Our School Ethos and Values
We want every child to achieve their full potential during their time at school with us. We aim to provide all children with a fun, stimulating and effective learning environment, one where creativity drives our curriculum and children develop a love of learning through effective challenge. We expect teachers to carefully plan sequences of lessons using their superb knowledge of their children to ensure that everyone is not only treated as an individual but also is given high expectations of what they can achieve.
Our school values are important to us and they underpin all that we do. These values are found in all our classrooms and in key areas around our school. On a Friday we celebrate these values in celebration assembly. These values are:
Respectful, resourceful, resilient and aiming high
At St. Peters we aim to preserve and develop our religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England, in partnership with the church at both parish and diocesan level.
We aim to serve our community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promote Christian values through the experience we offer to all our pupils.
- Provide each child, regardless of background, ability, gender or race, equal and stimulating access to the curriculum – an education for life;
- Deliver an appropriate and challenging curriculum to raise pupil achievement through high standards in teaching and learning;
- Provide a broad balanced curriculum through which pupils can achieve independence, responsibility and self esteem;
- Ensure that teaching and learning meet the statutory requirements through the national curriculum and through planned Personal, Religious, Moral, Social and Sex Education.
To deliver our aims in a more child friendly, succinct way we use four core values which are at the heart of everything we do at St Peter’s. We arrived at these four important words after much discussion with the adults and children involved in school. They help us form successful, positive relationships and guide us in the right attitudes to learning. They are in prominent display in all classrooms and are referred to frequently, in many different contexts.
St. Peter’s seeks to promote British Values in and through all aspects of school life; and especially through the curriculum.
Fundamental British Values include:
- Good Citizenship & Respect for the Rule of Law
- Individual Right to Liberty & Freedom of Speech
- Respect & Tolerance for/of other Faiths and Cultures
- Promotion of Equality & Equal Opportunity – in combating discrimination on the grounds of: colour, gender, race and/or religion.
At St. Peter’s Primary School we aim to:
- enable pupils to develop self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- enable pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil, religious and criminal law of England;
- encourage pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
- enable pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- enable pupils to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures strengthening tolerance and harmony between cultural traditions;
- encourage respect for other people;
- encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
By the time pupils leave St. Peter’s Primary School they should have:
- an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
- an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their well-being and safety;
- an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
- an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour;
- an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.