Let your Light Shine
“You are the light of the world. A city standing upon a hill cannot be hidden. Nobody lights a candle
and puts it under a bucket. They put it upon a candlestick, and it shines for everyone who is in the
house. In the same way, let your light shine in front of people, so that they might see the good
things you do and give praise to your Father, who is in heaven.”
Horspath Church of England Primary School is resolute in providing the best educational opportunities for all individuals in its care. Our vision is to provide a happy, loving, and nurturing environment where all are valued and recognise their gifts, have the confidence to strive for excellence and make outstanding progress, and can develop and fulfil their hopes and aspirations so they may shine as lights in the world. We encourage all members of the school community to lead by good example and inspire others; to stand up for what is right, and offer help to all; to be persevering, and to make a positive difference to the world. Through our values of responsibility, courage, kindness, and justice our vision is brought to life in the school community.
Our Four Christian Values are:
- Responsibility – to take ownership for learning, choices and actions
- Courage – to put aside fear and persevere even when things are hard
- Kindness – to show care and offer help to others even if they don’t offer it to you
- 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
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:
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.
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.