Building character: why we do what we do by @MaximJKelly

We decided to map out what a Laxey pupil would ultimately become so that we could answer this question and better articulate our school’s purpose and raison d’être. Our response resulted in a model we have termed “Laxey Learners” which celebrates the growth mindset and learning power culture that is so established in the school and makes clear the outcomes it aims to produce: Laxey Learners are fit for the future; Laxey Learners are successful; Laxey Learners are compassionate; Laxey Learners are leaders, and Laxey learners are inclusive.

Coming to Laxey means a commitment that no child is left behind, as we develop in them the skills to tackle the challenges of the 21st century and create tomorrow’s leaders amongst others. We believe our Laxey Learners statement is an important strand to our school that helps mark us out as clearly and identifiably inclusive in nature because it seeks to build character in everyone. In everyone. Regardless of age, stage, background, culture or gender. It accepts no excuses in its belief that every child can succeed and deserves to be taught to the very highest standard.

Our ‘Laxey Learners’ statement:

Laxey Learners are fit for the future

The development of learning habits 
drives our curriculum. As a result, children have a growth mindset and the transferable skills and dispositions that make them fit for their future 
in a diverse world. We equip children with the 
skills to succeed: confidence, resilience, problem-solving, communication, adaptability and reflection. They are brave enough to take risks. Faced with an unpredictable future, a growth mindset allows our children to see future challenges are actually opportunities to succeed.

Laxey Learners are successful

Our approach to schooling and our curriculum ensure that every child is challenged on a daily basis.
We believe that everyone has the potential to improve and that hard work and a positive attitude can make the impossible possible. This growth mindset approach brings success. Children succeed when they take responsibility for themselves and are accountable for their choices. This approach drives Laxey School.

Laxey Learners are compassionate

At Laxey, we know education and school is more than just academia. Our responsibility is to develop children as global citizens, and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously. Pupil’s at Laxey School use empathy to guide their choices. Because they are compassionate they are able to look beyond themselves and consider the needs of others and the wider world.

Laxey Learners are leaders

At Laxey we foster leadership. Children learn to collaborate and to take responsibility for themselves and others. They make decisions and evaluate them. They identify problems and solve them. They are given genuine leadership opportunities such as a voice for change, choices in learning and decisions about school life. These experiences provide our children with the skills, knowledge and understanding which enable them to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Laxey Learners are inclusive

We are committed to equality and inclusion. We believe it is crucial that children develop 
the attitudes which allow them to embrace, value and celebrate difference. We ensure that our children value individuality, each person with their own unique qualities and experiences. We believe that everybody counts: everybody is important, everybody has something positive to offer and together we can embrace the exciting opportunities a diverse world offers.

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About maximjkelly 12 Articles
I am the Executive Headteacher of two schools in the Isle of Man (Dhoon School and Laxey School) which form the Laxey / Dhoon Federation. The schools are on the mid to north east coast of the Isle of Man and are roughly 5 miles apart.

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