School Aims and Values
Our most basic purpose is to encourage and help children to realise and achieve their full potential.
Our aims are:
- To create a secure and happy school environment where courtesy, consideration, good manners and honesty hold high priority.
- To provide an excellent education, both academic and social, in a Christian context.
- To be an integral part of the community, working in partnership with the Church and local community through both individuals and organisations.
- To continually develop the school as a key focus in the community.
- To provide a broad and balanced curriculum for each child, acknowledging the needs of the individual.
- To give each child equal opportunity to develop independence, confidenceand self-esteem, whist enjoying their learning.
- To encourage the children to care for others and work co-operatively, thereby valuing the growth of their own achievements and those of others.
- To help pupils to achieve to their full potential, contribute to the community beyond school and make positive contributions to the community in which they live.
- To maintain an attractive and welcoming learning environment.
The true results of children’s education will not always be able to be measured in terms of marks gained or even knowledge acquired, important though they are. We also highly value integrity, honesty, effort, maturity and responsibility as well as care and consideration shown towards others.
Our school has chosen endurance, trust and community as core Christian values of all we do.
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Endurance is learning to keep going when something becomes hard. It’s about not giving up on yourself or those around you. It’s about believing in yourself, your gifts and talents. It’s not being frightened to dream and to hang onto that dream. It’s about helping each other as that’s how we want to be treated.
Trust lies at the heart of all healthy relationships. By being reliable, responsible and honest with ourselves and others we learn to trust. It’s when you keep your promises and have the courage to speak out. In this way we learn how to look after each other.
We try hard to make our school inclusive. It is a safe space, a place where you’re trusted, feel supported and are believed in. Each person has a role to play within our school community. We learn to say sorry, forgive each other and make a fresh start. It’s where you can give your ideas and thoughts to make it a better place.
Promoting British Values at Ivegill CE Primary School
The DFE have stated the need for all schools to ‘promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and added further guidance for schools to follow in 2014.
At Ivegill CE School British values are planned and delivered through a broad and balanced curriculum.
Two children from each class are voted through a school election to represent their peers on the School Council. The School Council meets to discuss a variety of issues important to our school community.
Pupils have many opportunities in class to share their opinions and ideas through a range of activities including: hot seating, P4C, conscience alley, talking partners, PSHE, RE.
Pupils have the opportunity to lead assemblies, help form class rules and complete pupil questionnaires.
The Rule of Law
At the start of a new school year each class has an opportunity to discuss and shape their own class rules. This gives the children a degree of ownership and helps to create a happy learning environment. The purpose of rules (class, school, country) are discussed. The school’s Behaviour Policy sets clear expectations and boundaries and outlines the system of rewards and sanctions.
Within our school pupils are actively encouraged to make choices knowing they are in a safe, caring environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are informed how to exercise these safely e.g. E-Safety, PSHE, RE lessons. Whether it be through a choice of how to complete a home study topic, participation in extra-curricular activities pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Respect for ourselves and each other is a firmly embedded in our school aims. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their rights and those of others. Children respect and value the contributions all make to the school community. The appreciation of the uniqueness and value of each person is celebrated within each class and within collective worship.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Children have opportunities to explore their own faith and beliefs and those of others through a range of learning experiences. As a predominantly mono-cultural area we enhance our curriculum through visits to different places of worship, charity support for a range of issues, assembly themes, Indian culture day, music from around the world, RE themes and displays.