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Ethos and Values


‘Everything we do is focused on giving every child the best teaching, environment, experiences and opportunities regardless of background and circumstance’

At Nanstallon we strive to be a school that is ready for children and a school that is universal in provision and fully inclusive as well as focused on the essential QI skills for lifelong learning.

We stand by the principles of The Circle of Courage to ensure that every child feels they belong; that they are valued; that they have something to contribute; that they have the freedom to be themselves; to develop independence; that they can gain a mastery of important life skills, find and follow their interests; learn to read for pleasure with fluency and understanding; write with flair, imagination and accuracy; achieve number sense and love for patterns and connections; and explore a broad, balanced, varied, stimulating, enriching and hands-on practical curriculum.

At Nanstallon we strive to ‘live our badge’ – so that our collective mission, motto and values thread throughout our curriculum, plans, policies, aims and actions.


Ad Vitam Paramus – Preparing for Life


Ensure our ethos reflects the circle of courage model: Belonging, Generosity, Independence and Mastery


  • Unity
  • Collective Responsibility
  • Courage
  • Equality & Inclusion
  • Work Ethic

QI Skills

ME – Self-management skills that include self-awareness, self-regulation, self-control, attention, focus. Also, decision-making skills which allow us to manage, regulate, and control our emotions and behaviour.

WE – These are the people skills that allow us to understand, share and “play well” with others, including the language, empathy, listening, and social-emotional skills necessary for effective communication, collaboration and teamwork.

WHY – Skills that include questioning, curiosity and inquisitiveness that allow us to always see the world as a question mark, and strive for a better understanding of how the world works.

WILL – Self-motivation and drive define these critically important skills, including a can-do attitude, conscientiousness, determination, gumption, persistence, perseverance, and focus put into action.

WIGGLE – fidget child, needs to move Physical and intellectual restlessness make up the WIGGLE skills that play a key role in putting WHY and WILL into action. We recognise that children need to move and interact in order to learn well.

WOBBLE – Skills that allow for, build and foster agility, adaptability, resilience, and confer the ability to face, overcome, and learn from failure.

WHAT IF? – Encompassing curiosity, imagination, and creativity, these are the skills that ultimately allow us to understand not just how the world is, but envision how it could be.

Overarching Aims

  • Positive, caring and clearly focused leadership at all levels
  • Team Nanstallon unites and collaborates to maximise children’s confidence and competences
  • Team Nanstallon is united in their high expectations of children’s social , personal, emotional and academic development
  • Engaging environments, effective provision and child-centred curriculum challenges and develops lively, playful, curious, enquiring and questioning mindsets
  • Team Nanstallon sustains a stimulating, organised and secure learning environment that children take pride in
  • High-quality learning and teaching fosters engagement, purpose and nurtures positive self-esteem
  • Team Nanstallon promotes respect and responsibility so that children take ownership of their school
  • Sustain positive partnerships with governors, parents and the community to enrich opportunities for children