'Aim, Believe, Achieve'
ETHOS and VALUES
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.
This current academic year (2018/19) we are spending some time reviewing the school's longstanding motto and values that sit beneath it. We are asking all stakeholders in the school community to consider the meaning of the motto and the best description of our school. We are collating evidence that best reflects how the values are evident in the school life of our children.
The governors of the school are the 'guardians of the vision' and the best way they can do this is by listening and reflecting on the children's voice. During a meeting, using the website and discussions with longstanding experienced staff, here is a visual representation of the Governors description of the school moto through the actual voice of children, past and present:
The staffs' thoughts will be published in the Autumn term!
We will also be gathering the opinions of parents. Our Year 6 cohort will be asked before the end of the academic year to reflect on their complete journey at Grappenhall Heys. Our current parents will help us with this project at the start of the next academic year when ideas are filled with a refreshed energy.
The pupil voice - we are planning some fun activities and questions that we can use with the children in the Summer term. We are sure they will give some brilliant insights into the true meaning of the schools' ethos and values, based upon their experiences.
At Grappenhall Heys Community Primary School we uphold, promote, teach and reinforce the following fundamental British Values:
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Understanding 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. 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 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.
Understanding Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our core value of respect for all others ensures understanding 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.