Netherbrook Primary School

Aims and Values

Mission Statement

To provide a welcoming and caring environment where each child feels confident and valued and realises their true potential.

Our Aims

  • To create a happy, caring environment where each child can develop confidence, independence and self-esteem.
  • To establish good, sound academic standards through high expectation and a broad and balanced curriculum, enabling each child to attain his/her full potential.
  • To promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, physical and creative development of each child and prepare each to take his/her place as a valuable member of a multicultural society.
  • To foster a love of learning, a respect for each other and a pride in the school as a caring and supportive community.
  • To develop all staff and provide ongoing training which will benefit teacher and child alike in our commitment to raising standards in all areas of school life.
  • To assist each child to feel confident in a fast changing technological society.
  • To develop a working partnership between home and school and establish Netherbrook as an integral part of the community.
  • To develop a sense of responsibility towards each other, the school and the community.
  • To create an attractive, stimulating and comfortable environment where staff, children and parents enjoy working.
  • To strive to improve and be the best in everything we do.

Our Values

It is our aim to find effective ways of developing our pupils’ aspirations, their sense of identity, self-worth and belonging, appreciating the world around them, taking responsibility and becoming conscious of choices they make.

Our school is built upon our values of:

  • Cooperation
  • Friendship
  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Learning
  • Perseverance

Our aim is to foster the intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of all our pupils. We believe that children need a caring, consistent environment where they are treated with respect and where their well-being is seen as paramount. We believe that our pupils should leave Netherbrook with: A sense of moral and spiritual awareness, a love of learning and a sense of where they belong.

Our key values of cooperation, friendship, honesty, respect, learning and perseverance are developed through our school curriculum. Aspects of social, moral, spiritual and cultural development are linked to topic themes and developed through assemblies and whole school routines, projects and focus days.

British Values

The DfE reinforced the need 'to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.'

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2015 Prevent Strategy. At Netherbrook Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.

Democracy

Netherbrook Primary School is proud to be a UN ICEF Rights Respecting school. (Silver Award) Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council when each class from year one to year six elects a school councillor. This school councillor is then part of the school council and everyone meets together at least once each half term.

The School Council gives our pupils a voice – their opinions are asked and listened to, and their views considered.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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.

Visits from authorities such as the Police, Ambulance and the Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.

Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

As a Rights Respecting School, mutual respect is at the heart of our values at Netherbrook. Children learn that their behaviours influence their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. At Netherbrook, we have playground buddies and anti-bullying ambassadors (Diana Award) to encourage our children to be happy and healthy with active playtimes and always someone to play with.

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Netherbrook Primary School places a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE, PSHE and RRSA teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes.

At Netherbrook Primary School we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. Discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated at Netherbrook and we aim to ensure all of our pupils are open minded, tolerant and respectful of all people in our society.