Values and Ethos

The Values and Ethos of Parkfields Middle School

•             We are a CARING, NURTURING, ENCOURAGING school with a traditional ethos where politeness and courtesy is extended to all and is expected from all.

•             We are a school with high expectations of RESPECT for each other –.

•             We are a HARDWORKING school which delivers high standards of teaching, high standards in behaviour and high standards of achievement in all areas of the curriculum

•             We are a SUPPORTIVE school where everyone who works with the pupils goes the extra mile because they are committed to the pupils 

•             We are an INCLUSIVE school that is proud to have a hearing impaired provision and to cater as well as we possibly can for those who have learning or physical difficulties.   We strongly believe that a school should be judged on how well it looks after the most vulnerable children in the community.

 

The Department for Education states that there is a 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 by the Prime Minister in 2014. At Parkfields Middle School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways: -

Democracy

Democracy is embedded at the school.  Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.  Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires.  The elections of the School Council members and Charity Monitors are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. In addition we organize ‘mock elections’ so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout our school day, through our school assemblies and also when dealing with behaviour in school. We encourage our pupils to distinguish right from wrong and help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals.  Through our ‘Life Skills’ lessons, our 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 the Police, Fire Service etc. also help to reinforce our messages. Our restorative values approach helps us to resolve conflicts.

Individual Liberty

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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. We support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.  Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and Life Skills lessons.

Mutual Respect

At the heart of our whole school ethos is a commitment to FREDICE – taken from the core values of the Olympics and the Paralympics and introduced in the first instance by the pupils themselves, we promote Friendship, Respect, Excellence, Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality.  Our values are taught through assemblies and Life Skills sessions and form a key part of our daily dialogue across school.   Respect is promoted across school and it is deeply embedded in all that we do at the school.  The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small.  The core value of ‘respect’ at Parkfields Middle School underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom. Our school frequently participates in learning activities which promote mutual respect including visits to local lower schools.  In addition to these activities our children are given regular opportunities to learn within their community and beyond. On each occasion, an emphasis is placed on respecting those with whom they come into contact and their surroundings.   A very wide range of extra-curricular clubs is offered at Parkfields Middle School, both at lunchtime and after the school day.  These clubs provide another opportunity for mutual respect to be secured in the attitudes of our pupils, both amongst those participating from their own setting, and any visiting staff or teams.

Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs

Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs.  Parkfields Middle School enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies and Life Skills work.   Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.

 


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