Growth Mindset

At Graham James Primary Academy, we know that pupils who have a positive attitude towards their learning will make good progress and be successful. Consequently, instilling all our pupils with ‘growth mindsets’ has become a key priority for the school for this year (2017/18) and beyond.

We want all our pupils to relish challenge, embrace their mistakes as part of the learning process, value the importance of effort, respond carefully to feedback and take inspiration from others. This will help them to achieve, not only with us, but also as they move forward into adulthood.

The following clips explain it in more detail:

We know that in order to fulfil the potential of our pupils and encourage them to become confident and resilient learners we, as a team of school staff and parents, need to be modelling the mindset of a learner who is not afraid of making mistakes but who thrives upon them, knowing that this is all part of the learning process. The way in which we encourage children to learn and explore is vital to their success, not only at school but also at home.

At Graham James we have been learning about ‘The Power of Yet’. This philosophy encourages children to identify what they cannot do and then say ‘yet’. This shows them that, with a growth mindset, they will achieve their goal, by having a positive attitude, facing challenges, never giving up and working hard. The school is now buzzing with talk of perseverance, challenge, risk, celebrating mistakes and ‘The Power of Yet’.

Please ask your child about: ‘The Power of Yet’.

These are some of the displays around school:

Free plastic recycling for schools #BeFantasticDontWastePlastic


CLICK HERE to sign our Year 6 plastic recycling petition

Over the last half term, we have been learning about the catastrophic effects of plastic waste on the environment.

After watching Theresa May’s 25 Year Plan and BBC’s Blue Planet, we were shocked to discover that millions of tonnes of plastic waste is being dumped in landfill sites and making its way into our oceans and onto our beautiful beaches,  destroying habitats and harming animals.

After investigation, we have found that as a school, we are contributing to this devastating, worldwide situation and as a result, we desperately want to change this. We are already spending a large proportion of the school’s budget on recycling paper and we simply cannot afford the additional costs of plastic recycling too.

We are all passionate about this!

Household recycling is included in their council tax, whereas school recycling is NOT included in our business rates.

We do not think this is right or fair!

We challenge the government to allow schools to support ‘The 25 Year Plan’ and provide free recycling provision.

Please sign our petition and help us make a difference. 

Thank You,

Year 6

Graham James Primary Academy, Essex



Spring term

Period From To
School time Tuesday 2 January 2018 Friday 9 February 2018
No school,
half-term holiday
Monday 12 February 2018 Friday 16 February 2018
School time Monday 19 February 2018 Thursday 29 March 2018
No school,
Easter holiday
Friday 30 March 2018 Friday 13 April 2018


Summer term

Period From To
School time Monday 16 April 2018 Friday 4 May 2018
No school,
May Day
Monday 7 May 2018
School time Tuesday 8 May 2018 Friday 25 May 2018
No school,
half-term holiday
Monday 28 May 2018 Friday 1 June 2018
School time Monday 4 June 2018 Friday 13 July 2018
No school,
summer holiday
Monday 16 July 2018 next school year



16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th July 2018