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West Wycombe School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Our Growth Mindset Ethos

Our Growth Mindset Song

We love our Growth Mindset approach to learning!

At West Wycombe School, 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. We have introduced the theories of Dr Carol Dweck to staff and pupils and are determined to embed its ideas within our school ethos. 

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.


We are very excited about continuing our growth mindset culture at West Wycombe School.


Encouraging children to become confident and resilient learners


Learn, explore and grow together. This is what we embed in all of our pupils here at West Wycombe 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. The way in which we encourage children to learn and explore is vital to their success, not only at school but at home as well.


At West Wycombe, we consistently endeavour to challenge and develop the attitudes of all pupils and staff towards learning by considering what makes a successful learner. We have dedicated sessions in class to address what kind of learners we want to be and how we can positively approach challenges inside and outside the classroom. The school is buzzing with talk of perseverance, challenge, risks and celebrating mistakes.


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:

What is a Growth Mindset?

Learn how a growth mindset, not a fixed mindset, can help you succeed. Having a growth mindset can help you to learn from feedback and improve.

Key aspects of growth mindset at West Wycombe School:


  • We celebrate making mistakes – we can learn from them;
  • We never give up – perseverance is the key if we are to succeed;
  • We learn from each other;
  • We go through the 'Learning Pit'
  • We know that success is an iceberg and that behind every success there is dedication, hard work, sacrifice and failure
  • 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.


For further information on how to encourage confident and resilient learners at home, have a look at some of the links below.

The Iceberg Illusion

The Learning Pit

Our 'Learning Pit' song

Page last updated: 12/02/24