Following the arrival of our new Headteacher in September 2018, the whole school community gave our views on what we wanted our school to be like. This helped us to agree our mission:
Inspiring Lifelong Success
It also resulted in the formation of our vision, which is being used to shape our practice.
At Sandcross, we seek to inspire our children for lifelong success.
By working effectively in partnership with parents, we support and nurture the whole child in a safe environment, providing a positive foundation to foster high aspirations and a lifelong love of learning.
We provide each child with opportunities to embrace challenges through an exciting, creative and meaningful curriculum, supporting them on their individual learning journey.
By striving for excellence, we instil in our children our chosen values, a growth mindset and aspirations to be outstanding achievers and successful, global citizens.
In addition, we recently spent time deciding, as a school community (pupils, parents, staff and Local Committee) which values we wished to emphasise and focus on. These were selected as:
Our values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin everything from our behaviour management, teaching and learning to the very conversations we have with our children. All of this helps us to provide an environment which prepares our pupils to become confident, happy citizens who are able to make a contribution to the world they live in.
At Sandcross Primary School we recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom and acknowledge our responsibility to prepare children for the world in which they will live. Therefore, in addition to our own values, we teach children British Values, both through our teaching and wider activities. These are:
The rule of law
The importance of law is consistently reinforced throughout the school day in our one school rule: ‘We show kindness and respect to everyone.’ 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. Class rules and charters support this and circle time is used as an opportunity to discuss situations that benefit from whole class consideration. The school has very good links with authorities such as the Police and Fire Service and topics from Reception’s ‘people who help us’ to Year 6’s ‘Junior Citizen’ activities help to support our teaching.
Sandcross has a clear anti-bullying policy which uses restorative approaches. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our online safety work and the school council.
Mutual respect and Tolerance
A hugely important one for us, which links to our own school value of respect and our one school rule, which helps to create a safe, calm, happy environment for everyone. Through celebrating diversity, we teach children that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law and that it is important to identify and combat prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. Beyond tolerance, we aim to celebrate different faiths or beliefs in order to give children a positive view of the rich and vibrant culture that is Britain today.
We support children to develop an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process with numerous pupil voice/consultation activities, including school council elections and pupil questionnaires.
We hope to further our progress in this area in the future by moving towards achieving Rights Respecting School status.