At St George’s School we actively promote positive, inclusive values. These include democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect for and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. We believe British values are those values expected of anyone living in Britain, regardless of their nationality, culture or religious belief.
Our ethos reflects these values. We place great emphasis on building positive relationships in school, amongst the students themselves and between staff and students. We strongly believe students should not merely be taught such values but that they are embedded into school life and how we do things.
We strive to support our students to develop into confident, happy, successful young adults who have empathy towards and an understanding of those less fortunate than themselves.
The information below reflects how St George’s school works to promote positive values through the ethos and life of the school, for example through a broad and balanced curriculum, and through social, moral, cultural and spiritual development.
Democracy is embedded at the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular pupil voice questionnaires. The elections of the School Council are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. In addition we organise visits to the local council chambers to meet the Mayor and the Young Mayor and Parliament to explore the workings at the centre of British law-making. Pupils also engage in ‘mock debates’ so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout our school day, through our school assemblies and also when dealing with behaviour in school. Our positive behaviour policy, which is based on the principles of restorative justice, seeks to hold pupils, parents and staff in partnership to build on cooperation and mutual respect. We encourage our pupils to distinguish right from wrong and help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals. Our 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 the Police and the Fire Service also help to reinforce our messages. Our restorative justice approach helps us to resolve conflicts. Year 6 attend an annual citizenship event which supports their understanding of social responsibility and active safety awareness.
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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. We support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and PSHE lessons and as transmitted by our children who act as Digital Leaders. We implement a strong anti-bullying culture and pride ourselves on being a Telling school.
At the heart of our whole school ethos is a commitment to Christian Values – a set of core attitudes that we believe contribute to individuals being able to live happy and successful lives within the communities to which they belong. Each monthly value is chosen to underpin the need for mutual respect between our pupils and their peers, staff, their families and their wider community. Our Values are taught through assemblies and PSHE sessions and form a key part of our daily dialogue across school. Respect is promoted across school and it is deeply embedded in all that we do: pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone and to everything, however big or small.
Our school frequently participates in learning activities which promote mutual respect including visits to nature reserves, farms, local places of worship and many sporting events, including the Paralympic games. We take part in various fundraising charity events to raise awareness and respect for difference and need including Cancer Research through our school run Race for Life, the NSPCC, Comic Relief and Children in Need.
Our respect for our environment translates into our school grounds and garden, where children plant and nurture seedlings and take responsibility for watering at playtimes and lunchtimes.
In addition to these activities our children are given regular opportunities to learn in within their community and beyond, each time an emphasis is placed on respecting those with whom they come into contact and their surroundings. A very wide range of extra-curricular clubs are offered at St George’s School. These clubs provide another opportunity for mutual respect to be secured in the attitudes of our pupils, both amongst those participating from their own setting, and any visiting staff or teams.
Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs
St George’s Primary School enhances pupils’ understanding of different faiths, beliefs and cultures through the celebration of diversity. We deliver a broad and varied RE and PSHE curriculum, each focused on understanding of similarities and difference. Frequent visits to places of worship and history give our children the chance to reflect on our culturally diverse society. Our most recent SIAMS judgement of outstanding recognises all that we do to represent diversity and tolerance.
Benefitting from the International Schools Award as part of the British Council accreditation scheme, St George’s places great emphasis on links with a school community in Spain. Teachers and pupils make regular and meaningful contact through a range of interactive learning and teaching tools, giving valuable opportunities to learn from our European neighbours. Themed days and weeks provide our children with a depth of experience to base their learning on through purposeful and meaningful real-life experiences, including a recent Music Week celebrating Brazilian Carnival; a stamped passport of activities for Spanish-speaking cultures and our annual International evening, which celebrates Black History month with music, literature and cuisine.
Actively promoting also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. At St George’s, values of tolerance and respect permeate all areas of school life. This engenders a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfilment of potential. Pupil voice plays an integral part in driving the school forward and school rules at different levels are seen as the foundation upon which this can be achieved.
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Year 6 at the Houses of Parliament
Year 6 went on a trip to The Houses of Parliament. It was a fun and extremely interesting day.
They watched a film about the history of parliament, had a tour, watched the commons and lords in discussion and even met a Lady – Floella Benjamin!
School Council Elections
Every child in KS1 & KS2 took part in a democratic election to decide on who would represent their class in the student school council. (Just like the real Members of Parliament!)
We held a secret ballot where the children voted for a girl and a boy from their class who they felt were the best candidates. They did this by putting a X next to their name.
Then they had to post their paper into the ballot box without letting anyone see as it is a private vote.
At the end of the day, the votes were counted and the children with the majority of the votes were declared.
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Special Commemoration Medal
Today is not a “usual” day. September 9 represents an extraordinary milestone in our island story. It is the day on which Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history, the day on which she breaks the record held for more than a century by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. September 9 is the day that casts in a new light the National Anthem’s prayer about a Queen who is “long to reign over us”.
Victoria’s reign of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes – 63 years and seven months – defined an era and a people. However, after today the ‘Elizabethan age’ of Queen Elizabeth II will be seen as a very special time in our history.
To mark this occasion the school is presenting to every child in the school a special medal, produced by the Royal Mint, to mark the event. The children should keep this medal safe and who knows? Maybe in the years to come, when they have their own children, they could appear on a future ‘Antiques Roadshow’ with their medal marking this important historical event in British history!
We send out thoughts and prayers to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, on her very special day.
British Values Display
Using the comments and opinions and work on “British Values” from the children, staff and parents we have made a wonderful display.
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17th April 2015
Note to parents and carers
Re: St George’s Day – 23rd April
As you know next week we will be celebrating our first St George’s Day as the newly renamed St George’s C of E School. We are aiming to have a very special day with children involved in all sorts of activities to celebrate this special day. St George is the patron saint of England so we will be looking at aspects of life in London and England.
Our school community is a vibrant one with many families from all parts of the world who have chosen to make their home in Britain. During these times of change in the world it is more and more important to celebrate what is good about living in Britain and the values that we all share. These values include a belief in democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, as well as mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Next Thursday as part of our St George’s Day celebrations we will be asking the children to comment on what they like about living in Britain and what is special about living in this country. The children’s comments will form part of a display in the main Reception area.
As part of our display we will be adding comments from members of staff, governors and the wider community stating what living in Britain means to them. We would very much like to add comments from any parents who would like to contribute. Please complete your comments on tear-off slip below and return to the office and we will add them to the final display.
Mrs G Constable