Aims, Ethos and British Values
The aim of Puller Memorial Primary School is to provide a safe and stimulating environment for learning, in which all members of our school community are able to develop a sense of self-worth, responsibility and fun, fulfilling their potential within a caring Christian community.
Our objective is to provide effective teaching and learning; achieving the highest standards through child-centred learning, efficient management and working as a whole-school team. Our objectives for teaching and learning are that all children will:
- Develop emotionally, socially, spiritually, physically and intellectually in accordance with their aptitude and ability
- Develop lively, imaginative and enquiring minds, the ability to question and discuss rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills
- Be literate and numerate
- Develop personal moral values, respect for religious values, other cultures and ways of life
- Develop a concern for the environment and an understanding of the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations
- Acquire understanding, knowledge and skills relevant to our rapidly changing society
- Appreciate their own and other people’s achievements and aspirations.
Collective Worship occurs daily in school and place emphasis on Christian beliefs and traditions, incorporating prayers, songs and stories with the active participation of the children. Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of collective worship but we trust you support our Christian ethos as you have chosen a Church of England school for your child and withdrawal will be unnecessary. If you do wish to withdraw your child, please discuss the matter with the headteacher. Alternative provision is made for children withdrawn.
Equal Opportunities – All staff and governors at Puller Memorial are committed to providing all children with the same opportunities in school, regardless of gender, race, creed or culture. We believe every child has the right to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum matched to their ability and needs. Any behaviour by an adult or child that does not reflect this statement is unacceptable.
Promoting British Values at Puller Memorial
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 by the Prime Minister this year. At Puller Memorial Primary school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and our Buddy group system. The school council, supported by a parent representative, currently Mr. Powell meets with the Headteacher twice a term. This is an opportunity for them to present their views and suggest ideas. Buddy Group assemblies are led by the top buddies, Year 6 pupils (not school council members). This provides another opportunity for pupils to express their views.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school collective worship. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind 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; Fire Service; Lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school, 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 choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
As a church school the CORE Christian values of peace, love and forgiveness ensure an inclusive and welcoming ethos. The school behaviour policy and our Values in Education program continually reinforces mutual respect. These values form part of our work and discussion in collective worship and PSHE. Values are displayed throughout the school and are continually referred to.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs and those of non faith
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Collective Worship and Religious education involving visitors from different faiths help children understand and value those of different faiths.