We encourage all of our children to develop their personalities and confidence, together with their academic, creative and physical potential. We place a strong emphasis on being able to talk about learning and how we learn through our Building Learning Power programme. Through this children develop the skills to become successful independent and interdependent learners.
To achieve the aims of the school, we offer a broad, balanced and varied curriculum including academic, physical and creative subjects, personal, social and religious education. These are complemented by extra-curricular activities. Every class goes on a visit out of school at least once a term and we arrange a residential visit for each KS2 class bi-annually. Y3 and Y4 go for a 2-day stay, usually in a local outdoor activity centre. Y5 and Y6 have a three day visit in a city such as Manchester. Our last visit included a visit to a school in Bury where the ethnic mix of pupils is very different to ours and a visit to the mosque close the school. The children also visited the Museum of Science and Industry, saw a show, travelled by tram and experienced the Christmas Market. During their time at Braithwaite we plan for all children to experience a range of places and activities – and to achieve this aim we will visit art galleries, walk up mountains and along rivers, arrange magic workshops and theatre shows, as well as trips to the local library and museum. We also ensure that all children have the chance to take a key part in one of our services at least once a year.
We work alongside a variety of groups in the local community and in the last few years have participated in partnership projects with the National Trust, Whinlatter Forest Park and Friends of the Lake District. We have received visits from the local road safety officer, the Police Liaison Officer and Bishop of Carlisle, amongst many.
We believe it is increasingly important that children learn about and are aware of our place in the wider national and global context and to this effect we have links with schools in other countries. We support Keswick’s “Fair Trade” links with Ethiopia.
In the summer term the school produces a drama/musical with the older children taking the main acting roles. The 2017 summer show was "Hoodwinked" (a version of Robin Hood) which was greatly enjoyed by both the pupils taking part and the audience.