Visions and values statement
At Deighton Gates, our children come first and our priority is to deliver high quality teaching and learning whilst at the same time providing rich and truly enjoyable learning experiences for our community of children. Everything we do as a school is to ensure that the children achieve their very best. We are deeply aware that children only get one chance at their primary education and it is our job to ensure that they all reach for the highest levels of personal achievement and development.
We want every child to be successful; to reach for success from the very first day they join us and throughout their school lives so that when they leave us, they have a love of learning for the rest of their lives.
At this school we fully embrace the need “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.”
As members of Barnardo's LGBT Allies Network and partners of the Positive Identities Service, our curriculum reflects, celebrates and teaches children about diversity.
At Deighton Gates these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil Forum for the Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership. The elections School Councillors, are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils vote on as a class group. The school has strong links with local and national Government, with an annual visit to the Houses of Parliament and to meet our MP.
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 assemblies. 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 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 safety, through of 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.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Behaviour around the school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Our House Captains are chosen from Year 6 to be role models and ambassadors for the school.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
A Broad and Balanced Curriculum
Our curriculum enables pupils to:
Ø acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
Ø distinguish right from wrong
Ø develop their self confidence and esteem
Ø accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality and to society more widely
Ø further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures
Ø learn the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination by learning that all people are equal and have the same right to respect
Ø learn about key figures whose lives underpin these values