At Knop Law Primary School we believe that children should be proud of their achievements, successes and individuality. Our vision and core values are at the heart of everything that we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment that prepares our pupils to be responsible, active citizens.
As a school community, we worked together to develop our core values which are fundamental to the way we work and learn together. We have six core values:
As a school we also actively promote the fundamental British values of:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
British values complement our school values and we work hard to teach children about their rights and responsibilities. Children gain an understanding of the importance of respecting the rights and responsibilities of others and are encouraged to reflect upon how their choices, behaviours and actions affect those around them.
At Knop Law these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Celebrating Local, National and Global Celebrations and Events
As a school, we mark and celebrate local, regional, national celebrations and events such as: Remembrance Day, Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Olympics, St George's Day, Diwali, Chinese New Year.
We have excellent relationships with our local church which enhances opportunities including the annual Peace Initiative, carol service, experience harvest workshops and we also participate in different religious events across the year organized by the vicar at the church of The Holy Nativity.
As a school, we provide children and our community with clear opportunities to make positive contributions through direct involvement in charitable activities such as: Red Nose Day, Children in Need, St Oswald’s Hospice and Save the Children Christmas Jumper Appeal.
Democratic values underpin the ethos of the school. Children are listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Our children have the freedom to make choices.
We hold democratic elections for different pupil committees such as School Council, Eco Team, House Captains and decisions across our school are influenced by the work they carry out. This demonstrates to children democracy in action.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
In our school we believe everyone is special and unique. Mutual respect is a core value that is at the heart of our school ethos and behaviour policy.
Teachers are positive role models at all times. Assemblies and collective worship teaches respect for all. RE lessons and themed days teach children about other faiths, culture and traditions, such as St. George's Day, Diwali and Chinese New Year. PHSE is an important part of our curriculum. The work towards our International Schools Award, including our long-established India link, also ensures that there are many opportunities to increase understanding of other faiths and beliefs which also develops a culture of mutual respect and tolerance, beyond our school and locality.
Through these activities, our pupils learn to combat discrimination and improve their understanding of the importance of respecting the many different faiths in Britain and the world today.
the rule of law
Our school rules are displayed in every classroom and are consistently reinforced throughout each day. Children are taught to understand the value and reason for national social laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
The importance of having rules that we live by are consistently reinforced including when dealing with behaviour, through school assemblies and special curriculum projects, for example, KS2 ABC project.
At our school we have an inclusive approach where all children are recognised as individuals. We encourage children to take responsibility for the choices that they make for example, behaviour choices, participation in extracurricular activities, sporting opportunities as well as through the PHSE curriculum.
We encourage children to have opinions and to discuss issues. This ensures pupils are given the freedom to make choices as well as knowing their rights and responsibilities.