Junior School


Our Trust's Vision and Strategic Framework

For Children, Families and Communities

The Wensum Trust is a family of schools that believes in putting the children and families within our local communities at the centre of all we do. Our vision is to work together to help every child to develop into high achieving, confident, healthy, caring and resilient members of their family and community; creating a pathway to support their career aspirations, independence and contribution to society.

We value the need to develop positive relationships with every child and every family in order to achieve this vision. We aim to work together to understand and respond to individual circumstances, regardless of background or early life adversities, and to offer the appropriate care during challenges along the way.

Our Strategic Framework

Our new framework has been designed to guarantee that the needs of the whole child are met and that our schools offer every child the best possible support throughout their learning journey. At the core of our values is our own, unique definition of success:

"Children are in school, participating and enjoying their learning and feeling safe; with a sense of belonging and with aspirations towards a future path. Our children are resilient, articulate and, by the time they leave us, they are learners for life."


Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing is at the foundation of all that we do. Prioritising mental health and wellbeing lays the foundations for future relationships, better health, positive engagement and successful learning.

Click here for more information on our unique approach to mental health.

Learning & Achievement

We maintain high expectations of our children and we aim for every child to make excellent progress at every stage.  A stronger foundation of mental health and wellbeing will enable more children who are less academically driven to engage with their learning and to achieve their potential in school and beyond.

Careers & Life Skills

By giving each child a clear career trajectory, supported by our strategic partners, we lift their aspirations, give them a sense of belonging and help them to become learners for life. They gain a better understanding of the purpose of education and develop into high achieving individuals who are able to better support and contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of their own children or other young people in the future.


Our School Curriculum

At Firside Junior School, our curriculum places both children’s knowledge and skills as its core. Our aim is to have a curriculum that builds on prior learning by providing rich, child-centred learning experiences, which enable children to foster a love of learning through critical thinking, creativity and challenge. Our curriculum promotes independence and resilience in our learners.

At Firside Junior School, we aim to develop happy, healthy children. Every child is recognised as a unique individual, where differences are celebrated and welcomed within our school community.

At Firside Junior School, reading is at the heart of our curriculum. We promote reading for pleasure, for knowledge and for purpose. This enables pupils to explore and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

Alongside this, our curriculum provides wider opportunities for pupils to learn beyond their classroom: through visitors, sport, drama, music and visits to their local area and further afield.

At Firside Junior School, our curriculum develops knowledge and understanding at a local, national and global level. We aim to foster the development of positive relationships to prepare our young people for learning, life and future successes.