School Vision, Ethos and Values
Every child in our school is unique and our vision in 'shaping lives and building futures to be the best we can be', is driven by research, knowledge and an understanding of individual needs. We pride ourselves on our strong inclusive ethos and rich cultural diversity which celebrates each child’s uniqueness and individuality. It is our belief that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, with opportunities to develop as self-learners, critical thinkers and to become independently minded. We recognise the importance of building from firm foundations to ensure learners are using their knowledge, skills and abilities to be ambitious about what they can achieve. At the core of our work, is high quality teaching; where each staff member is recognised as a leader of learning delivering a curriculum that is accessible to all. Each aspect of the curriculum focuses on quality teaching and child centred learning to encourage our children from an early age to become independent, achieve well and make good progress. We believe every child should be given the opportunity to succeed, to be the best they can be and to have a positive impact on the community now and in the future. We believe that the links we have with parents, governors and the local community are essential to achieve the aspirational goals we have for our children.
We pride ourselves that Balby Central is a friendly, welcoming school with an environment that stimulates the mind, celebrates learning and which supports rich learning experiences. A team ethos is important to our values from the moment that we greet our school community on the school gate each morning to our celebration of learning and achievements at the end of each day. We enable children to recognise and manage their feelings, with strategies, approaches and techniques used so they are ready to learn and access the curriculum. We teach children that good manners are an important part in respecting others, as are our actions and words. We have high expectations of learning and behaviour as we encourage all children ‘to be the best they can be’ ensuring they are ready for the world ahead and the changes that they will face as they grow and learn. Our vision is embedded in building confidence, self-esteem and a thirst to increase knowledge, where children can be proud of themselves and the informed choices they learn to make.
We are are committed to providing opportunities for children to explore their own culture and to have a clear understanding and appreciation of cultural influences that have shaped modern Britain today. Our core belief is underpinned by ‘Respect’ – respect for ourselves, respect for each other, respect for the environment and to understand how we show respect and tolerance for different faiths, beliefs and systems. We are a school for all.
- Children have opportunity to have their voices heard with our Pupil Voice Towers, School Parliament, Head Boy and Girl all focused on democratic processes and influence decisions made in the school.
- Our PSHE curriculum is based around questions and challenges children to make decisions and vote through class discussions.
- Year 6 Residential to London incorporates a tour of The Houses of Parliament.
- Regular assemblies focus on News of the Week and give children opportunity to understand democracy and laws in Great Britain.
- Assemblies focus on the importance of democracy with suffrogrates, Magna Carta and how democracy has changed and developed.
The Rule of Law
- Children follow a clear PSHE programme which includes Crucial Crew programme, links with our PCSO.
- Our Behaviour Policy focuses on children making decisions for themselves and understanding why respect is at the core of our beliefs which stakeholders follow and understand.
- Assemblies focus on the law through Safety Awareness, visitors to the school e.g police and fire services, an understanding of how law originated.
- Children are taught sessions which focus on the expectations of citizens in society and how the law is to protect us.
- School aims and ethos are simple and embedded.
- Children have many key roles and responsibilities which include Mini Pulse Leaders, Librarians, Office Angels, Personal Assistants, Lunch Team and Friendship Buddies.
- Children are actively encouraged to make choices and take responsibility for themselves in a safe and supportive environment.
- Our curriculum clubs provide children with the freedom to make choices with information to access in their local community.
Acceptance of Different Beliefs and Faiths
- Religious Education is taught through a broad and balanced curriculum focused on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
- We celebrate different nationalities in our school using different resources to promote learning in culturally diverse society.
- Our Behaviour Policy and PSHE curriculum is focused on respect for all.
- Sports Activities promote fairness and equalities.
- Our Pitch Friday assembly focuses on pride and values what we have achieved across the school with others and in our newsletters.