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All children have dreams. At Hendre Junior School, our core aim is to equip each of our children with the attitude, the determination and the resilience to turn their dreams into aspirations and goals which they can realise.

If they are to achieve this, our children must have the highest expectations of themselves and we must have the highest expectations of them.

Hence, the school’s central philosophy and mission is:

The school’s philosophy and vision is based on the core values of collaboration, belonging and pride which underpin all policy and practice. In doing so, we aim to create a happy and caring school where our children feel a sense of belonging, feel valued as both individuals and members of a community and learn to co-operate and collaborate with each other.

High Standards

Academic standards are good with pupils achieving well in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, and also in the National Literacy and Numeracy Tests.

Correlation is good between these sets of results and they compare favourably with local and national standards.


Our children display talents in a wide range of other Areas - sport, music, performing arts, science and technology, environmental and charity work and community projects.

The school embraces these talents and nurtures them, providing a wealth of opportunities for our children to shine.

We are very proud that individuals, groups and teams from Hendre have represented the school at local, regional and national levels in activities as far reaching as karate in Welsh and British championships; dance at the National Urdd Eisteddfod and swimming and cross-country at county level


The school’s curriculum is designed to be as broad and balanced as possible, so as to provide opportunities for all of our children to succeed.

Success is measured in many different ways - personal success comes in the form of being able to look at something you have done or achieved with a sense of genuine pride.

At Hendre, we aim to provide our children with opportunities to make themselves proud every day.

All learning experiences are based on the acquisition, development and application of 3 key skill areas: Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Competency.

These skills are planned progressively using the Literacy & Numeracy Framework and over-arch the subjects of the National Curriculum which are taught through a mixture of discreet subject teaching and cross-curricular themes.

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Children are encouraged to be active stakeholders in their learning, and learning experiences are designed to be relevant, child-centred, experiential and fun.

Hendre Junior School is a Lead Creative School, actively promoting and delivering creative ways of thinking, teaching and learning, with teachers who are keen to embrace and implement new ideas and approaches.

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21st Century Learning

A key responsibility of the school is to equip the children with the skills and attitudes necessary to prepare them to become future members of society.

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Key among these is empowering children to have an active voice in important decisions that shape their school and influence their education.

Technological development in recent years has made the world around us an exciting place where distances and circumstances present few barriers to the journeys of enquiring minds.

At Hendre Junior School we value the enquiring minds of our pupils, striving to equip them with the confidence and skills to meet life’s challenges by embracing the benefits of new technologies and using them to the fullest advantage.

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School Ethos

If our children are to reach their goals, achieve their potential and realise their dreams, they must first believe that they can.

Central to this is the need to create a culture in which our children are not afraid to make mistakes, rather to value them as something they can learn from to move them forward in their learning.

Our school ethos and the positive relationships established within our school community promote the value of learning and create a desire for children to become lifelong learners.

We promote the belief that learning is not just of value as a means to an end but that learning itself is of value- we want our children to enjoy the journey!

Involving pupils in shaping the ethos of the school challenges them to share the responsibility for making it a more friendly and orderly place. Children are more likely to abide by rules that they have decided on and feel that they have ownership of.

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"The real danger for us all is not that we aim too high and miss our goal, but that we aim too low and reach it."

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