Our vision statement ‘A bright start for a bright future’ is inspired by the biblical quotation from Psalm 119 v105.
We are bright! We want the children to come to school bright eyed and eager to learn, our teachers will plan bright and vibrant lessons which inspire the children. We recognise that all children can offer bright ideas in many different lessons.
We will provide your child with a bright start to enable their bright future.
We will empower our children to become respected and respectful citizens to enable them to make valuable contributions locally, globally and to contribute to our world’s sustainable future.
We are committed to caring for every individual. This is encapsulated in our vision, a powerful demonstration of the living out of Christian love which strives for the best outcomes for everyone. This can be done most effectively when all staff, parents and children understand their responsibilities and work together towards the same goals.
Promoting British Values at Rowde C of E Primary Academy
The DfE explains 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.”
The Government sets out its definition of British values in the Prevent Strategy. At Rowde Church of England Academy these values are celebrated, taught and reinforced regularly in the following ways:
Democracy Democracy is embedded at the school. Children 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. We have a democratically elected school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised by their class councillors, and an elected Head and Deputy Head boy and girl. The school council regularly organises events and raises funds for a variety of charities. Children regularly vote to determine the direction of their topics within their classes.
The Rule of Law The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, in whole school worships, as well as when dealing with behaviour. 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Class rules and charters are drawn up with significant input from the children and are designed to promote children’s happiness, security and learning.
Individual Liberty Within school, pupils 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 young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular activities or alternative play provisions, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual Respect Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect, a key school value. The children know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. Children’s successes are celebrated within our Star of the Week and our Achievement worships.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs At Rowde we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce different cultures and faiths. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit a range of different places these can be important to different faiths and cultures. Through this our children gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. When necessary we actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.