AIMS/Values/British Values and Vision/Ethos of our school
We the staff, parents and governors aim to promote and encourage every child to:
- To grow and develop into confident and independent young people with positive reinforcement together from home and school
- To provide an excellent, balanced and broad based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical growth of our children
- To teach children care and respect for one another
- To ‘catch one another being good’
- Promote the learning that take place to the highest level of a child's ability;
- Feel guided and supported as well as challenged so that they develop to be independent learners;
- Raise their self-esteem to experience a sense of achievement;
- Be actively involved in the school and wider community;
- Express their feelings, needs or concerns;
- Take responsibility for their own behaviour;
- Be actively aware of the world we live in, and make a positive contribution to modern Britain;
Our Core Values – which were defined by our children are
These values support the way in which all members of the school can live and work together in a supportive way. They support our Aims as a school to promote an environment where everyone feels happy, safe and secure.are displayed in every classroom and both halls of the school they underpin our whole school ethos and monthly we focus on one of our core values. As the month ends each class votes on a member of the class community who ‘the class’ is most proud of with displaying this core value in everyday life. This democratic process then leads to a special tea party with our Head Teacher.
Learning Crowns Display Our Values
The school vision is phrased in a short mission statement;
Moving forward together; striving for excellence!
Harold Court Primary School is to be:
- a place of excellence where children can achieve their full potential in their academic, creative, personal, physical, moral and spiritual development;
- a caring place where children and adults feel they make a contribution and are valued as individuals;
- a stimulating and reflective community where children learn respect for themselves and others;
- a partnership between children, parents, staff and governors and the community as a whole.
Through our school values we are continuously promoting
British Values at Harold Court Primary School
The DfE have 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 and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
At Harold Court Primary these values are reinforced regularly through the concept of our ‘learning crowns’ and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded within the life of the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Parliament and Pupil Questionnaires. Our school Positive learning and behaviour policy involves class rules. We have also created our own core values as a school and these are on display around the school – these are qualities we strive to live out each and every day at Harold Court.
The Rule of Law:
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for the children to make safe choices, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. At the core we discuss regularly the golden rule of ‘keeping our hands and our feet to ourselves’ no matter if the child is 4 or 11. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. These sessions provides all children and adults a safe platform from which children can express their views about a range of issues, knowing that these views will be respected and listened to.
Part of our school ethos and approach revolves around kindness towards all and a set of Core Values which make up our ‘learning crowns’ such as ‘Respect’ have been formulated and agreed by the children. An ethos of mutual respect between all aspects of the school community resonates throughout and is developed at any given opportunity. Children have also access to emotions boxes in every classroom where they are able to update staff with their feelings so that necessary discussion or action can take place – this of course will be in partnership with our parents and carers.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. The school gives high profile to the range of languages spoken in classes. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.