Aims and Values
Our Distinctive Values
These are our Distinctive Values. They are important ideas that we try to make a part of the everyday experience of everyone in school:
- Zest for learning and a love of life.
- Embracing the future with hope and confidence.
- Seeing heaven in the moment.
- Imagining the journey in another’s footsteps; nurturing, understanding, respecting all.
- Everyone knowing that they are treasured and loved as a unique child of God.
Our School Vision
Every child to learn and grow with God.
We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which develops each child spiritually, morally, intellectually, socially and physically within a Christian environment.
We aim to see each child as an individual, made in the image of God, and to address individual needs in order to help explore talents and fulfil potential.
We aim to develop a partnership between home and school and involve parents as actively as possible in the education and welfare of their children.
We intend this education to take place in a secure and happy environment, one which will provide the children with the self-esteem and skills necessary for them to take their place successfully as confident, responsible, tolerant and caring members of society.
At St. Laurence Church Infant School we set out to work with our families to help our children become thoughtful, caring and responsible members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
We promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.
We have a School Council which is made up of two members from each class. These representatives are nominated and voted for by their classmates. They meet regularly to discuss a range of issues. The discussions are then fed back to the rest of the class where they can all share their views and thoughts.
The Rule of Law
Our School Rules are clearly outlined in our Behaviour Policy, which is also shared with parents and carers. At the beginning of the year class teachers discuss these rules with their pupils and the rules are regularly revisited. There are rewards for following the school rules and clear sanctions for breaking them. The rewards and sanctions are displayed in every classroom on our Star Award Charts. We ensure that children understand that rules are there to protect us and are essential for our wellbeing and safety. Children are also taught the importance of forgiveness and being allowed to make a fresh start. Elements of the History curriculum also enable children to explore the roles of law and authority in the past, for example through learning about the Gunpowder Plot.
We encourage our children to make their own choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Through our PSHE lessons we discuss the different choices they may make and the consequences of those choices. Children are continually encouraged to make the right, safe choice by all adults working in school. The importance of making safe choices when using the Internet is explored through the Computing curriculum. We make children aware of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in an age appropriate way.
Our whole school ethos is built around mutual respect. We are an inclusive school where everyone is valued and has a contribution to make to the school. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Children are encouraged to respect each other throughout the day and they see this attitude modelled by the adults in the school.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
As a Church of England school, the Christian faith and its values are an integral part of the children’s day to day experiences. Children are taught an understanding of different faiths and beliefs through the RE curriculum. Children within our school with different faiths are encouraged to share their practices and special celebrations. Our curriculum includes learning about a range of cultures to raise children’s awareness of different faiths, beliefs and ways of life.