Values and Ethos

Ethos

At Horspath we are fortunate that our pupils, their families and our staff represent the ever changing diversity of our nation.  We teach a themed curriculum which incorporates the interests of pupils and supports them in becoming good local, national and global citizens of the future.

We are proud of our heritage as a church school where:

  • Children from all cultures and faiths thrive, learning skills and behaviours that will guide them their whole lives.
  • That underpins teaching, learning and daily school life with the Christian values of forgiveness, respect for others, truth and responsibility
  • All children experience the very best that the school has to offer so that they are challenged and inspired to achieve their full potential.
  • We take advantage of our ‘small school status’ to encourage and promote opportunities for children to work and play across the age range ensuring that everyone in the school community knows everyone else
  • Links with our local community are strong

Our Four Christian Values are:

  • Responsibility – We all have responsibilities; the world is a better place when we all own and fulfil them 
  • Forgiveness – We acknowledge that sometimes we make mistakes; when we do, we will be  forgiven 
  • Respect – We believe everyone is to be respected regardless of age, race, gender, religion, disability or any other difference
  • Truth – We believe we should all act with honesty and integrity; we own up when we have done something wrong and we work hard to make it right

British Values

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”.

Our school reflects British values in all that we do.  We nurture our pupils on their journey through life so they grow into caring, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the wider world. We encourage them to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and others in our school, our local community and beyond.

At Horspath, we actively promote British values in the following ways:

Democracy

Pupils are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school. They are able to do this in a number of ways e.g. Dilemma Week lessons; curriculum planning; school council; questionnaires and surveys; assemblies and Family Talk Homework. 

Rule of Law

We have a clear positive behaviour policy which helps pupils to make good choices about their behaviour. We are a rights respecting school and each class revisits our school rules and values at the beginning of each year. Pupils are helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and in the playground. This is supported by a Restorative Justice approach. Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and Horspath enjoys visits from services such as the Police, Fire and Ambulance services to help reinforce the message.

Individual Liberty

At school, pupils are encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. They are supported to develop self-knowledge, self-confidence and a growth mind set in all areas of school life. Pupils are taught to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms in a safe way during PSHE lessons. School counselor and house captains are elected during the whole school vote and all children in Y5 and 6 have key responsibilities as part of a weekly duty group. All Y5s’ are trained as peer mediators and All Y4s are in school like being a Playground  pals. At the beginning of the school year all Y6s are ‘buddied’ with a Reception child to help settle them into school. 

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Respect is one of our 4 core values. Pupils understand that respect is shown to everyone, both adults and children. We help them to develop an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures. Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. Through the PSHE and RE curriculum pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences and similarities between people. Through our thematic curriculum we learn about the world and we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied.