West Lodge is a “Growth Mindset School”

At West Lodge School, we want all our pupils to relish challenges, 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 in their future lives as adults.

At West Lodge School, we consistently endeavour to challenge and develop the attitudes of all pupils and staff towards learning by considering what makes a successful learner. We dedicate assemblies to address what kind of learners we want to be and how we can positively approach challenges inside and outside the classroom. The school buzzes with talk of perseverance, challenge, risks and celebrating mistakes. A well-known saying from the film Finding Nemo has become our adopted motto: “Just keep swimming!”
We see embracing the growth mindset philosophy as central to the culture at West Lodge School. 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 parents and staff, 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.

Central to this attitude and approach to learning are the theories and proven evidence of Growth Mindset. This is a term coined by psychologist Carol Dweck and her research has identified the characteristics of learners with a fixed and a growth mindset:

The following video explains the concept in more detail:

Key aspects of growth mindset at West Lodge:

• We celebrate making mistakes – we can learn from failure
• We never give up – perseverance is the key if we are to succeed
• We learn from each other
• We don’t compare ourselves with others
• We challenge ourselves and take risks
• We remember that our brains are making new connections and growing all the time; we can grow our brain