St John’s is a Church of
England school; Christian values are reflected in nearly everything we do and
influence how we treat each other. These values are not exclusively Christian
but when brought together help to make our school the inclusive, caring and
supportive school that it is.
The values which our
schools endorse are those of:
Each half term we focus on
a particular value through our assemblies and worship to help children explore
what each value represents.
The Department for
Education state 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.”
At St John’s School, these
values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
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 are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British
electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. Democracy is also an
element of our IPC curriculum and during KS2 children have opportunities to
explore democracy through the local and national political systems.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws
whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are
consistently reinforced. Our school has
‘Golden Rules’, which are deeply embedded in our work every day. Each class also discusses and sets its own
rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure
that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered
environment. 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
Within school, pupils are
actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and
supportive environment. We educate and
provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision
of a safe environment and an empowering education. 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 P.S.H.E.
lessons. Whether it is through choice of
challenge; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra-
curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
The pupils understand that
respect is essential in order that we exist in harmony with each other. It is expected that respect is shown to
everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or
small. The core value of Respect at St
John’s underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom and is also
reflected in our Golden Rules.
of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs
Our core value of Respect
ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. St John’s enhances pupils’ understanding of
different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies including
visits to a range of places of worship and inviting pupils and parents in to
class to talk about their own faith. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced
understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.