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Vision and Values


Vision and Values


Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.


‘To seek, to find and not to yield’.


Edward Wilson Primary School aims to create a safe and secure learning environment where pupils feel valued, happy and receive the highest standards of teaching and learning.


The school is named after Dr. Edward Wilson, artist, naturalist and explorer, who accompanied Captain Scott to the Antarctic and resided on Bourne Terrace. Overlooking the Great Lake on Observation Hill in Antarctica, where Wilson, Scott and the rest of the exploration party died, is a cross inscribed with the final verse of Tennyson’s poem, Ulysses: ‘Strong in will to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield’. We aim to inspire, challenge and motivate our pupils, and our entire school community, with the motto: ‘To seek, to find and not to yield’, where the highest aspirations and expectations are held by all associated with Edward Wilson Primary School.


Edward Wilson Primary School Values:


  • community;
  • curiosity
  • perseverance
  • respect
  • kindness
  • honesty


All members of staff, governors, pupils, parents and visitors are part of a team working to promote these values with the aim of creating an engaging learning environment where all pupils are ready for the next steps in their learning journey.


The school has a thriving Parent and Teacher Association (PTA), and our pupils are taught to be responsible citizens and take an active role in our community. Through PHSCE, storytelling and themed based assemblies, our pupils learn about the importance of moral values such as honesty, respect, tolerance, resilience, perseverance and friendship as we prepare our pupils for life in a modern, democratic society.


We also teach our pupils fundamental British Values:


  •  Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutal respect for, and tolerance of, those with different faiths and beliefs - including those without faith 


The curriculum is comprehensive and both broad and balanced. Teachers take a creative approach when planning lessons and pupils are given opportunities to experiment, investigate, express opinions, be challenged and taught to make informed choices. Edward Wilson Primary School emphasises the importance of working both independently and collaboratively.


Edward Wilson Primary School Aims


In partnership with parents and the community, we seek to ensure all pupils:

  • are aspirational and ambitious for themselves
  • are able to learn and reach limitless expectations
  • receive an excellent and rich education, achieving to the best of their ability
  • are happy, healthy, confident, independent and motivated learners
  • have a strong foundation of values, based on a local and national heritage, that enable them to make informed choices in a local and global community.



Family Support


To support the school in its aim towards delivering the highest standards of teaching and learning for all pupils, we ask that families commit to the following when deciding to school their children at Edward Wilson Primary:


  • Commit to developing a positive and respectful relationship with your child's teachers and wider school staff;
  • Ensure that your child attends school each day, unless unwell;
  • Read with your child daily at home or in a library;
  • Ensure that any homework is completed and returned on time;
  • Meet with your child’s class teacher at each of the three Parents Evenings;
  • Work on your child’s personal targets at home;
  • Read all communication (newsletters, emails, texts) from the school;
  • Inform the school of any changes to your child’s medical needs and emergency contact details;
  • Share any other information with the school which may impact on your child’s well-being.



Darren Guttridge