British Values Statement

British Values Statement

At Westfield we actively seek ways to help children explore the value and values of our society. Making these values explicit ensures open and constructive dialogue within our school, sharing and learning from each other. We celebrate our core values of being a welcoming and open community throughout our school curriculum, both in taught lessons and in all interactions with each other.

At the heart of our culture, we believe British people particularly value democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We teach the values of participation, honesty, respect, peacefulness and freedom, allowing children to explore and reflect on ideas which help them to become caring, thoughtful and active citizens.

The government's definition of British values identifies five key values upon which our society flourishes. We pride ourselves on the many ways in which Westfield provides children with opportunities experience and learn about those values for themselves.

 

Democracy 
Pupils are involved in democratic processes such as the election of members to School Council and House Captains, writing manifestos and using ballot boxes as appropriate. The school Council is led by a member of staff and adheres to democratic processes and reports the actions of the committee to the whole school. School council are involved in the appointment of new staff, premises provision, health and safety issues and developments within the school. Our parents and pupils are able to share their views through questionnaires and meetings with staff. We welcome feedback to help us to improve.

 

Individual Liberty

Pupils have the opportunity to become involved in key roles and responsibilities in school; these increase as they progress through the school. At Westfield, we educate and provide boundaries within which pupils are actively encouraged to make safe and responsible choices within a supportive environment. In the classroom they have regular opportunities to make choices about their learning, their level of challenge and the way in which they demonstrate their learning.

 

 

Mutual Respect

Our ethos, supported by our PSHCE curriculum embodies values of mutual respect through units of learning such as relationships and being a responsible citizen. We actively promote an attitude of equality and fairness. Our ‘Peer Mediators’ are trained to support this process. We celebrate and reward success and learn to be magnanimous in defeat and gracious in victory. Through assemblies and topics taught in class the pupils develop an understanding of a range of cultures to help them for life in modern Britain. We have a growing number of pupils with additional languages which we celebrate. School resources are used to promote learning and a full integration into school life.

 

The Rule of Law 

We have a clearly structured behaviour policy, which all stakeholders understand and follow. Some assemblies are delivered with a focus on British law and school rules. The school has a PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) who comes into school to reinforce this work and to promote safe choices. Our PHSCE curriculum reinforces pupils’ understanding of rules and laws and their responsibilities as citizens and members of the school community.

 

 

 

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs 

Our RE curriculum provides a broad and balanced education about a range of faiths, religions and cultures. Pupils reflect on their own beliefs and those of others in a respectful way. Pupils will learn throughout their time at Westfield about a variety of faiths with a focus each year on a different aspect of Christianity. We are fortunate to have children from a number of different faiths within the school community. Westfield welcomes families of all faiths and of no faith.

 

Overview 

Westfield Junior School is committed to serving our community and surrounding area of St Ives. We recognise the multi-cultural and multi-faith nature of Cambridgeshire and the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting these values. We educate all. We encourage admissions of all who are entitled to education under British law, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and political or financial status. We aim to promote a life-long love of learning in all our pupils. We strive for excellence in all that we do.

 

 

The above statutory statement document has been approved by the governing body of the school and will be reviewed on a regular basis. Click on the title of the statement next to the pdf logo to open the pdf file.

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