‘Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their lives.’ Good News Bible
Our School Mission Statement
We are a caring Church Federation bringing together and serving many communities. We provide nurturing environments that facilitate learning for all. We encourage everybody to become confident, sociable and responsible citizens who achieve to the best of their ability in preparation for a fulfilling future.
Our School Values
Our school values help us to live and learn in harmony together. Our values are a frame of reference for bringing out the best in all of us. They are the foundation of our safe and caring school which is committed to learning and working together, underpinned by the schools Christian ethos.
Our school values are:
- Friendship and Family
- Love and Respect
- Joy and Happiness
- Perseverance and Resilience
- Truth and Trust
In order to achieve these aims for our children we are committed to provide:
• a welcoming, stimulating and safe learning environment
• high expectations of our children and ourselves
• a broad, balanced and enriching curriculum
• high quality teaching using a variety of teaching strategies
• a range of resources that are effectively used to support learning
• equal access to all aspects of the curriculum and school life
• support, guidance and training for all those who teach and work with our children
As part of this commitment we will:
• foster and maintain links with our church, village and the wider community
• recognise and celebrate achievements in all areas of school life
• encourage respect for religious beliefs and moral values
• work enthusiastically together to achieve our vision and aims
TEACHING BRITISH VALUES
Promoting British Values at St Mary’s Bucknell Primary School
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools 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.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). At St Mary’s these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
The School Council comprises of our Year 6 pupils and other pupils voted for by their peers.
The School Council meets with governors, parents and staff to discuss school improvement and issues that have been raised. The School Council raise money for international projects, their local community and for their school.
We also have peer mentors and a buddy bench. Peer mentors resolve issues between pupils and ensure everyone has a friend to play with. The older support the younger children in the school during lunchtime. Members of the Eco Council have the responsibility of ensuring the school is ‘eco friendly’ and are working towards the Eco Schools Green Flag Award. We recycle and try to minimize our waste.
Children are consulted regularly on decision made in school and they are able to put forward their views about the school and how it is run.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at St Mary’s.
Pupils are instrumental in developing the rules of the school. These are our Playground Rules, classroom rules and our school values. 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 St Mary’s, 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 e-safety and PSHE lessons.
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
St Mary’s is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.