result of schools promoting fundamental British values.

• an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;

• an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;

• an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;

• an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;

• an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and

• an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination