Our Vision and Values
At St. Edward’s CE Academy, we are determined to create an inclusive culture of learning where all children will be challenged in their thinking whilst still following our church school vision which is -
We will teach wisdom, model and expect respect for all. We will nurture compassion, responsibility, courage and perseverance, equipping our children for life in all its fullness as honest adults in our diverse and ever-changing world. We aspire to work collaboratively with our academy, Multi-Academy Trust, local, national and global communities as by…
Learning and Caring Together ‘…they will flourish in the courts of our God’ (Psalm 92:13)
Our values are highlighted throughout the vision and link closely with British Values that are shared Nationally. They enable our children to become respected citizens who make valuable contributions locally, globally and to our world’s sustainable future.
We have a Pupil Council which consists of two members from each class who are nominated and voted for by their classmates during democracy week. They meet every half term to discuss howwe can improve the social and moral elements of school life, such as whole school rules for behaviour. The areas for discussion are then fed back to the rest of the class where they can all share their views and thoughts. Where decisions need to be made, each class member has a vote to ensure their opinion is heard.
The Rule of Law
Our church school values are clearly highlighted in our vision and reflected in policies and practice. It is shared by all including parents and children. On a daily basis, we say our school prayer which incorporates our values. Teachers discuss our values regularly and link them in to everyday teaching.These are the values that we live by in school to enable us to function well as a community. Our current values are: WISDOM, RESPECT, COURAGE, COMPASSION, PERSEVERENCE, HONESTY, RESPONSIBILITY.
We encourage our children to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment to enable them to do this. Through our PSHE lessons along with our Christian ethos of forgiveness and reconciliation, we discuss the different choices they may make and the consequences of those choices. Children are continually encouraged to make “good choices” by all adults working in school and this theme is revisited throughout PSHE and worship. We encourage responsible independence by developing leadership qualities from an early age – e.g. our Pupil Council, Eco Council and Christian Council and monitors in class. Children in Year 4 are given an additional Ambassador role across the whole school.
The importance of making safe choices when using the Internet is explored regularly through the computing curriculum and shared with the whole school as part of our annual E-Safety/Anti-Bullying Week.
One of our core church school values is RESPECT. The class advocate for this value is the Robins class, however, we expect it to be demonstrated by all. We are an inclusive church school, where everyone is valued and has a contribution to make. Children learn that their behaviours influence their own rights and those of others. All people deserve respect because they are people in our community. To ensure this respect takes place in and out of the classroom, we train all colleagues, to demonstrate and promote our Christian ethos of forgiveness and reconciliation which aims to restore our values in times of conflict or relationship break-down. We also have Year 4 Playground Ambassadors and Dinner Time Supervisor Play Leaders who ensure that the children demonstrate respect for each other.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
As stated above, we live by our values in school. If we do this, then all faiths and beliefs will be explored, accepted and valued sensitively and appropriately by all. This is done through worship, RE, our church representatives and other visitors to the academy. Children within our academy with different faiths are encouraged to share their practices and special celebrations. Parents are invited to share celebrations with us, including taking part in our Celebration Assembly.