Vision & Values

"Promoting independence through curiosity, awe and wonder..." 

Our school is built on an ethos of open ended, challenging, and uncapped learning, and an environment that promotes and challenges children’s independence through curiosity, awe, and wonder. This enables our children to engage in a rich, bespoke curriculum that is innovative, creative, open ended and active and equips them with the essential knowledge and skills needed to succeed in life and be the best possible version of themselves.

 We strongly believe that for children to learn they need to be happy, engaged and excited about what they do at school. If you have already visited our school you will know that the children are happy, friendly, polite, and well-behaved. High levels of well-being and involvement are seen in all our classes.

The children are a joy to work with and our staff love coming in each day almost as much as the children do! It is not just the children who learn; staff at all levels are constantly developing, seeking higher qualifications and working with other schools to share best practice to try to make our school even better. 



We want our children to be strong and courageous in all that they do. We want our children to be confident in the choices they make and show strength, resilience and courage when things are challenging.


We want our children to embrace who they are, be proud of their uniqueness, to be creative and to think ‘outside the box’. We encourage and support all our children to challenge their own and others thinking, to push the boundaries and try new experiences.


We see ourselves as the ‘beating heart’ of our community. A place where children learn and understand the importance of how communities can bring people together. Through our community, we want to broaden the children’s horizons, so they learn how to be tolerant and respectful of others.


We want our children to learn to be independent: independent in their learning, independent in their thinking, honest and with strong moral principles. From this, the children will learn to make the right decisions for both themselves and all those around them.

Open ended/Open minded

The sky is not the limit, it is just the beginning.  Nothing should get in the way of all our children achieving their best and our open ended, uncapped curriculum is underpinned by this. Regardless of their starting point, the journey is tailored for the child so they can be the best version of themselves.


We expect everyone to show understanding, compassion and to be understanding of how others feel.

We expect our children to understand that sometimes things change, and that sometimes things don’t go to plan but that this is OK.


We teach our children how to be supportive, empathetic inclusive and accepting. We expect our children to show kindness and lend a hand. We expect our children to be there for their friends and peers and to care.


Alongside our CURIOUS Values, we embrace the core values of our Trust:  

We are Fun  

We are Unique  

We are Together  

We are Unafraid

We are Responsible  

We are Energetic  

We are Safe

Our learning environments are designed to create calm, focus and purpose. Our intention is that the classrooms are owned by the children and evolve with the children. These personalised environments allow children to be proud and take pride in their school and their classrooms, celebrating their own successes and the achievements of their peers.  

We never underestimate the ability of our children and pride ourselves on the high expectations we have; there is no cap on learning. We build on what children already know but with clear insight into what comes next. This includes our close working relationship with Olney Middle School.  

 Olney Infant Academy is part of the Inspiring Futures Through Learning (IFtL) Multi-Academy Trust, is based in the rapidly expanding Milton Keynes. We have 16 schools in our trust within Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire (January 24). Each school has its own unique identity and personality. However, we all share the same core goal: to strive to provide a world-class education provision for all children. 

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