The community of William Patten is inclusive and diverse. Children are aware of and show respect for each other’s beliefs and cultures, which are recognised and celebrated throughout the school year. The school’s commitment to excellence in Personal, Social and Health Education is also recognised by the PSHE association.
Over 30 languages are spoken in the school and the children learn to greet each other in these languages, with a focus ‘language of the month’ in addition to the teaching of Spanish as a modern foreign language.
Children’s individual successes are also celebrated and awards are presented to children in recognition of their termly achievements and weekly good deeds. The school ensures that children are aware of the contribution they can make to society as active citizens, with their understanding of the rule of law, as well as individual liberty, developed through the PSHE curriculum. Children contribute to their own ‘class charter’ at the beginning of the year which is displayed in their classrooms and referred to throughout. Weekly assemblies also focus on the social and emotional aspects of learning. Further to this, children take part in democratic processes, such as electing their school and the school participates in the borough’s ‘Democracy Week’. Their understanding of how democracy developed is also supported by the school’s curriculum.
The school has high expectations for all learners and is committed to broadening the children’s horizons and enriching the curriculum through an active engagement with the local and wider community. The children at William Patten are well supported in developing a deep routed love of learning to prepare them well for their next steps in education and future employment.