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Vision and Ethos

It is a real privilege to be the Headteacher of Shirley Infant School (part of Shirley Schools).  Our school is a vibrant, happy setting where children come first.  Our ethos is what makes us special.  At Shirley Infants, we share a passionate commitment to helping everyone to be their best.   Every child has a different starting point, and we work hard to enable them to succeed and make good progress for them.

We aim to make learning so fabulous that children love coming to school.  We are so proud of our attendance and thank our community for sharing this success with us.  We are constantly searching for new and innovative ways to make learning exciting, so that everyone enjoys the sense of adventure that learning brings.  The school works hard to uphold the aimed of ‘Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day’ by ensuring that the development of the whole child is embedded and planned for throughout the curriculum. Opportunities and sequences of learning are carefully and skilfully designed to ensure that pupils’ personal, social and emotional development takes priority. As a result, children are ready to learn and are well-prepared for the next stage of their education. In a recent review of the school the “physical, academic and emotional environment for learning” was identified as a key strength and praised by inspectors.

Although we recognise that academic success is important, we also believe that for education to be successful, it has to be about preparing children for life.  We believe that our children should develop an understanding of the wider world, their place within it and how they can make a positive difference.  Our core values of Independence, Curiosity, Perseverance, Kindness and Co-operation really matter to us.  We encourage our pupils to work hard, knowing that facing challenges and making mistakes are all part of the journey for everyone. 

Our staff team are so committed to making a real difference to the children in our care.  Everything that we do as a school is to ensure that our children enjoy coming to school and are supported to be successful in all areas of school life. We are built on strong values; our pupils show tremendous care and respect for one another and we are very proud of their excellent behaviour.

We all take great pride in our lovely school.  I do hope that our website gives you a feel for the learning that happens daily at Shirley Infant School.  You are warmly invited to visit us to find out more.

Cate Gregory


We are proud to be a part of the Shirley School's community.