Our School Values
As a federation of Shelton with Hardwick and Hempnall Primary Schools, we have high aspirations for everyone working and learning in our schools' community. We work together to inspire, educate and nurture the whole child, providing opportunities for each child to learn, discover and grow their unique talents and abilities. We encourage and enable our children to work hard and play hard.
In partnership with our parents, carers and the wider community, we are committed to creating a culture of high achievement within a vibrant environment which stimulates and supports successful learning for all our children through appropriately differentiated expectations.
Our vision is for Hempnall and Shelton School children to to grow into enthusiastic lifelong learners, able to take their place confidently in an ever-changing world. We want our children to develop a healthy respect for themselves and others, enabling them to learn both independently and with each other.
Laura Jestico Executive Headteacher
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At our federation, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
The Federation is a UNICEF Rights Respecting organisation. Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings.
Two of the three council members for each year group are voted in by their class.
Each term the children in years 2-6 are able to nominate and vote for children to achieve an “excellence certificate”.
Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
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.
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 advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
As a Rights Respecting Federation, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the schools' communities treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Both schools are situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place 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 PATHs teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the schools. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
In both schools, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.