Aims, Values and Ethos (British Values)

Aims

  • To work with families to maximise their children’s potential and to ensure high standards of achievement in a supportive, safe and caring environment.
  • To provide all the children with equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum, which caters for their intellectual, physical, social, emotional, moral and spiritual development.
  • To develop in all the children self-respect, self-discipline and pride in their endeavours and in their surroundings.
  •  To teach the children how to behave well, respect each other and learn tolerance for other races, religions and ways of life.
  •  To maintain and develop our links with the community.
  •  To ensure that our pupils develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in school and the wider community.

Values and Ethos

At Arnett Hills we have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We value the importance of the current Ofsted guidance:

should ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain

The four strands within British Values are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

As a school we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all this, are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to British History.

Each year Year 6 pupils are responsible for raising funds for the British Legion through the sale of poppies to the school community. A two minutes silence is held in commemoration of Remembrance Day.

Previously as a whole school, we have celebrated the World Cup, the Olympics and Para Olympics, and our upper juniors had the unforgettable experience of attending the Para Olympics.

On a general level, the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect, tolerance and an understanding of right and wrong. These themes are also taught within formal PSHE, Citizenship and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days.

At Arnett Hills JMI School we are preparing our children to live and thrive in a society which offers a common vision and sense of belonging which embraces everyone who is part of that community; a society in which the diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued; a society in which similar life opportunities are available to all; and a society in which strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed in the workplace, in schools and in the wider community.

We aim to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and beyond, preparing pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We aim to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination and to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between people of different groups. We aim to give pupils the opportunity to mix with and learn with, from and about those from different backgrounds. We also aim to raise children’s awareness of global human rights.

Through our ethos and curriculum we promote an understanding of both a sense of identity and diversity, showing pupils how different communities can be united by shared values and common experiences. We aim to develop responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society. We encourage a strong sense of an individual’s rights and responsibilities – people know what everyone expects of them, and what they can expect in return.

 

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