British Values' Statement

At Castle 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’.

The School recognises 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:

Democracy

The ability to communicate is the most important area of learning.  At Castle School we ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ to communicate. Members of the School Council are elected by the children and these elections are held annually. In addition to raising money for various charities the School Council provides a ‘pupil voice’ and the Council is consulted over lots of decisions that affect the life of the school.

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.

Through our robust Behaviour Policy pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions.  Staff are committed to providing a consistent and fair environment within the school and beyond.  We can help some pupils to understand the connection between actions and consequences.  This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure; this in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.

Within our Behaviour Policy we include not only consequences for inappropriate behaviour but also clear rewards for good behaviour.

Individual Liberty

Pupils at Castle 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 with these rights come responsibilities. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself.  We support others by participating in various charitable events throughout the year.

At Castle School we believe that by engendering a caring and helpful environment and by learning to be independent can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem.

Mutual Respect

Respect is one of the schools key values and this is modelled by all adults in the school. There are regular assemblies about people from different faiths or cultures and the children are taught to celebrate individual and group differences. The language of respect is evident in the school with a focus on treating others how we ourselves wish to be treated.

We promote each pupil’s inclusion, where possible, in a range of activities, settings and locations. Children in Nursery and Reception take part in regular Forest School type activities, learning to respect our local environment.  In the rest of the school children have lessons about showing respect for themselves, others and the environment. A display board in school is dedicated to showcasing this work for all classes.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Castle School is committed to a school ethos where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.

Cultural appreciation and development forms 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: values, current world events and celebrations from a range of faiths and countries.

Pupils are encouraged to experience British Culture through our curriculum.    As a school, we take part in a wide range of  sporting activities which helps to instil ‘fair play’ and engender a ’team spirit’.

The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils at Castle Primary are happy, well cared for and have the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as a valuable contributor to their community.