At Warren Mead Junior School it is our aim to raise standards by promoting a school ethos which is underpinned by core values. These values support the development of the whole child as a reflective learner within a calm, caring, happy and purposeful atmosphere.
Values are at the heart of our school. They guide our actions and decision making. The children, led by School Council agree our school values annually. This year our chosen values are: respect, responsibility, tolerance, trust and positivity! These are reinforced in assemblies, enrichment lessons and celebrated with head teacher Values awards.
This year our core values are:
Our values support all children, staff, governors and community to develop effective relationships throughout the school, and provide the basis for our behaviour policy and PSHE curriculum. We use the values to ensure everyone in school benefits from high quality SMSC development.
Democracy is evident throughout our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Parliament and Pupil questionnaires, the election of Head boy and girl, House captains and class members of parliament. Our school’s Behaviour Policy enables pupils to distinguish right from wrong. In instances of wrong doing, we challenge children’s bad choices by allowing children time for reflection to accept their responsibility for their wrong doings and support them to make changes for the future. We encourage a respect for democracy by modelling the voting process whenever appropriate, such as elections for house captains and class representative for pupil parliament.
The importance of Laws/rules, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced, particularly during school and class assemblies, SMSC and topic work. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and consequences when laws/rules are broken.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for
example through our Online Safety and PSHE Jigsaw lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, how they record work, selection of lunches or participation in our extensive extra-curricular clubs - pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based issues have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE Jigsaw lessons. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning.