The school places a strong emphasis on developing fundamental British Values as part of the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development within its core Christian ethos. Our values are PEACE, TRUST, JUSTICE, FORGIVENESS, HOPE and PERSEVERANCE. We work actively to support pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to ‘Learn, Serve, Shine’ in life in Modern Britain.
We have a strong link with the local Church and together this year have celebrated our 150th and 175th anniversaries. Examples of how we meet the 4 values:
Pupils have the opportunity to express their views and opinions through class and school councils as well as through other voting opportunities such as awards and prizes including May Fair posts of responsibility and the Arnold White Salver Prize. They are consulted each year in a range of questionnaires to gather their views, ideas and experiences. In our curriculum they learn about the democratic process in our country. They are encouraged to be reflective and questioning learners.
Whole school presentation from Houses of Parliament outreach worker – at General Election
Years 1-6 children vote in their Year groups for their school councillors who make up the School Council. Led by a Year 6 pupil as Chair they meet with the headteacher every 2 weeks. The Council provides a channel for pupils’ views and itself determines outcomes for the pupils. Through the School Council all children are involved with the democratic process. School Council members have paid a visit to Westerham Town Council to learn about the similarities and differences of the two Councils.
The Rule of Law
The importance of, and need for, rules is consistently reinforced in class and around school both for behaviour and for learning. There is a clear reference to how rules govern and protect us, the responsibility on all for making them work and how there are consequences for breaking the rules. Within a Christian context they are taught about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and explore the challenges that they can face in doing the right thing including dealing with peer pressure.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices within a safe and supportive environment. They are reminded of the need to think about not just their ‘rights’ but also their ‘responsibilities’ and to think about how their individual choices may affect others. Within the curriculum, PSHE and collective worship often offer an opportunity to look at personal choices but this occurs across the curriculum.
Year 6 – Safety in Action event
KS1 – Visits from police and fire brigade
e-safety – how our actions might affect others online
Trust and Justice are at the heart of our school’s values and are reinforced within class learning and collective worship to emphasise the need to value each individual, their views, their beliefs and their lifestyles. The school is an inclusive community. No discrimination is tolerated within school.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our pupils are supported through the whole curriculum, through RE and through collective worship to develop a growing understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. We are particularly aware that we need to support our pupils in a mainly white British school to experience a society and world that is much more diverse than their daily lives.
In addition to Christianity the children learn about other faiths such as Islam and Hinduism which give them a better understanding of others’ viewpoints.
In October we made a link with a school in Tanzania by sending a suitcase of school uniform over with a visiting priest. We are now going to develop our link so children have a direct experience of children from another culture.