Democracy and the right to have your views heard, is a core value of the school. All pupils are treated fairly and have an equal right to be listened to and express their views. Our School Council is a focal part of pupil decision making. Members are elected at the beginning of each year to represent the views of their class. Meetings are held with the Head Teacher and a Governor every half term. Reports of meetings are available on the school website for pupils to share with their parents.
Pupil voice is also facilitated through weekly class discussions in Philosophy for Children.
Parents and Carers are invited to share their views of the school in an annual questionnaire and Parent Voice feedback forms. An open door policy and regular informal coffee mornings with the Head Teacher provide other opportunities for home/school information sharing in addition to regular meetings and curriculum workshops.
The Governing Body is comprised of elected representatives from staff, parents, the LA and the community.
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced in everyday school life as well as in assemblies, class discussions, and when behaviour issues are dealt with. Pupils are taught to recognise right from wrong. The school rules [Golden Rules] are reviewed with pupils at the start of every academic year and pupils may agree on some additional class rules with their teacher. Pupils are taught the reasons behind the Golden Rules and supported to keep them. The latter are displayed in the school hall and every classroom. All displays are supported with visual images to ensure all pupils are able to have ownership of them regardless of ability or reading level. Pupils are encouraged to Stop – Think and Choose the Right Thing. Failure to keep school rules comes with a consequence but mistakes are used as opportunities to move forward with more wisdom.
The school has regular contact with the school police liaison officers. Thus providing a healthy link between school laws and laws of the land.
Before starting school, children, parents and the Head Teacher commit to our Home School Agreement.
Pupils are actively encouraged to develop a positive sense of self and understanding that others may have different opinions. This is done through assemblies, PHSE, Philosophy for Children debates and E-Safety lessons etc. We educate our young pupils and provide boundaries for them to: Stop – Think and Choose, helping them to make decisions that are acceptable to the school community and society at large. This is reinforced by the school logo: Good Thinkers, Good Learners. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms whilst understanding that their choices cannot compromise the rights of others.
Pupils learn about specific British celebrations, events and commemorations through assemblies and curricular topics. They learn, at an age relevant level for infants, how important events in history have shaped our lives and what has made Britain and the world what it is today. Inter-faith festivals are also celebrated and our World Celebration Week encourages appreciation of things that are special to others worldwide. Pupils are taught about difference and diversity and also commonalities to help them appreciate the need to treat each other with mutual respect. [Golden Rules & Behaviour Policy] Sports activities also promote an attitude of equality and fairness.
Our RE and PHSE curriculum, World Celebration week, Philosophy for Children, SEAL lessons, Assemblies, Golden Rules, School Logo: Good Thinkers, Good Learners and listed policies reinforce the message of tolerance and respect for others. Pupils are taught to feel special about themselves and respect the rights and beliefs of everybody else. They are encouraged to celebrate diversity and are supported by staff to express their feelings, and when necessary, to negotiate with their peers to resolve disagreements.
Every minute of every school day provides a wealth of opportunities to enrich the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of our pupils to give them the skills essential to be successful citizens in the community in which they live.
Home School Agreement
Safeguarding / Child Protection Policy
Teaching and Learning Policy
Curriculum Policies – RE, PHSE