School Values (incorporating British values)
The Meadows School is a student-centred family school where we see all students as individuals and not just ‘one of the crowd’. All staff recognise and reward individual achievement and progress no matter how small. We actively encourage student independence and choice making at all times. In fact everything we do is clearly founded on our Vision Statement – ‘Here for You! Here to build independent lives through core school values of nurture, communication, opportunity and harmony.’ These are underpinned and strengthened by our fundamental British Values.
At our school we want our staff and students to go through the core school values of:
COMMUNICATION: To be well informed and able to communicate their wishes and opinions ensuring that individual liberty and the right to view personal opinions within the rule of law is encouraged and respected for the benefit of the school and local community.
OPPORTUNITY: To be ambitious, achieve their full potential and work towards a fulfilling future where everyone is fully participating in and positively contributing to life in modern Britain
NURTURE: To be happy, empowered and supported through democratic processes, systems and structures where the autonomy and strengths of the individual is supported, promoted and celebrated.
To this end we are continuing to develop an ethos in which opportunities are actively sought to recognise and record students:
- Behaving well
- Socialising and sharing appropriately
- Enjoying their learning programme and making a positive contribution
- Helping others
- Making measurable progress
Our promotion of British values in school
The government set out their definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These were reinforced in September 2014 due to recent events. These new regulations will sit alongside the requirements of the Equalities Act, which also applies to all types of school.
Schools will be expected to focus on, and be able to show, how our work with pupils is effective in embedding fundamental British values.
Promoting British values at The Meadows School
We agree with the Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At The Meadows students will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. In particular, our promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding and well-being are manifested in our day to day behaviour and mutual respect for one another.
Listed below are some examples of how we promote these values in our school community:
Parent and Pupil voice is significant in regards to life at the Meadows. We strive with enthusiasm to be an inclusive school to parents, pupils and the wider community.
The Rule of Law
Our pupils will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our pupils to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.
This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through our curriculum. The involvement of our pupils in the creation of the school rules helps them to understand the reasons behind the rules and the consequences if they are broken. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, war veterans, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our pupils.
We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. In lessons, learning tasks are often left for the child to decide upon. We encourage children to choose the task that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning. We offer a range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. Through our E-Safety, philosophy for learning we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At The Meadows we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the children embark upon their future lives.
Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. Students learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around the School and in the classrooms and the way in which governors, staff, and parents work in close partnership.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At the Meadows we strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.