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School Values and Ethos

 

As a school community (including children, staff, parents and governors), we spent time discussing and choosing which key values are important and significant to us.  Our children chose their four most important values which became our school “Golden Values”.

Our Golden values are:

 

Resilience

Respect

Honesty 

Forgiveness

 

 

We recognise that there are many other desired values to have, along with our Christian values and we will of course promote these in our teaching at all times. 

 

Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning and provide an environment which prepares our pupils to become confident, happy citizens.

Courageous Advocacy

 

“Love your neighbour as yourself” Mark 12: 29-31

 

We are courageous advocates for the common good, locally, nationally and globally. We recognise that life is full of ups and downs and that at times all people will face challenges that they need help and support in overcoming. We believe that people are worth spending time with, that people need time to grow and need loving attention. The Christian Gospel says that every person has a unique task to do, with God, and for God, whether they know it or not. We hold and courageously advocate the conviction that there is something mysterious, and potentially wonderful, in everybody.


It is important for our children to appreciate their role as part of a community; to take responsibility, to be able to look after themselves & to foster an understanding of their importance, impact and influence in the world.

 

We support a range of charities in our local area, nationally and globally. The school council work with staff, governors, parents, pupils and All Saint’s Church to identify worthy causes to support.

 

Our school stands up for what we believe. We have met with Local Parish Councillors to raise issues of significance to the school community, including road safety around our school.

 

Our Christian values ensure that opportunities to discuss the big issues, to challenge injustice and to engage in activities that can bring about change are always present.

 

In recent years we have carried out a range of different fund raising to support many good causes, some of which include:

 

  • Selby Foodbank
  • The Children's Society (an annually supported charity as part of our Christingle celebrations with All Saint’s Church)
  • Motor Neurone Disease Association
  • NSPCC
  • Comic Relief
  • Sports Relief
  • Children in Need
  • Macmillan
  • The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
  • Water Aid
  • Local Care Homes

 

 

Our children have an excellent grasp on the meaning of belonging to a local and global community and the sense of responsibility that comes with belonging. Thereby developing their ability to empathise and make a small sacrifice to benefit others. Together we consider the beauty and fragility of our environment, the actions we take, and the impact these actions may have on the well-being of everyone. Our school community and curriculum actively embraces a responsibility for the world in which we live. As a school, we have a project called ‘Global Giving’ and this is run by various groups of pupils in school, who identify and share pupil voice and ideas locally, nationally and globally, as to who and how we can help others. We are diligent to show our connection with, and care for, the world in which we all live and care for the people who live in it:

 

  • Links with local care homes, sending cards and treats
  • Charities of significance to our children and staff
  • We sponsored a child in Uganda for 9 years called Ishimwe, supporting him through education and helping him and his family.
  • Developing links with schools locally, nationally and internationally (to learn about the similarities, differences & how we can help support/develop each other through these).
  • Strong PTA with community events such as Christmas and Summer Fayres and discos
  • Water Aid
  • School advertises and supports local events
  • Strong links with local pre-school and nursery
  • Head Teacher and teachers write in the local Parish newsletter and local papers to reach out to the community
  • School works in partnership with the community on events and makes links to form relationships
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