Values & Ethos

  • Find out about our Values & Ethos

    • Respect
    • Co-operation
    • Pride
    • Determination
    • Honesty
    • Perseverance
    • Kindness
    • Fairness
    • Aspiration
  • Parents, employees, pupils and supporters working together for every child’s best: progress, enjoyment, potential and success.

    At Prince Edward Primary School, we are committed to ensuring pupils receive a high quality education. At the heart of our school are a set of core values that underpin our whole curriculum and school life so that our pupils leave us as happy, secure, caring and responsible citizens.
    We believe that our core school values of respect, cooperation, pride, determination, perseverance, honesty, kindness, fairness and aspiration and the British values are not mutually exclusive. The acknowledgment that all people are to be valued regardless of beliefs, background or ethnic origin is reflected in our Equality Statement and rooted in our SMSC policy.

    In 2014, the Department for Education stated that there is a need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’
    We focus on ensuring our work is effective in securing these values; challenging pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to these values; and ensuring all pupils have equal opportunities to achieve well.

    Democracy
    Democracy flourishes within our school. Pupils are listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern for 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 questionnaires. The elections of the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.

    The Rule of Law
    The importance of laws – whether those that apply to the classroom, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Each class discusses and sets its own Class Charter that is clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. These are clearly displayed in the classrooms. 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. The curriculum provides opportunities to help pupils distinguish between what is morally right or wrong. Regular visits from authorities such as the police and fire services help to reinforce this message.

    Individual Liberty
    At Prince Edward Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely. Examples of this can be seen through our e-safety and PSHE opportunities. We implement a strong anti-bullying culture. Pupils develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. Whether it is through choice of challenge in an activity; of how they may record this; of how they behave or of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Each day there is a choice of a hot dinner on the menu and children are encouraged from a young age to make their own choice.

    Mutual Respect
    Pupils know and understand that our core values of respect and cooperation are imperative in everything we do. Pupils respect that they have rights and, in order to have these rights, they respect that that they need to behave with responsibility for others’ rights.

    Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
    Tolerance is enhanced through pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. The school has high-profile assemblies which celebrate religious festivals that are supported by our RE and PSHE opportunities. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Our pupil participation in the weekly assemblies and various cultural events has been successful.
    In the Spring term, our Themed Curriculum allows each year group to focus on a specific country. Beliefs, traditions and customs are studied in depth and our pupils are provided with opportunities to develop their ideas and experiences leading to increased respect and understanding.