Corporation Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear SR2 8PL

0191 5002999

  1. Our School
  2. Our Values and Curriculum Aims

Excellence through Aspiration

               'Success for All'               

Everyone at Valley Road believes in 'Success for All'. We have high expectations and work hard to make sure everyone feels welcome, safe, valued and included. Relationships are the heart of the school; we listen, treat each other equally with respect and tolerance, and form one big, diverse family.


Our children are at the heart of our curriculum, and our vision is that they are the best versions of themselves. We believe that the central aspect to achieving this, is making sure we foster pupil’s well-being, so they believe in themselves, and they can achieve goals, both academic and personal. It is our responsibility to make sure every child develops the personal attributes of kindness, integrity, generosity and honesty, to help them to grow up, into well rounded, successful and happy adults, with an understanding of healthy relationships.

Our school motto is ‘Success for All’. All pupils, regardless of ability, experience a broad, balanced, ambitious and stimulating curriculum, rich in first- hand experiences. This curriculum celebrates their local heritage.  We want all children to be prepared for life; to be proud of who they are, where they come from and what they can achieve. The curriculum provides all pupils' with the skills, knowledge and understanding of their world ready for the next part of their educational journey.




We are a warm and welcoming school. We value the relationships we have with our families. All staff are responsible for building and sustaining trust and will always go the extra mile to make a difference. We listen and give support to make sure these partnerships remain strong. Pupils are happy and feel safe. We are  extremely proud of our  ‘working together’ approach.
All achievements are celebrated and there are many opportunities across school through the interesting curriculum and clubs.  We also have reading buddies, lunchtime monitors, well-being ambassadors and play leaders  who support the other children and act as positive role models.  Our House Captains keep us motivated, working hard and developing a team spirit. Our children tell us they enjoy coming to school and we see that every day through their positive attitudes to learning and their behaviour.



Our Curriculum Aims


Through our exciting, engaging curriculum, we aim to ensure all pupils:

  • Develop lively and enquiring minds
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Explore and understand the world in which they live
  • Develop an appreciation of the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations
  • Express themselves creatively and enjoy the creativity of others
  • Develop personal, moral and spiritual values including respect for others
  • Be prepared for the opportunities and responsibilities of life in a changing world
  • Learn how to learn and regard learning as an enjoyable, lifelong activity
  • Develop a wide range of interests and appreciate the need for a healthy lifestyle
  • Set high personal standards of achievement and value excellence 

To achieve these aims our curriculum is: 

  • Broad: provides a wide range of knowledge, skills and experiences
  • Balanced: each subject has sufficient time to contribute effectively to learning
  • Relevant:  learning can link the pupil's experience to applications in the world at large
  • Coherent: knowledge and skills are linked to make the whole learning experience more meaningful
  • Progressive: what is taught builds in a systematic way upon what has already been learned
  • Adapted: what is taught and the tasks that are set are matched to the aptitude and ability of each pupil
  • Inclusive: there are equality of opportunity for all