Our school is a family
We work together to ensure that our school family be safe, happy and learn.
We want our children to succeed and recognise how important it is that their experiences and learning are broad and full. Children need to enjoy academic success to prepare them for the next step in their education. We also strongly believe that our children need a strong focus on their personal development so that they are ready to learn and grow.
Our curriculum highlights opportunities to promote language, personal, cultural and community development through practical and engaging learning.
We want our children to enjoy a full range of experiences and to recognise learning in all that they are involved.
Life at school is based on six core values :
These values are the basis for our approach to school life and are used to promote positive learning behaviours. The values are part of every class and we focus on one each half term. The half termly value becomes a focus for Collective Worship and a vehicle to develop the skills we need to live and learn.
The most important way for our children to understand democracy is to experience it in action.
This takes place most obviously through the school council system. Annual elections introduce the terminology of democracy and the children experience the formal procedure. Once the council is elected the members will report back to their classes, canvass opinions and include all children in the process.
Our ethos and relationships with children ensure that they experience the importance of fairness and can contribute to discussion and decision making within the day to day life of the school. This could include voting for a class reward or electing a spokesperson in group work. Democracy is also an important strand within our history curriculum.
Rule of law
The children understand the importance of our school values to ensure everyone can enjoy SAFE, HAPPY, LEARNING.
Our values are promoted through Collective Worship, the curriculum and interactions between all members of the school community. These are: Respect, Friendship, Perseverance, Forgiveness, Service and Courage.
The consistent application of the behaviour policy reinforces expectations and consequences.
Curriculum links, visits and visitors highlight the work of the emergency services and their role in the community.
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supported environment. Evidence for this can be found in the following ways:
PANTS – a whole school NSPCC Pants day has helped children to create their own safeguarding hands. These are displayed in each classroom and point out 5 people that each child can talk to if they are in trouble.
E-Safety Day – A whole school e-safety day has taken place using the CEOP materials. This has helped children to feel safe online.
Parent E-Safety – Parent sessions have been held for e-safety. These were targeted sessions for families who had problems in this area.
RSHE – A new scheme is in place and allows children to discuss issues as a class and tackle larger problems.
Respect is one of our core values so is an important feature of our work. Building positive relationships with our children and families is essential as we work with many families who have experienced trauma. Training in this areas is provided to staff each year and this builds into how we work together and how we treat our children. In turn our children understand the expectations we hold and how to treat on another with respect.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We are fortunate to serve a diverse community and celebrate what we have in common and what makes us all unique. Community cooks books, maps displaying the school population, learning about different festivals in collective worship and space in the curriculum to discuss differing views of history mean that children understand and enjoy a wide variety of background.
Prejudicial incidents are rare and actively followed up. Children report feeling safe and feel welcomed. Children settle quickly into our school from wherever they join.