Aspire, Believe - Together Achieve

"Pupils thrive on the positive, aspirational approach"
Ofsted 2017

"As confident young learners, pupils are ambitious for themselves and supportive of each other." Ofsted 2017

"Worship is invitational allowing pupils of no religious affiliation to contribute with integrity."  SIAMS 2019

"Pupils are encouraged to think for themselves and to be curious." Ofsted 2017

"The school has achieved an award for extending pupils’ understanding of world religions." SIAMS 2019

"Your team are instilling a passion for learning that pupils find infectious." Ofsted 2017

British Values

Our school expectation is that every member of our team conducts themselves with pride and role models our school values for others. Our learning of British Values is enhanced and developed through our Jigsaw curriculum (a programme of Personal, Social, Moral and Health education) alongside our RE curriculum. British Values are also interwoven into everything we do in our school community.

We believe that this implicit alongside explicit learning helps to deepen our children’s self-confidence, appreciation, empathy, respect and understanding of others; in all aspects of their lives now and for their futures.

Diversity is embraced in our community and our curriculum complements the ‘Fundamental British Values’ (as described by the Government as: Democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance).

The British values are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At St Barnabas Primary we believe these values are fundamental human rights which we actively promote in conjunction with our own school expectations of respect, responsibility and readiness alongside our Christian Values. These values are integral to the education we believe every child is entitled to; it permeates all aspects of school life. Values are taught implicitly and explicitly at St Barnabas.

Below are examples of the ways these are promoted within St Barnabas Primary School both implicitly and explicitly.

In everything we do…

As a part of our daily school life, we have school and class rules, voting on class and school wide issues through our school council, behaviour systems, certificates, stickers and class recognition boards etc. In lessons we empower children to make careful choices, participate in paired work, group work, turn taking, sharing, tolerance, support, respect and empathy. These are all taught and modelled by all members of staff.

We encourage children to be role models for others and encourage them to actively demonstrate successful learning behaviours and attitudes at all times. In each class we have elected School Council representatives who explicitly role model this to other pupils and gather pupil voice feedback regularly to ensure that all feel valued and celebrated. We promote roles and responsibilities in all classrooms through a vast array of ‘jobs’ for to ensure that all pupils take responsibility for our school environment and those within it. Our Year 6 pupils are responsible for a wider range of school ‘jobs’ including: door monitors, assembly assistants and snack facilitators. We also have a developing team of play leaders who, when fully trained, will actively support others at play and lunchtimes.

Behaviour

We have a clear behaviour policy which teaches boundaries, recognises pupils who fulfil expectations, rewards those who go above and beyond, and supports pupils to improve if they do not live up to the expectation. We believe in a resolution approach to issues and dilemmas, ensuring that all pupils are listened to, conflicts are resolved peacefully and children have a clear understanding of why their behaviour was inappropriate and how they could manage it differently in the future. We promote mutual respect at all times.

At St Barnabas pupils are actively encouraged to make choices where possible in learning and at play, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely,

Curriculum

We ensure all objectives of the National Curriculum are covered through our school based curriculum. A curriculum that actively encourages our children to consider the past and aspire for the future. Our Discover, Explore, Create curriculum particularly enables pupils to develop an understanding of how people and events in the past and present have shaped the society we live in today. Through our Jigsaw scheme of work (see planning) and our Collective Worship pupils are encouraged to think carefully about the part they have to play in society, now and in the future.

Our Jigsaw also challenge stereotypes, reinforce rules and responsibilities, promote individuality, respect and tolerance.

Teaching and learning of RE activities ensure pupils develop a secure understanding of the UK as a multicultural society; promoting tolerance and understanding of commonalities and uniqueness’s. We also have a very secure and well developed SOLE approach to learning which promotes and empowers independent, collaborative learners in our school.

Let Your Light Shine - Matthew 5:16