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Ascot Road Community Free School

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Our principles

Our school principles

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Our Vision

 

Our vision is to be at the heart of our community, providing a wealth of learning opportunities for our children in a safe, stimulating and caring environment.  We will be recognised as an outstanding school that values uniqueness and one where children fulfil their potential to become successful learners, creative thinkers, responsible citizens, and are ready for a better future.

 

 

 

We want our school to:

  1. Develop motivated, independent, self-reflective learners through excellent teaching and learning
  1. Deliver a curriculum which engages and excites through creativity
  1. Ensure every child’s ARCFS experience will provide a platform to build self-esteem, confidence and the skills to succeed in life

Promoting British Values

 

The government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.  We promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.

 

Value

How We Promote It

Democracy

 

Key values:

Respect

Tolerance

Understanding

 

 

  • We have an elected School Council.  This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.
  • We encourage volunteerism in and out of school.  This includes things like Peer mediators, monitors, lunch helpers, and also raising money for local and national charities. 
  • The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical research of the Ancient Greece civilisation.
  • Democracy is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies. 

 

EARLY YEARS- making decisions together

  • Children are encouraged to share their views and access activities that involve turn-taking, sharing and collaboration. 
  • The children are encouraged to talk about their feelings for example when they do or do not need help, sometimes decisions are made with a show of hands.

 

The rule of law

 

Key  values:

Respect

Co-operation

Courage

 

 

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.  There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through merit points and awards, Celebration Assembly and Headteacher awards.
  • Through our school assemblies, circle time and PSHE children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.
  • The local police officer / PCSO visit the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society.

 

EARLY YEARS – understanding rules matter as cited in PSED

  • As part of the focus on Managing Feelings and Behaviour the staff ensure that children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, learning to distinguish right from wrong.
  • Children create rules for example the rules about tidying up.  They understand that rules apply to everyone.

 

Individual liberty

 

Key values:

Respect

Courage

 

 

  • Through our school values and the  PSHE program, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.  They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.
  • SEAL has specific units relating to individual liberty including ‘Good To Be Me!’
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line.  This is done through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the PSHE curriculum.

 

EARLY YEARS – freedom for all

  • Through the focus of self-confidence and self-awareness and people and communities as cited in Personal Social and Emotional development and Understanding the World
  • Staff encourage a range of experience that allow children to explore the language of feelings and responsibility and increase their confidence in their own abilities.
 

Mutual respect

 

Key values:

Respect

Friendship

Co-operation

 

 

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.
  • Through our school’s values, SEAL scheme, PSHE and circle time children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
  • The SEAL theme of ‘Getting on and Falling Out’ explores these issues well.
  • Mutual respect is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies.  A range of specific assemblies were delivered focusing on helping other pupils to understand specific special needs.

 

EARLY YEARS – treat others as you want to be treated

  • As part of the focus on people and communities and making relationships as cited in Personal  Social and Emotional Development our setting creates an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, cultures and races are values and children are engaged with the wider community.
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Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

 

Key values:

Respect

Tolerance/Understanding

 

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality, Diversity and Cohesion Policy. 
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Syllabus for Religious Education.  Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.  The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school.
  • This is supplemented by assemblies (Key Stage and whole school), which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali.
  • Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.

 

EARLY YEARS – treat others as you want to be treated

  • Again this is part of the focus on people and communities and making relationships as cited in Personal Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World.  Staff share stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences and provide resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping the children know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, faiths, communities, culture and traditions, sharing and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences.

 

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