At Brimsdown Primary School we often reflect on what we do and how we are doing it to remind ourselves of our core purpose. It is, not only to ensure our children achieve their full potential but because, as they experience our curriculum, they will have the skills, knowledge and values to be able to be a force for positive change in this world. We want to give our pupils what they need to make the world a better place than we have left it for them.
Our pupils need to understand that they can make a difference and that they have a voice that we can help be heard. Their views on issues that affect children need to be heard and we need to facilitate this. By the time our pupils leave our school at the end of Year 6 we will have been able to influence them for nearly three quarters of their lives. Our curriculum is such that during this time they realise they can become a force for positive change: in their homes, their school, their community and the world.
Our School Values
Our values are the foundation upon which our school community is built. They underpin all we do and guide us in our pursuit of academic excellence, personal growth, and a supportive, inclusive environment.
Our commitment to these values fosters a culture of respect, empathy, and cooperation, ensuring that every member of our school community can thrive and make a positive impact on the world around them.
“It is our collective and individual responsibility, to tend to the world in which we all live”.
“The time is always right to do what’s right”.
“Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from becoming a failure”.
“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many
times I fell down and got back up again”.
“If you want to earn respect, just be honest”.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is wasted”.
Preparing Children for Life in Modern Britain
At Brimsdown Primary School we take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain very seriously. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE and PSHE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events and a range of visits. Their strong rooted Values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.
At Brimsdown, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is clearly evident within our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil questionnaires. The elections of school councillors from each of the classes as well as a democratic vote about which charities to support, are based solely on pupil votes.
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; Fire Service; Ambulance etc are a part of our curriculum and help reinforce this message. The concept of the Rule of Law is also reinforced through teaching activities in our citizenship curriculum.
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 of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, lunch options, of participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around core values such as ‘respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. These ideas are reiterated through the school and classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Our learning mentor gives additional support to individual children to help develop self–esteem and the concept of respect.
Respecting all Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are regularly held.