“Our School is one where individuals will be helped to strive to reach their full potential, feel valued and where personal endeavour, responsibility and good behaviour to others will be encouraged in a Christian environment”.
Our Vision and Values
St Loys Church of England Primary Academy is committed to educational excellence and to the spiritual, moral and cultural development of all its pupils.
We recognise and affirm our Church of England foundation and greatly value our special, historic and continuing link with the parish church of St Mary and St Peter.
St Loys CEVA Primary Academy promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
All maintained schools must meet the requirements set out in section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and promote the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. Through ensuring pupils’ SMSC development, our school can actively demonstrate we are promoting fundamental British values. St Loys CEVA Primary Academy takes this very seriously in both helping to shape the curriculum and experiences offered to its pupils.
The Teachers’ Standards expect teachers to uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school. This includes not undermining fundamental British values.
Through our provision of SMSC, we actively seek (age appropriate) to:
• enable children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
• enable our children to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
• encourage pupils 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 our pupils 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.
British Values: Knowledge and Understanding
Through our teaching, children will develop:
• an understanding of how as citizens, we can influence decision-making through the democratic Process (e.g. Election to and working of the School Council);
• an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety (Understanding roles in society – e.g. the work of police officers);
• 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 (Covered more in Years 5 &6);
• 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.
Actions in support of this, include:
• in suitable parts of the curriculum (age appropriate for pupils), material on the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries;
• ensure that all our pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as our school council whose members are voted for by the pupils;
• use opportunities such as general or local elections to hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view;
• use teaching resources from a wide variety of sources to help pupils understand a range of Faiths (especially the use of the RE Agreed Syllabus)……. and
• consider the role of extra-curricular activity, in promoting fundamental British values.
Our ethos and values have an impact on:
We aim to create a happy, secure and caring environment which encourages children to be self-confident and to recognise:
- The individual worth of each child
- The need to provide equal opportunities for everyone
- The importance of helping each child attain his/her full potential
- The value of self-respect, self-discipline and self-confidence
In teaching and learning we aim to provide a curriculum that ensures balance, depth and relevance to each and every child, not least those with special needs. We aim to:
- Promote the development of children’s learning
- Have high, but realistic expectations of our pupils’ achievements
- Provide a structured and stimulating learning environment
- Encourage and foster teaching staff development and professionalism
We recognise our position within our village and the community beyond and we aim to
- Develop in our pupils a respect and tolerance for others, regardless of background
- Create a growing respect of and appreciation for the environment
- Help children to have a sense of belonging to the School and the wider community by encouraging them to be courteous and self-disciplined
- Encourage members of the community to contribute to the extra-curricular activities of the School and to contribute their time and skills, where appropriate