At Winslow Church of England School, we explicitly teach, model and expect high standards of manners, behaviour and mutual support. Our pupils and wider school community regularly show compassion and active support for those less fortunate than themselves: at home and abroad.
Our vision is ‘Let your light shine’ and this is explored in lessons and Collective Worship and includes:
- Participation (in school events, school democracy, community).
- Religious tolerance, understanding and valuing similarities and difference.
- Commitment to action: ‘To be good, you must do good things’.
- Environmental awareness and activity.
- Commitment to equality and an awareness of the history of the struggle for civil rights in the UK and across the world.
- Age-appropriate awareness of current affairs.
Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We actively promote them in the following ways:
Democracy is clearly evident within our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and our Head Girl and Head Boy; all of whom are elected annually. Our senior team also speak with pupils on a regular basis, and in different contexts, to seek their views about their school, their learning experiences and what school looks like for them. Mid-week Collective Worship using Picture News resources raise awareness of current issues around the world. This contributes strongly to pupils’ confident attitudes and to developing respect for others’ ideas. Our pupils also play an important and active part in teacher recruitment.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, is consistently reinforced 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 and Fire Service are regular parts of our curriculum provision 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 our provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are given advice on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of academic challenge, of how they record, of participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect & tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
All our policies (behaviour, anti-bullying, equalities and diversity) reflect our vision ‘Let your light shine’, accepting each individual as unique, created in the image of God and treated and valued equally. Through our curriculum we seek ways to explore and celebrate diversity in all its forms and the pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people e.g. those of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and family situations. They are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures, faiths and ways of life and through our culturally rich curriculum, all major religions are studied and respected. We follow the locally agreed RE syllabus and our programme of study includes visits to and developing links with people of other faiths and beliefs. Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour and this is supported through Collective Worship and discussion in RE and PSHE lessons.