At St Andrew's we aim for our children to become valuable and fully rounded 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.
The opinions of all our school community are valued greatly at St. Andrew's. As such our children's views are regularly sought in a variety of areas including aspects of their learning, rewards and sanctions and school improvement priorities.
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 personalise them according to the age and needs of the class. All the adults and children belonging to that class then sign the rules, which are clearly displayed in the classroom. These rules are revisited regularly through PSHE lessons, assemblies and class circle times and there are clear sanctions for broken rules, visible to all through our school's Code of Conduct and 'Good To Be Green' behaviour reward system, which every class uses. We ensure that children understand that school and class rules are there to protect us and are essential for our well-being and safety.
We encourage our children to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment to enable them to do this. Through our PSHE lessons we discuss different choices they may make and the consequences of those choices. Children are continually encouraged to make the right choices by all adults working in school and this theme is revisited through a programme of class assemblies and circle times. The importance of making safe choices when using the Internet is explored regularly through the Computing curriculum and e-safety scheme of work.
Our whole school ethos is built around core Christian values, including that of 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, including lunchtimes, when lunchtime staff give out "Caught Being Good" tickets to children exhibiting these values.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
All different faiths and beliefs are explored and celebrated through assemblies, RE sessions and a variety of visitors into school. The children are taught that people have different faiths and beliefs and that these should be accepted. Children, staff members and parents with different faiths are encouraged to share their practices and special celebrations within our school. Our English curriculum includes texts from a range of cultures to further raise children’s awareness of different cultures, faiths and beliefs.