Alma Primary aims to provide an outstanding general and Jewish education including Modern Hebrew to Jewish families from across the community, as well as local families of other religions or none.
The school is built on four core values:
Excellence in Teaching and Learning
The school will support the highest level of academic attainment and will place a priority on critical, independent and creative thought and expression. Every child will be supported to make the greatest possible progress, achieve their maximum potential and make a successful transition to the secondary school of their choice. Both boys and girls will be provided with a thorough Jewish and Hebrew education of the highest standards which will equip them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to participate in Jewish life and learning.
Inclusivity and Diversity
The school will be a community, non-selective free school welcoming children of all academic abilities. It will support the abilities and learning styles of every child from the gifted and talented to those with specific educational needs. It will welcome families from across the spectrum of religious observance and families who are of other faiths and none. All families will be valued and included, regardless of how or whether they choose to be involved in Jewish life.
Identity and Values
The school will create a caring, inter-generational community of children, parents and teachers in which it fosters a love of Judaism, pride in Jewish identity and a commitment to the Jewish people and Israel. Through positive and inspiring Jewish experiences including daily prayer, we will enable moral and spiritual development. Children will be imbued with the ethical and moral values of the Jewish tradition including good citizenship, volunteerism, mutual responsibility, care for the natural world and positive relationships with other faiths and the wider community.
Nurturing Each Child to Achieve their Best
The school believes that the most important contribution that a primary school makes to a child’s life is to create a love of learning and an enjoyment of education. When this is achieved, a primary school continues to have a positive impact right through to adult life. To this end, it will create a happy, warm and nurturing environment in which children experience success both in lessons and in extra-curricular activities; become independent and resilient learners; grow as people intellectually, spiritually and physically; enjoy warm relationships with their teachers and with each other; and are excited and inspired to challenge themselves within a safe and secure context.