Democracy is promoted within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the School Council and Pupil Leadership team. The School Council are voted for by pupils of each class. Children also learn about democracy through PSHCE.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout school, particularly through the behaviour policy and through the school assemblies. The school has its own Golden Rules. Pupils are encouraged to understand the difference between right and wrong, to know that laws protect us and keep us safe, and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce these messages. Our high quality PE curriculum promotes the concept of ‘fair play’. It also teaches children to participate in activities, follow and develop rules, celebrate and reward successes yet be gracious in defeat.
For individual liberty we focus on children's self-confidence and self-awareness and people and communities. We help children to develop a positive sense of themselves.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make positive choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through our provision of a secure environment and empowering education, for example through our E-Safety and PSHCE lessons. Whether it be through expressing personal opinions, making decisions about personal projects or playground activities, or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make their own choices. Home school agreements give children the opportunity to take personal responsibility for their own behaviour and the choices they make.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Mutual Respect & tolerance: where we learn to treat others as we want to be treated. How to be part of a community manage our feelings and behaviour; and form relationships with others.
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. We are aware of developing curriculum resources which reflect a range of cultures and faiths and prepare children for life in modern day multi-cultural Britain. We regularly hold assemblies around values and discussions about bullying have been followed and supported by communication with parents, learning in RE and PSHCE. Collective worship is non-denominational and recognises that those attending may have a range of faiths or none. It is however, “wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character”.
Our school ethos is centred around positive relationships within an atmosphere of respect and learning.