Vision and Values
Every child in our school achieves their very best. Everyone aspires to take their learning further. We are a school where pupils love learning and what they learn here enables them to face the challenges of life with confidence.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need 'to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance and acceptance of those with different faiths and beliefs.'
Despite this recent expectation here at Blakesley Hall Primary School this is not something new and the promotion of these values is in much of what we do. This starts with our School Values and ethos and permeates right the way through the curriculum into every part of the school day.
As well as actively promoting British values the opposite also applies: we challenge pupils, staff and parents where opinions and behaviours which are contrary to these values are shown.
At Blakesley Hall Primary School British values are reinforced in many ways. For more detail on how they are included in our curriculum, see our PSHE Curriculum section.
The Importance of Democracy
Democracy is ubiquitous within school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard in a wide number of contexts and their opinions are regularly sought and acted on. The School Council allows children to make a direct contribution to school life.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules is constantly reinforced throughout the school day, whether within classes, year groups or on a whole school basis. The Positive Behaviour Policy and PROUD points allow children to understand how their actions affect others and of the equality amongst all members of the school community. Pupils have a say in shaping the school’s rewards and sanctions and they are taught to understand the values and reasons which underpin them.
Within school pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, on many aspects of their work, relationships and personal development, and do so within a supportive, safe and empowering environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for all pupils to make choices safely. Pupils are encouraged to know and understand themselves and the choices and responsibilities they all hold. They are encouraged to try new experiences in particular with the wide variety of visits and visitors and extra-curricular activities available to them.
Our school values sit at the heart of everything we do and believe in as a school and many of them inform the concept of mutual respect. They are explored through assemblies and discussions as well as being referred to when needed. One of the key values is respect and all members of the school community are expected to treat each other accordingly.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Blakesley Hall Primary school is an incredibly diverse place, reflective of its community and of the wider British population, with a wide (and continuously changing) range of languages, faiths and cultural backgrounds represented. Children and their families are not labelled as a consequence of their background. We celebrate and learn about all the differences between our diverse communities but always with a focus on what also makes us similar. Evidence of prejudice (when it rarely occurs) is confronted and dealt with and we have a comprehensive RE and PSHE curriculum which explores and gives value to difference in detail.
We recognise that more can be done to provide children with a deeper understanding of the civil and criminal law of England and the basis upon which the law is made and applied. This will be addressed by making it a focus of discussions in media studies lessons in Phase 3.
We will also ensure that more children take part in the election for key pupil roles (eg. House Captains) in school. (Review June 2017).
In 2015 we carried out a whole staff exercise about the values that we believe reflect us as a staff, based on our school values. The results are as follows:
We recognise each person's contribution to Blakesley Hall Primary School's success. We understand that we must respect each other as adults for there to be respect from the children and their families. We expect to be addressed by all colleagues in a respectful manner and we will treat all visitors with equal respect no matter the response. Good work is rewarded and recognised. We understand that rewards must be psychological as well as financial and we acknowledge the efforts and success of our colleagues giving credit where it is due. We strive for an atmosphere where each individual can share the adventure and excitement of working at Blakesley Hall Primary School.
It takes all of us to be successful. We are a big team and support each other at all times. We share the victories and rewards together. We are enthusiastic about what we do and show it. We are proud to demonstrate our care for one another.
We set aggressive goals and drive ourselves hard to achieve them. We recognise that this is a unique time for us as a school in securing improvement. Our pupils must continue to achieve better than ever before and attainment continue to improve - this changes the way pupils and families think about themselves and their futures. It is an adventure, and we are in it together.
We work together to successfully meet the common goal of providing outstanding learning experiences for the children and families we serve. We recognise that the attitude and behaviours of leaders and managers toward all members of the school community are of primary importance. We know enough about each other to appreciate when a bigger purpose is at stake that requires us all to come together to achieve the goal. All staff work with the leaders to create an environment that is productive and where we can all flourish.
Quality (Individual Performance)
We expect individual commitment and performance above the standard for similar schools: this is our norm; only thus will we make sure that Blakesley Hall Primary School is a school of choice and allows us to trade on our reputation with supreme confidence. Each employee can and must make a difference. Individuals determine the character and strength of Blakesley Hall Primary as a good school. We care passionately about what we do. At Blakesley Hall Primary, quality leadership and management are critical to our success.
Trust (Team Spirit)
Teamwork is essential to the school’s success, for the job is too big to be done by just a few and we need to be able to trust that our colleagues are doing a good job. This trust comes through experience of working together and challenging each other to excel. Individuals are encouraged to interact with all levels of leadership, sharing ideas and suggestions to improve the school’s effectiveness. We empower individuals to be bold in knowing the right things to do and the right way to do them.