Ethos, Values & Qualities
Millbank children bring a range of linguistic and ethnic backgrounds, and this cultural diversity is a key characteristic of the school. We want all our children to become culturally literate, which E.D. Hirsch Jnr defines as possessing “the basic information needed to thrive in the modern world”. This is how we increase pupils’ academic success and life chances
Our vision of success
Each and every child in our school succeeds – our skilled and committed teachers and support staff are passionate about what they do, and work hard to ensure your child flourishes.
Children enjoy learning – our curriculum is stretching and stimulating. We promote excellent learning and social behaviour.
Relationships are open and trusting – school staff actively encourage personal relationships between home and school and between child and teacher.
Parents support their child’s education – we involve parents and carers in pupils’ progress and attainment, and there is a productive partnership between home and school.
Our school first opened in 1901, and has been an important part of the community ever since. We are very proud of its history and of our Grade II listed Victorian building and site.
Most children live in the local community, and many join our Nursery class aged three and a half. They stay with us until they leave for secondary school at the end of Year 6, aged 11. The majority of Millbank pupils move on to the Outstanding Pimlico Academy for their secondary education.
Nurturing good citizens
We help our pupils to realise their important role as citizens in their community, as Londoners and as citizens of the United Kingdom.
We play a positive part in the life of the local community by initiating community events, building a relationship with older residents, and volunteering.
Children’s academic success relies on achieving the highest standards of behaviour, participation and attendance. Our pastoral care focuses on these standards, as we work in partnership with parents, carers and other agencies to ensure an environment in which children can learn.
It is important that children feel they are known, safe, valued and respected.
Our class teachers take the lead in pastoral care, getting to know parents and carers swiftly through the many formal and informal opportunities that are provided. All teaching and support staff are involved too, reporting children's successes to the class teacher, so that achievements can be celebrated and shared.
Every week we have a whole school assembly. Here we share news and celebrate successes. Pupils are encouraged to see themselves in the context of the wider school community.
Behaviour – Our guiding rules
We expect the highest standards of behaviour. Our behaviour code is applied consistently through our guiding rules, which are displayed in each classroom and in the playground. Our rules underpin everything we do:
We come to school to learn – Millbank Academy has the highest expectations for progress and attainment, and for behaviour. We are relentless in promoting excellent teaching and learning.
We respect each other – we insist on the use of respectful words and actions from everyone, to everyone.
We keep each other safe – we have the highest expectations for social behaviour, self-control and self-responsibility. The warm and friendly environment of our school ensures that all children feel safe and secure.