Values & ethos

Our aims for the school community are to:

  • promote the importance of the partnership between home and school as the route to the well-being and success of the individual;
  • deal decisively with bullying, discrimination and disadvantage to ensure individuals feel safe, happy and equal;
  • set high expectations and give everyone the confidence that they can succeed;
  • establish what learners already know and to build upon this;
  • structure and pace the learning experience to make it challenging, enjoyable and achievable;
  • recognise individual talents and skills so that they can be celebrated and used for the benefit of all;
  • empower individuals to be active partners in their own learning;
  • establish the foundations for life-long learning skills and personal qualities which prosper the individual and the society we serve.

Our vision is for this school to be:

“A very special place where learning has no limits.”

HIPIP, our school mascot, tells us the school values:

Honesty “We always tell the truth, even when it is difficult.”
Independence “We try to do things for ourselves, without help.”
Perseverance “We always try our best.”
Inclusivity “We welcome, listen to and include others.”
Politeness “We show respect to all children and adults.”


It’s hip to be HIPIP!

SMSC & British Values Development across our Curriculum – 2016-2017

The DFE defines fundamental British Values as:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

Some examples where they are found in our curriculum are listed below. You will also find illustrations of our commitment to British Values on this website, through our activities and our own school values, which are:

Honesty, Inclusivity, Perseverance, Independence and Politeness – HIPIP!


English contributes to children’s SMSC & BV development through:


·         Enabling pupils to understand and engage with feelings and values through high quality poetry, drama and fiction.

·         Enabling pupils to be aware how different societies and social structures function.

·         Teaching pupils to empathise with different characters – understand human emotions and feelings.

·         Encouraging pupils to make reasoned judgements on moral dilemmas.

·         Learning to use language in imaginative and original ways.

·         Taking different roles in group discussions and learning to negotiate and debate.


Geography contributes to children’s SMSC & BV development through:


·         Opportunities for reflection on the creation, earth’s origins, future and diversity.

·         Reflection on the fair distribution of the earth’s resources and issues surrounding climate change.

·         Studies of people and physical geography gives chances to reflect on social and cultural characteristics of society.

·         Understanding of environmental alternatives and the impact.

·         Reflection on their own community and comparing to other similar and different areas.


Science contributes to children’s SMSC & BV development through:


·         Encouraging pupils to reflect on the awe and wonder of the natural world.

·         Teaching pupils to co-operate in practical activity.

·         Encouraging pupils to make judgements on evidence not prejudice or opinion.

·         Teaching pupils to take responsibility for their own others’ safety.

·         Encouraging pupils to reflect on the quality of their lives as a result of science.

·         Understanding environmental issues around the world.

·         Recognising the science behind the creation of the world versus religious beliefs.


Art / DT contributes to children’s SMSC & BV development through:


·         Promoting feelings of ‘awe’ and ‘wonder’.

·         Giving pupils the chance to reflect on nature, their environment and surroundings.

·         Studying artists which raise ethical issues.

·         Reflecting on products and inventions, the diversity of materials and ways in which design can improve the quality of our lives.

·         Opportunities to work as a team.


History contributes to children’s SMSC & BV development by:


·         Looking at the creation and evolution of British society.

·         Enabling pupils to reflect on issues – such as the effects of the Great Fire

·         Showing an awareness of the moral implications of the actions of historical figures.

·         Recognising how society has changed and continues to change.


ICT contributes to children’s SMSC & BV development through:


·         Preparing children for life in a technologically-enriched, inter-connected world.

·         Making clear the guidelines of Internet safety.

·         Acknowledging advances in technology and appreciation for human achievement.

·         Becoming aware of other beliefs through research


Maths contributes to children’s SMSC & BV development through:

·         Enabling pupils to carry out surveys and analyse data and recognise its use or misuse in society.

·         Recognising how maths is found in our everyday lives – money, measure, climate, etc.

·         Understanding the awe and wonder of maths in nature such as  symmetry and patterns.

·         Identifying maths in other cultures – number systems, patterns, tessellations


PSHE, RE & SEAL greatly contribute to children’s SMSC & BV development in a great variety of ways.

·         Discussions, assemblies and class and school council enable children to voice their opinions and orchestrate change around the school.

·         Children learn to respect other people’s opinions, celebrate the school’s diversity and understand what is right and wrong.

·         Children discuss ethical issues and recognise how they play a part in solving conflicts and resolving problems.

PE contributes to children’s SMSC & BV development through:


·         Activities involving teamwork, co-operation, competition, rules, self-discipline and fair play.

·         Exploring sports and traditions from other cultures.

·         Opportunities for self-reflection and challenge.

·         Understanding the benefits of exercise on our own health and development.



Positive behaviour strategies are used to promote and reward good behaviour and attitudes. However, inappropriate behaviour is dealt with through stepped procedures, sanctions and simple choices. These steps are clearly stated in our Behaviour & Discipline Policy which is implemented consistently across the school.

Each week our newsletter announces the week’s “Shooting Stars”: children rewarded for excellent behaviour, work or attitude, who are also commended in the Headteacher’s Gold Book. Our “Fab Four” children are also rewarded with special privileges for excellent behaviour at lunchtime, and each week our best behaved class receives 15 minutes extra playtime.

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