Park House Primary School
Vision, Ethos and Values
Our vision is to provide a happy, caring and stimulating environment where children will achieve their fullest potential so that they can make their best contribution to society.
At Park House Primary:
Statement of British Values
In 2014, the Department for Education emphasised the role that British values can play in education and reinforced the need 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.”(1 The Prevent Strategy 2011 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-strategy-2011
). How well a school promotes such values is now an aspect of Ofsted’s inspection process.
In additional to promoting human/British values we actively challenge pupils, staff, parents or any school stakeholders expressing opinions contrary to these values, including ‘extremist’ views.
At Park House Primary School, our aim is to give every child the opportunity to learn and progress in a caring environment. We aim to provide a curriculum and experiences which develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural wellbeing and promote a sound understanding of human/British values in order to prepare for life in modern Britain.
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values continue to be reiterated. At Park House these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the
children contribute to the drawing up of the charter. We have a School Council which meets every
fortnight to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. Every child on the School Council is voted in by their class. A questionnaire encourages children to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are
consistently reinforced at Park House Primary School. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our Good to be Green Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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.
At Park House Primary 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 informed choices, through a safe environment and an 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 eSafety and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
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.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Here at Park House we undertake assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within Jigsaw PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days. Park House has a small amount of diversity and we actively promote this through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.