Values and Ethos
As a school community we...
- Promote a happy ethos and a positive attitude to learning and health.
- Care for each other and our environment.
- Are consistent in our approach and believe that everyone should have equal opportunities and work in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
- Develop skills for life and encourage life long learning.
- Encourage everyone to achieve their full potential through an exciting and challenging curriculum.
Actively Promoting British Values
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools Lord Nash stated in November 2014:
A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
We want every school to promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.
This ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
Examples of the understanding and knowledge pupils are expected to learn include:
- An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
- An acceptance that 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
- An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination
As a school we actively promote British values, we:
- Include in suitable parts of the curriculum - as appropriate for the age of 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. Assemblies and PSHE also contribute to this.
- Ensure all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes. We do this most often through our Class and School Council.
- 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. We will also do this through debates in English as part of the curriculum.
DID YOU KNOW?
High Ongar Primary School is 149 years old.
The building is situated in a designated conservation area and is listed grade II.
We currently have 150 pupils on roll.
We have 26 permanent members of staff.
The Little Acorn Room project took over 24 months from start to finish.