Our Christian Values are at the heart of school life and are complemented by the development and understanding of core British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs.
Our Values are promoted throughout our curriculum, in Collective Worship and by specific teaching. Children have varied opportunities to explore and develop attitudes and skills which will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain and our global society.
Children can develop their self esteem and self confidence through taking on a variety of roles and responsibilities within their own class and across school. Our Junior Leadership Team (JLT) includes roles such as Junior Headteacher, Junior Catering Manager, Librarians and Class Representatives. These roles are democratically elected which gives children experience of applying and presenting to their peers about their understanding of the importance of the role and what they can offer should they be elected.
Rule of Law
We have high expectations of learning and behaviour. Children are taught to understand the difference between right and wrong in their behaviours and relationships towards others. In our Positive Behaviour policy this is expressed simply as three Rights and Responsibilities which every child and adult in our school has:
The Right to Learn-the Responsibility to make the most of our learning and allow others to learn
The Right to be Safe-the Responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe
The Right to Express our Beliefs and Faiths-the Responsibility to respect the views and opinions of others
These Rights are explored regularly with the children.
Supporting others helps us to appreciate our own lives and to share what we have with others.
Each year we support charities through our Harvest Service (Water for Mara 2014, Wakefield Foodbank 2015, NSPCC 2016), Christingle Service (National Children’s Society) and Remembrance Service (Royal British Legion). We also take part in other fundraising events such as Children In Need and Red Nose Day
In addition to the charity events organised by school, our children organise and run their own after school charity fundraising stalls which this year has included:
Contributing to our local community
We have strong links within our local community and children take part in church events such as singing to the ‘Over 50’s’, leading the church Harvest Service, leading the local Remembrance Service and supporting the ‘Pride in Horbury Bridge’ group to care for our locality
Within our school community
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our global partnerships with Mara in Tanzania and Finland, provide opportunities for our children to appreciate similarities and differences between their lives and those of other children and to value individuality.