Meppershall Church of England AcademyLove of God, Love of life, Love of learning, Love of each other. Our Ethos
Our school is a place where:
- each child learns and grows through a curriculum that offers new opportunities, encourages aspiration and celebrates diversity.
- each child is celebrated as unique and has opportunities to flourish
- the wellbeing of each child is prioritised so they grow in confidence of who they are and what they can achieve.
Our vision is for each child to thrive, in an environment of faith, aspiration, creativity, challenge and celebration; and to make their own unique contribution to the school, the community and the wider world. It is based on two texts from the Bible:
“I have come that you may have life in all its fullness.” (John 10:10).
“What does the Lord require of you except to do justly, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). Our aims:
- To be ambitious for what we want our children to achieve.
- To provide excellent care to help all children stay safe, and develop physical and emotional wellbeing.
- To build a community based on mutual respect, where living our values every day leads to everyone enjoying “Life in all its fullness”.
- To provide and deliver excellent teaching and learning opportunities that allow children to:
- nurture a lifelong love of learning
- be inspired to achieve
- develop awe, wonder, curiosity and thankfulness
- establish secure self-esteem (through understanding they are unique, precious and valued)
- explore, investigate and make mistakes without fear of failure or criticism;
- acquire the key skills of communication (speaking and listening, reading and writing) and numeracy
- develop resilience and problem solving skills that will enable them to adapt to a changing society.
- grow in confidence and independence
- demonstrate a high standard of personal behaviour, understanding the difference between right and wrong and the consequences of their actions for themselves and others
- explore and develop their own values, beliefs and spiritual awareness,
- recognise, understand, appreciate, respect and celebrate cultural and social diversity
- Our Values
We show Love of God, Love of life, Love of learning, Love of each other through L
very day. The values which show that LOVE are: Respect, Compassion, Generosity, Truthfulness, Forgiveness, Service, Courage, Friendship, Thankfulness, Trust, Perseverance, Justice. Click here to see what we all think a Meppershall Learner is... Promoting British Values at Meppershall CE Academy
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 have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. At Meppershall CE Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is strong in the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council and Pupil questionnaires.
Elections for School Council representatives are undertaken in each class. Children are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other.
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; etc. are part of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
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 the 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.
As part of our school ethos and behaviour policy we actively promote Values Education which includes a variety of values including ‘Respect’, and pupils are part of discussions and assemblies related to what these values mean and how they are shown.
The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of 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 have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Children learn about and are taught to respect and appreciate the different beliefs and faiths that exist in the world.