Muirfield’s Vision, Values and Aims
Building firm foundations for success together.
To provide a nurturing environment where children can develop respect for themselves, each other, their community and the wider world, and who are equipped with the skills to meet the challenges they face as they develop and grow.
To provide a rich and exciting curriculum which engages and motivates children and in which every child can develop fully as an individual and achieve their full potential.
To provide opportunities for every child to feel part of and be able to contribute actively to the school, local and global communities.
To develop resilient, responsible, confident and independent children with a love of learning who aspire to do well.
Supported by Aberdeen City Council, Muirfield School is committed to provide quality learning opportunities for all. Expectations of standards of work and behaviour are high, but achievable. Through a nurturing approach which demonstrates concern for the well-being of every individual, we aim to foster a happy and safe environment. We seek to maintain a partnership with pupils, parents and the wider community through effective communication.
We take a nurturing approach towards behaviour Leadership, understanding that all behaviour is communication. We endeavour to resolve any conflicts in a restorative manner, listening to both sides of every conflict and encouraging children to find their own solutions. We treat every child as an individual and aim to understand their particular needs when dealing with problems. Our whole-school behaviour policy places on the positive, rewarding children for good behaviour rather than punishing negative behaviour. All children are expected to follow the Muirfield Golden Rules which are on display around the school.
No form of bullying is tolerated at Muirfield School. Appropriate action is taken promptly following any incident of bullying. A restorative approach is taken which aims to rebuild relationships and develop empathy. A copy of the anti-bullying policy is available on request from Senior Leadership.
For pupils who excessively compromise the good order of the school, by seriously disrupting learning and teaching, unsafe practices, bullying and other forms of abuse, the local authority exclusion policy will apply. For further information contact the school office.
We are working towards the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA). We recognise that Article 12 (respect for the views of the child) and Article 13 (freedom of expression) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are fundamental to ensuring that children’s rights are respected.
We have an active Pupil Council which meets fortnightly to discuss school improvements from the children’s perspective. Children have the opportunity to develop and lead their own lunchtime clubs. We have an enthusiastic cohort of litter pickers who help keep our playground tidy and litter-free. Primary 7 children have been trained in Peer Mediation, and pairs of peer mediators are present in the playground, sorting out children’s disagreements where appropriate and helping them to find their own solutions to their problems. The peer mediators listen carefully to both sides of the story and never take sides.
Through pupil profiling, children are gaining in confidence in talking about their learning. All children have opportunities to decide what they want to learn, how to go about it and how to share their learning.