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Our School Vision

Unlocking potential for lifelong learning, grounded in Christian values

 

Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.

 

 

At the heart of our school is the desire to create a harmonious environment that is optimistic, open-minded and based around the needs of the children.  We look to provide a consistent and clear structure in which staff work together in a united way to challenge the individual and seek their best.   We shall try to make a school in which every child, parent, governor and staff member can feel their contribution to the whole school is valuable and important.

  

Mrs C. Towler Head Teacher.

                                                                                        

 

At Stratton C of E Primary School we are committed to preparing our children for life in Modern Britain.

 

Guidance from the Department for Education states that all schools have a duty to promote the fundamental British values of:

Democracy

The rule of law

Individual liberty

Mutual respect

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

 

We promote these values in the following ways:

 

  1. Democracy

We aim for our children to have an understanding and appreciation of how decisions are made within the democracy which is modern Britain.

  • School council

  • Assembly themes

  • Prefect system

  • Debating through English curriculum

  • Mock trial

  • Values tree

     

  1. The rule of law

We aim for our children to have an understanding of how laws are made in Britain and why it is important for everyone to follow them.

  • Mock trial

  • Police visits

  • School and class rules

  • Values tree

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  1. Individual liberty

We aim for children to understand that they have rights and freedoms as a member of a modern British society

  • Assembly themes

  • Behaviour policy

  • PSHE curriculum

     

  1. Mutual respect

We aim to instil in our children that we have respect and understanding of all people. We respect and celebrate differences in our society and all people regardless of their race, age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity or religion.

  • Anti-bullying week

  • Policy with children’s input

  • Young leaders

  • Visits and visitors

  • Values tree

  • Charity support

     

  1. Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

We aim for our children to understand that there are many different faiths represented in modern Britain.

  • Broad balanced curriculum

 

Our Stratton key values are: Friendship, Respect, Responsibility, Forgiveness  and Truthfulness.  Out of the many Christian values these were selected by the children, staff, parents and governors as our key values for school life.

 

Our home school value this term is THANKFULNESS. 

 

Visions and Values in action.

 

Prayer Day 28th September 2017

 

All the children took part in our Prayer Day - a creative day of activities and reflection on our Christian values of forgiveness and friendship. Here are some of the things they got up to from 'Bubble Prayers' to 'Fizzy Forgiveness'.

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Class 6

 

Year 6 pupils spent time studying the Understanding Christianity "Big Frieze" which depicts the Bible in art from Genesis to Revelation. They were asked to review our current core values, to see if they felt they were still the best choices or whether it was time to reconsider? This is what they thought...

 

As a class, we concluded that ‘Forgiveness’ should be one of our core Christian values. Forgiveness should be practised throughout life because everyone deserves a second chance. If there were to be no forgiveness in the world, it would be a darker, more miserable place. Forgiveness is represented in the Bible many times and is seen daily throughout the world. People often use forgiveness as a matter of course e.g. if someone accidentally pushes you. It is important to forgive sincerely although we are aware that actions and behaviour could have consequences.

 

Without forgiveness, there would be less friendship and peace therefore people wouldn’t be able to move on from their mistakes. Forgiveness can make everyone better, more positive and happier people – a world God wanted.

 

FORGIVENESS
1 John 1.9: But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away.
Mark 11.25: If you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you.

 

Jesus came into the world to show us how much we are loved by God; by taking the sins of the wholeworld upon himself on the cross Jesus made forgiveness and a personal relationship with God possible. We strive to offer every member of our school community a life-giving encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. Following Jesus' example, we always offer forgiveness and a fresh start to children and adults who have made mistakes. We teach that an individual's behaviour can have a positive or negative impact on others and that this consideration must be paramount in deciding whether behaviour is appropriate. When sanctions are deemed necessary because behaviour falls short of expectations, we endeavour to demonstrate justice with compassion.
As a community whose life is founded upon Christian values we recognise that forgiveness, offered and received, will be at the heart of all our relationships. We teach about how we can show we are sorry in practical ways and equip individuals with strategies to prevent them from repeating mistakes in the future. We believe that learning from the past and not holding grudges will help to develop character by making us more resilient.
As a Church of England school, our behaviour policy is informed throughout by our Christian values. We try not to make assumptions about people or situations before knowing all the facts and circumstances. Decisions about sanctions are made carefully and after consultation. We teach children about the justice system in modern Britain and the emphasis on principles such as the presumption of innocence until proven guilty and the concept of restorative justice.
 
Taking these thoughts and reflections into account, from September 2017, our 5 key Stratton school values are to be Forgiveness, Respect, Responsibilty, Truthfulness and Friendship. It was felt that our previous key value of Peace would stem from Forgiveness 

Responsibility Home/School Value

It is important that our Christian Values are evident and encouraged in our daily lives within our school community. In recognition of children who show responsibility, respect, friendship, who are at peace or truthful, we now have a "values tree" where their photo will be placed. The tree, in the school hall, has colour coded leaves representing our chosen key Christian Values. When a child is spotted by a member of our school community to be demonstrating one of the Values, their photo will go on the appropriate colour leaf in celebration.
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