School Values and Ethos
Our aim is to provide an outstanding education by working in partnership with children, parents and the community. We ensure that children thrive in a caring, secure environment which promotes personal excellence. Children will be empowered to develop as life-long learners equipped with the knowledge and skills to become happy, healthy and respectful citizens.
At Grappenhall Heys Community Primary School we uphold, promote, teach and reinforce the following fundamental British Values:
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Understand those with different faiths and beliefs
These values are embedded throughout all aspects of our broad and balanced curriculum. They are actively promoted through daily assemblies and collective acts of worship and are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) and Religious Education (RE) lessons.
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils have the opportunity to air their thoughts and ideas through our School Council which meets on a fortnightly basis and through regular questionnaires and surveys. The School Council are appointed through a pupil/peer voting system, reflecting our current British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day. Our school's behaviour systems and the wealth of award and reward systems we adopt ensure that every child is able to learn in a safe and secure environment. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they can do so in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering curriculum. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely through PSHE lessons and assemblies.
Our school mission statement encourages all our pupils to show the personal qualities of friendship and respect at all times. Respect for property and people are core values at Grappenhall Heys and underpin everything that takes place both inside and outside the classroom.
Understand Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our core value of respect for all others ensures tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. We enhance our pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society through assemblies, collective acts of worship, RE and PHSE lessons and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying.