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Visions and Values

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils. To develop outstanding learning and teaching through a shared responsibility for achievement, deriving from our motto: Inspire, Care Educate. We have linked our Core Christian values to our motto in the following way:  

 

 

Inspire   Care Educate

Aspiration

Enthusiasm

Love

Respect

Resilience 

Courage

  

Through our modelling of the Christian faith in all that we do and the development of links to everyday life and experiences we aim to give children a real choice and where they will learn to value what it means to be a Christian. Through all our actions and the curriculum we promote and follow the core commandments of Loving your God and Loving you neighbour.

Our Acts of Collective Worship

 

The daily act of Christian collective worship plays a central role in the life and work at Peterhouse C.E.Primary Academy.It provides us with valuable opportunities to reaffirm our explicitly Christian values and ethos. It offers important opportunities to strengthen our sense of community, belonging and inclusiveness and to reinforce the respect and care we have for each other. Through collective worship we make a significant contribution to the religious, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of those present.

 

Each Wednesday the daily act of worship is led by the vicar, curate or a local Christian organisation.

 

Each year we hold a Harvest, Christmas and Easter Service in Mary Magdalene Church.  These services are led by the children with input from the local church.  Parents are very welcome to join us for these important events in the school year.

 

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Collective Worship.  Please contact the Headteacher to discuss the alternative arrangements that could be made for your child.

 

 

Our Church Schools Inspection (SIAMS)

 

As well as an OFSTED inspection, as a Church of England voluntary controlled school we are also inspected by the Church. Our latest SIAMS inspection took place in November 2016 and the school was graded as 'Good' overall with a judgement of 'Outstanding' in leadership and management. The final report from our latest inspection can be found below:

 

Preparing Children for Life in Modern Britain

 

At Peterhouse CE Primary Academy we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. 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, SMSC, PSHE and Citizenship 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 effort to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, visits abroad and trips to various different environments around the UK. The children’s strong rooted values=based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.

 

British Value

Statement

Evidence

Impact

Mutual respect and the Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs

Respect is a fundamental school value, around which pivots much of the work of the school. We pay explicit attention to this as part of our RE, PHSE, and SMSC curriculum.

Respect is a school value that is discussed deeply, starting with self-respect and covering respect for family, friends, and other groups; the world and its people; and the environment

Records of PSHE sessions/Collective worship on SMSC/British Values Gridmaker.

RE Curriculum

RE Planning and evidence of work.

Learning walks for behaviour and behaviour for learning School Values

Children can articulate why respect is important; how they show respect to others and how they feel about it for themselves.

Children’s behaviour demonstrates their good understanding of this value in action.

Children are able to talk about the different faiths and cultures they learn about, ask questions and show tolerance and respect for others of different faiths and religions.

Democracy

The children at Peterhouse CE Primary see democracy borne out in a whole variety of ways and see this as being an essential component of successful team working.

Although Democracy is not a discrete core value it is something that children meet when discussing respect and fairness and something they see in action in the decision making processes of the school.

The establishment of a new School Council each year models the democratic process.

Modelling of General and Local elections and visits to Town Hall/Houses of Parliament.

RE Planning and work books.

Learning Walks for behaviour and learning School Values.

Children are able to work cooperatively in pairs and groups as well as in whole class situations. They understand about turn taking and respecting the views of others.

Children in Key Stage 2 in particular are able to use the language of respect.

Rule of Law

The children at Peterhouse are familiar with this concept through the philosophy that infuses the entire work of the school. They are familiar with the concept through the discussion of values and, in RE lessons, the idea that different religions have guiding principles.

Children are used to debating and discussing laws/rules and their application. Children understand rules and consistently apply restorative justice practices. Children are familiar with the local police who visit to talk to them informally.

Class Rules, School Rules, Learning Behaviour expectations, School Values

PSHE lessons on the role of law and parliament.

School Council meetings

Collective Worship

Learning and behaviour walks

Children are able to articulate how and why we need to behave in school and demonstrate they understand and can abide by these rules.

They are able to discuss and debate philosophical issues in relation to these.

Individual Liberty

Our Values based discussions and acts of worship begin with discussion about the self, e.g. self-respect and self-worth in relation to the individual value so that children see that they are important in their own right. The philosophy of our teaching and learning places emphasis on the right to have our own thoughts and evidence based views.

Children are strongly encouraged to develop independence in learning and to think for themselves

Children are able to show independence in learning and to think for themselves.

Children understand about the importance of accepting responsibility and of their right to be heard in school.

They are consulted on in many aspects of school life and demonstrate independence of thought and action.

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