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Vision & Values

At Cuffley, we are committed to our ‘Learning to Learn’ agenda. We believe that instilling a love of learning in children will provide them with the skills they need for the future. Along with this philosophy, we seek to provide an encouraging and nurturing environment, where each child is supported to make the most of their individual strengths and to reach their full potential.

Our vision is to:


• continually strive to raise standards of attainment and achievement, and ensure progression
• help all children develop positive attitudes towards and a thirst for learning
• develop children as curious, keen, independent and effective learners who have the knowledge and understanding of how to learn
• provide a stimulating and innovative curriculum that takes children on a journey of learning
• recognise, acknowledge, value and develop the wide range of natural talents that children bring to and develop at school
• give children the opportunity to explore and gain a wide range of knowledge, understanding and skills, with a particular focus on the core skills; numeracy, literacy, science, information and communication technology
• develop children’s ability to think
• to explore and gain values and attitudes that will support them in developing a strong sense of community and prepare them for later life
• to have a school ethos where children are safe and secure, supported and challenged, where they are willing to take risks and ‘have a go’. Where children do not mind making mistakes and always aim for success
• provide an environment where learning is inclusive, expectations high and where both self-confidence and self-esteem are raised and positive


What Ofsted said:


“Pupils’ behaviour was exemplary during the inspection. Your pupils were polite and courteous to me, their peers and adults alike. You have developed a school with a positive atmosphere and ethos”

Ofsted, 28th March 2018


“Pupils have made good progress within reading, writing and mathematics consistently above the national averages at key stage 1 and key stage 2.”

Ofsted, 28th March 2018


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Life


“Together, you are achieving your plan that the school should be a place that develops and nurtures the whole child”


Ofsted 28th March 2018


Our values are to:


At Cuffley School we believe in developing the whole child. It is important to us to:


  • develop a sense of belonging and enhance children’s life opportunities
  • enable every child to achieve their potential and make a significant contribution to society
  • support children in developing positive relationships
  • help children to develop their self confidence and high self esteem
  • give children the opportunity to explore values and beliefs through class assemblies, R.E. lessons, our Personal Social and Health Education and other curriculum areas
  • build an ethos of mutual respect


There are numerous and varied opportunities to contribute to the school community through plays, concerts, assemblies and for children to take responsibilities within school as classroom monitors, sports leaders, team captains, librarians and research group representatives. This creates a very strong bond within school that then translates into the local community and beyond.


There is a very strong ethos at Cuffley of helping and understanding others. There are many charity events that are organised by the school council which have local, national and international significance.


Children develop an understanding of their own culture and have opportunities through a range of subjects and experiences to recognise this. Parents and children contribute to the curriculum by sharing their experiences. Exploration of different cultures is delivered through assemblies and the curriculum.