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Aims, Vision 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.
The Grove Infant and Nursery School

Our Vision
The Grove Infant and Nursery School is a happy place where we foster a love of learning and ensure that school life is fun. It provides a nurturing, inclusive environment where all children are safe and secure. Staff enable children to reach their potential through personalised learning, challenge and high expectations, and by providing memorable, meaningful, active learning experiences. We value creativity and allow individuals to flourish and grow. We encourage independence, respect for others, high self esteem and personal responsibility, whilst promoting a sense of community and collaboration within the school and the wider world.

To achieve our Vision we aim to:
• Provide equality of opportunity through all aspects of our policy and practice
• Provide high quality teaching throughout the school, always seeking to innovate and improve our practice to best challenge and extend children’s learning
• Maintain excellent standards of attainment in core curriculum areas, providing children with excellent literacy and numeracy skills for life
• Provide exciting, personalised learning experiences across all curriculum areas, through a flexible thematic curriculum that responds to pupils’ interests and needs
• Maintain high standards of behaviour through good modelling, clear expectations and mutual respect, using the Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum and Assemblies to promote the Behaviour Code.
• Develop children’s self esteem, independence and resilience, whilst encouraging them to support others
• Celebrate success and reward effort and endeavour
• Maintain our commitment to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of all our pupils
• Work in partnership with parents and carers, sharing their child’s learning journey and encouraging support and involvement in every aspect of school life
• Share good practice at all levels within school and with our neighbours in local schools
• Play an active role in our local community
• Participate in and contribute to events and initiatives at local, national and international level, enhancing children’s awareness of the communities to which they belong
• Ensure our Governors support and challenge the school leadership in all areas of school life in order to promote self evaluation and improvement
• Do our very best!

These Aims have been drawn up following work by the Staff, Parents’ Forum, School Forum and Governors -revisited and revised in 2017

The Grove Infant and Nursery School - British Values Statement

Since September 2014, schools have been required to promote fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs in order to help demonstrate how they are meeting the requirements of Education Act 2002 regarding their provision of SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development).

The government set out its definition of “British Values” as:

  • The rule of law

  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect

  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At The Grove Infant and Nursery School, we believe that the British Values are intrinsically linked to our own values of respect, resilience and independence. We believe in a holistic approach to the teaching of values and understand that they are not simply taught; they have to be lived through the school’s ethos and values.

Our vision is for the children in our school to grow into happy, responsible and caring adults who actively and positively contribute to society. We aim to ensure the children develop the skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully n and contribute to life in the community and country in which they live.

The following are a selection of activities and external accreditations that evidence our commitment to British Values and the effective promotion of SMSC.

Democracy
 

Links to school values:
Fairness

Respect

Voice

  • We ensure that all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes in class, with Class Behaviour Charters, votes and shared decision making. 
  • The School Forum is a group whose members are voted for by the Year 2 pupils. The new ‘Together Everyone Decides’ teams allow greater pupil voice in school improvement processes. 
  • Democracy is promoted through participation in PSHCE activities in class.
  • Pupils also have the opportunity to learn about different models of democracy and take part in other pupil voice questionnaires and surveys.

The rule of law
 

Links to school values:
Fairness

Respect

Voice

  • An understanding of right and wrong is a key thread that runs through school life and links the Behaviour Policy to our school values. Children are actively taught about choice and consequences. It is supported by our PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) and the ‘Jigsaw’ materials which allow children to explore and discuss their understanding of these concepts.
  • Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and we enjoy visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, etc. to help reinforce this message.
  • The school does not tolerate any form of aggression, abuse or violence, and this is equally true of pupils, staff and parents and carers. This is set out in our Behaviour and Anti Bullying Policy and Code of Conduct.

Individual liberty

Links to school values:
Fairness

Respect

Tolerance

Voice

 

  • Fundamental to our school values and culture is the importance of enabling children to make good choices independently. We provide opportunities for children to make their own choices with consideration for their own and others’ safety and well-being.
  • Our Behaviour Policy encourages children to consider their choices and the subsequent consequences through the ‘remind, warn and sanction’ steps.
  • PSHCE teaching through ‘Jigsaw’ also supports this.
  • Pupils are encouraged to understand their rights and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHCE lessons.
  • Children are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.

Mutual respect
Links to school values:
Respect

  • Respect is one of our core values that is explicitly taught and celebrated throughout school.
  • All members of the school community treat each other with respect, and adults model appropriate interactions with children and each other.
  • In our PSHCE work, children are taught how to respectfully debate and disagree with others’ points of view.
  • Through the PSHCE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs and those without faith
Links to school values:
Respect
Tolerance

  • We have high expectations of pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.
  • As part of our RE curriculum, we actively teach about other religions and faiths. Visitors and community members from other countries and/or other faiths are invited to share their language and culture with pupils.
  • We use the language of the term to celebrate one of the languages of our community.
  • We regularly celebrate festivals and celebrations and provide the children with an understanding of the main festivals and key dates of significance to British culture e.g. Remembrance Day, Harvest and major political events such as elections.
  • We reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Children have the opportunity to visits places of worship that are important to different to faiths.

 

Through our provision of SMSC, we also seek to:

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

  • encourage them to be creative, unique, open-minded individuals who are independent, respectful and resilient

  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and understand how they can participate fully and contribute positively to the local and wider community;

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

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

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