Our Vision, Values & Aims
Children are at the heart of all that we do
Our vision is to ensure that pupils become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve; confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives; responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
Our core values are those of Respect, Responsibility, Justice, Courage, Compassion and Integrity. Our ‘Code of Conduct’ is based on three principles, Be Kind, Be Safe and Be Responsible.
1. To form supportive partnerships between pupils, staff, parents/carers, governors, other agencies and the local and wider community to enable the positive development of each learner’s academic and social skills and to prepare them well for each stage of their learning and development at Galliard and their life beyond.
2. To create a secure, stimulating and industrious environment which fosters the development of all learners, so that they are appropriately challenged, make good or better progress and achieve their full potential.
3. To provide a curriculum which takes into account the differing needs, interests and levels of development and attainment of our learners and ensures that the teaching of knowledge, skills and understanding is well planned, broad, balanced, relevant, creative and values-led.
4. To foster a spirit of independence, intellectual enquiry and mastery of skills and understanding in all learners.
5. To promote positive attitudes in our school community with an emphasis on respect for oneself and others (their beliefs, culture, home background and property), self-discipline, resilience, cooperation and courtesy, enabling pupils to become good citizens in their own community and in a national and global context.
6. To ensure equality of opportunity for all within an inclusive environment.
Promoting British Values at Galliard Primary School
It is an expectation that the social development of pupils is underpinned by ‘the acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain’ Ofsted Inspection Handbook August 2016.
The vision, values and ethos of the school has for many years been underpinned by the school’s core values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Compassion, Courage and Justice. These are taught explicitly through the curriculum and wider life of the school and we believe they fully embrace the definition of British Values. There are many examples and opportunities for these values to be demonstrated every day. Every half term a Core Value is carefully considered and discussed in assemblies, in class and as part of the wider life of the school with and between pupils, parents/carers and staff. They are displayed around the school, on the website, in newsletters and provide a common understanding for all members of the community. Pupils who go above and beyond the demonstration of these values are acknowledged for this in an Achievement assembly and with a special certificate.
At Galliard we promote British Values through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and our School Core Values, which permeate through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’. At Galliard we recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils and challenge those who express opinions that are contrary to these values.
As a culturally, multi faith and ethnically diverse school mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are an integral part of our school ethos. These values promote positive relationships between pupils and between pupils and staff are a strength of our school community. Children in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are given the opportunity when these relationships ‘go wrong’ to consider what rights have been disrespected and how they can rectify the situation. The school’s Behaviour Policy, reflects the importance of respect for individuals and their families and for groups within our community and our country. We actively promote diversity through our day to day celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We ensure that resources used in school reflect the ethos of our school and the learning opportunities we give our children.
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced at Galliard. Children at Galliard take the expectations of their own behaviour and those of others very seriously. Galliard pupils are often praised when out in the community for their polite and courteous manners. This is also the case when they demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship in sporting competitions with other schools. The pupils are taught the values and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when broken. The Sanctions, rule of law, set out within our Behaviour Policy are progressive in terms of the seriousness of the misdemeanour and are seen by the school community as fair and just. The School’s Council is a part of reviewing the policy every year. Children are given every opportunity to learn about taking responsibility for their own actions and their role as a responsible member of the school community, local community and as a global citizen.
Each new school year the pupils work collectively within their class to choose their class rules and the responsibilities associated with them. In KS2 they elect their School Council Representatives who then meet weekly and consult with their classes on a range of issues. The Eco-Council similarly works with the school on environmental issues which affect us all.
Each pupil becomes part of a House (Richmond, Bedford, York and Grosvenor) when they enter the school. These represent roads in the local area and are therefore are a representation of our local community. In Year Six House Captains and Vice House Captains are elected by all pupils in each House in KS2. Those standing apply formally for the position under agreed criteria and if successful make a speech to their peers who then cast their vote. Children are able to use this process to support their understanding of living in a democracy.
In Year Six there is a programme of transition which gives pupils the knowledge and understanding they need as they become more independent. They are all offered a residential week or an Activity week which enables them to become more independent and take personal responsibility for themselves. They attend a day with community professionals looking at Gangs: Making the right choices (a high priority given gang activity in the area) and they also attend a Junior Citizenship programme.
In all classes there is an offered programme of Sex and Relationships education at the appropriate age level. This both serves to help children take responsibility for their bodies, manage their emotions and feelings and also to safeguard them from possible inappropriate actions of others.
Giving children the skills to make the right choices for themselves, their families and the wider community underpins all that we do and to exercise their individual liberty in the right way.
At Galliard we recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils and we challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including extremist views.