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Visions and Values

Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.

School Aims

 

The aim of our school is to provide learning experiences and activities, through a broad and balanced curriculum, which develop children’s individual talents and abilities to the full. 

 

In our fair and happy environment children are encouraged to acquire and develop the following:

 

  • Knowledge, skills and understanding in literacy, communication, numeracy and mathematical thinking.
  • Understanding and appreciation of themselves, of other people and of the world around them.
  • The capacity for independent thought and the confidence to try new experiences.
  • Appreciation of the benefits of healthy living.
  • Positive attitudes to learning and personal fulfilment.

 

We believe that education involves a close partnership between the home and school and take care to encourage this bond.

MISSION STATEMENT

At Southtown Primary School we are proud to be an inclusive school where we work together to challenge, inspire and motivate all children to become successful, confident and caring citizens of our diverse world. We work together to create a happy environment where all members of the school community feel safe, can enjoy, achieve and make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community.
We promote a culture where pupils are happy, believe that they can succeed, take responsibility for their learning, set targets for their own achievement and develop as independent learners.

We believe that all our children should:

  • Enjoy their primary school years and develop high self-esteem regardless of ‘academic’ ability
  • Feel safe and secure and keep healthy in class, playgrounds and after school activities
  • Enjoy equal opportunities to succeed
  • Have a passion for learning and experience success
  • Develop lively, enquiring minds and become confident communicators
  • Experience teaching of the highest quality and develop core skills to a high level
  • Develop perseverance, flexibility, independence and a wider range of other learning skills
  • Be well mannered, respecting themselves, others and the environment
  • Make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community
  • Appreciate the beauty, the diversity of the world and their duty to protect it

We aspire to achieve this by:

  • Putting the personal development and well-being of our pupils first
  • Having high and consistent expectations of all pupils, families and staff
  • Maximising the time allocated to learning
  • Emphasising pupil activity and independence in learning – more doing less listening
  • Providing a broad, constantly evolving, innovative, exciting, forward-thinking curriculum that enriches and challenges and takes account of the pupil voice.
  • Providing opportunities for children to develop skills of investigation, enquiry, communication and co-operation
  • Maintaining a school environment that is welcoming, organised, stimulating, tidy, clean and safe
  • Creating a happy, industrious atmosphere that models, promotes and celebrates good behaviour
  • Working in partnership with parents, acknowledging and supporting their role as the primary educators of their children and providing them with the information to help their children learn well

Our Statement of British Values

 

British Values

Schools should 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.

 

Through our provision of SMSC, the school should:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;

  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;

  • encourage students 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 students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;

  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;

  • encourage respect for other people; and

  • 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.

 

The list below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of our pupils as a result of the school promoting fundamental British values.

  • 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 wellbeing and safety;

  • an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;

  • 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; and

  • an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination

 

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