Ethos, Vision and Values
Our Values Statement
At St. Michael's Primary School we promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’. At St. Michael's C of E Primary School, 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. ‘British Values’ have been identified as:
The ability to communicate is the most important area of learning. At St. Michael's C of E Primary School we ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ to communicate. This involves all aspects of school life including our behaviour management statement, and our decision making. We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty.
Rule of Law
We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour; helping pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large. Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their own actions. We help pupils to understand the connection between actions and consequences within an environment of mutual respect. This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure; this in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place and increases positive behaviour within the school. St. Michael's C of E Primary School – ‘Respect for self, for others and for learning.’
Pupils at St. Michael's C of E Primary School are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights and responsibilities - some pupils will be able to take responsibility for particular roles and to understand that with certain rights comes a level of responsibility. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself. We support others by participating in charitable events such as Children in Need and Jeans for Genes Day. At St. Michael's C of E Primary School we believe that by engendering a caring and helpful environment and by learning to be independent we can help can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem.
We promote each pupil’s inclusion. The children in Early Years have opportunities to integrate with other children at our local pre-schools and vice versa. In the summer term there are specific sessions for integration. As pupils move into the other Key Stages, further events and circumstances are planned for pupils to go into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations which include: sports events, community events and shared participation with other schools/colleges and meeting members of our community at the Village Hall. It is important to facilitate opportunities for St. Michael's C of E Primary School to be part of the community as the pupils, families and staff have much to offer in the development of community cohesion.
Understanding of different faiths and beliefs
St. Michael's C of E Primary School serves a varied community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.
Cultural appreciation and development forms a significant part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others. Our Assemblies help all pupils to find out about themselves and others linking their lives to the communities in which they belong. The themes cover areas such as: friendships, helping others and celebrations from a range of faiths and world events and are under the ‘Values for Life’ banner. Pupils are encouraged to experience British Culture through our curriculum themes. For example, pupils have visited Salisbury Cathedral, Braeside, Osmington Bay, theatre groups have performed plays and some pupils have taken part in sports and drama events. As a school, we take part in local sporting activities which help to instill ‘fair play’ and engender ’team spirit’.
Although younger pupils at St. Michael's C of E Primary School may find it difficult to articulate their feelings and concerns; staff are attuned to changes in demeanour and well-being that may indicate anxiety. If they are concerned about a pupil our accepted practice links to a duty of care for all staff to actively protect and promote the welfare of children. Our staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils at St. Michael's C of E Primary School are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.