We know that children need to feel happy and confident in order to learn successfully. As a school we aim to deliver a high quality education that provides children with the skills they will need to live happy and fulfilling lives, whilst at the same time meeting their physical, emotional, social, moral, cultural and spiritual needs.
Our school values, chosen by the children, are Happiness, Pride, Creativity, Resilience, Empathy and Excellence and the children work hard to live by them, valuing themselves, other children and adults and their achievements as well as their environment. The ethos of the school is very much one of mutual respect.
Our values are at the core of everything we do at South Farnborough Junior School. Each of our school values helps provide an environment which prepares our pupils as empathetic, happy citizens, who will be able to make positive contributions to modern Britain. Alongside our school values we pride ourselves in promoting the fundamental British values.
Schools are required to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. As part of this we actively promote fundamental British values.
The government defines these as:
● Individual Liberty
● Rule of Law
● Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Ultimately, we aim to help pupils understand that the law is there to keep us safe. As well as the importance of combatting discrimination and our freedom under British law to choose different faiths and beliefs. We also teach them how to influence decision-making by taking part in democratic processes like voting and petionting.
What does this look like in our school?
The values are reflected throughout our school, in our ethos,policies and assemblies. Children also engage with them through the curriculum, in a way that is suitable for their age and context.
It is important to us that every child in our school is treated as an individual; inspired to achieve and celebrated for their skills and abilities. We encourage them to make their own choices. This could be on clubs they wish to attend or how they wish to present their final piece of work at the end of a topic. They are supported throughout their school careers to become independent and well-balanced individuals, who are interested in the world around them. To help them develop their own views we work hard to expose them to current affairs. Presenting all information in a neutral manner. We encourage our children to scrutinize news sources and understand why some information may be represented in different ways.
Rule of Law
One of our school values is excellence and with that comes a highest of expectations for our pupils. We encourage our pupils to take ownership over their behaviour and each class creates their own class charter at the start of the year. These reflect the rules the children believe will ensure the best class environment for them. They understand that there are consequences if rules are not adhered to, not only in school but in the wider community also. Visitors to school help expand the children's knowledge of the wider community such as: the fire service, local police and NSPCC. Our road safety officers also play a large role in providing safe roads around our school.
Our children are taught the importance of living in a democratic society and the impact their voice can have on a variety of issues. We elect a school council member for each class who is involved with discussions on matters that concern the whole school. We often ask for the children’s opinion of different aspects of their school life through questionnaires or conferencing. Their thoughts and opinions are important to us and their voice can help create change in their school.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
As a school we work hard to create an ethos that makes every child feel a sense of belonging. We encourage our children to embrace and celebrate the diversity of our community. Our children learn through the curriculum about a variety of religions and cultures. They also enjoy a range of visits that expose them to a variety of cultural and religions. We are also responsible for challenging prejudiced or extreme opinions and behaviour. As part of this responsibility we have put measures into place to protect children from exposure to extremist views.