Our schools reflect British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.. We have an exciting and stimulating Primary Curriculum which takes a global approach to learning by introducing themes from the perspective of other people in other countries.
The Department for Education states that there is a 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”.
At The Three Schools, we actively promote British values in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded throughout our school curriculum. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Councils (KS1), Junior Leadership Team (KS2) and regular pupil voice activities. The elections of the House Captains and School Councillors are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action
Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Each class also discusses right from wrong and sets their own class rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Our pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Within our schools, 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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and P.S.H.E. lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices and are encouraged to act responsibly and show initiative.
As schools which hold values at the core of our ethos, our school Values and Behaviour policies have evolved around Christian Values such as ‘Respect’. The pupils have been part of discussions and collective worship related to what this means and how it is shown. Respect is one of the values which is taught explicitly within lessons and collective worship, enabling pupils to contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of our school. It is shared with home through newsletters and website information. Adults throughout the school model, demonstrate and promote respect for others as do older children who have suitable, age related, tasks and responsibilities and this is reiterated throughout classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour.
Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs
As one of our 4 Christian Values, Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. The Three Schools enhance pupils’ understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies; P.S.H.E. work; visits to other schools in order to participate in celebrations such as Diwali; welcoming visitors from other schools in order to celebrate differences and enjoying a depth of study during themed weeks. Beliefs, traditions and customs from around the world are studied, with visitors being invited into our school to enrich and extend understanding. Through these activities our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
Designated Persons for Child Protection are the Headteachers
Ms Carol-Anne McCollum and Mr David May
Deputy Designated Persons for Child Protection
Mrs Featherston, Mrs Heidi Martin, Mrs Rebecca Chapman-Hill and Mrs Kelly Hall