Vision

Broken Cross Primary Academy and Nursery is committed to excellence at all levels in order to provide high quality and enjoyable education for every child.  All children will receive the respect, encouragement, support and opportunities needed to be successful, confident members of a modern, ever changing world.

 

Our shared vision underpins all aspects of our work as we strive:

  • To ensure that every member of our school community, children, parents and staff feel supported, valued and appreciated
  • To encourage a love of learning and to prepare children for the next stage of their educational journey
  • To celebrate diversity and multiculturalism and promote tolerance and acceptance of difference
  • To provide a rich and varied curriculum and to excite the interest and imagination of each of our children
  • To recruit, retain and foster inspiring and well-motivated staff
  • To provide a safe, stimulating and well-resourced learning environment for everybody
  • To maximise potential

Values

The values, attributes and qualities we want our children to gain from their experiences at Broken Cross are many and varied but those we regard as most significant include:

  • Motivated
  • Respectful
  • Determined
  • Caring
  • Reciprocal
  • Honest
  • Creative
  • Innovative
  • Resourceful
  • Tolerant
  • Independent
  • Reflective

Statement of British Values

In June 2014, the DfE reinforced the need for “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.”

Broken Cross Primary Academy actively promotes British Values. As defined by the government 2011 Prevent Strategy, these are the values of:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Actively promoting also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. At Broken Cross our values of tolerance and respect permeate all areas of school life.

Democracy

Pupils can develop an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process:

  • Broken Cross has a newly formed school parliament which meets monthly to discuss issues raised. The council are able to make their own decisions on school improvements and is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class.
  • Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
  • All children took part in a ‘mock’ election earlier in the year when the General Election was taking place.

The Rule of Law

Pupils develop an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.

  • The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws – that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws and rules are broken.
  • Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong and visits from the PCSO and Fire Service help to reinforce these messages.

Individual Liberty

  • Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners and encouraged to make choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to the best effect.
  • The school ethos, values, use of Building Learning Power, cooperative learning structures and the curriculum all reinforces children’s understanding of how to be considerate to others and to live in a tolerant and supportive community.
  • The E-safety strand of the computing curriculum enables pupils to make choices in a safe manner, whilst the Religious Education Curriculum encourages pupils to reflect on what they have learnt and what they personally believe about religion.

Mutual Respect

  • Pupils have an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
  • Respect is a fundamental school value, around which pivots much of the work of the school. We pay explicit attention to this as part of our RE, PHSE, and SMSC curriculum.
  • Respect is a school value that is discussed deeply, starting with self-respect and covering respect for family, friends, and other groups; the world and its people; and the environment.

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Pupils develop an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.

  • Pupils understand that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
  • Pupils learn to understand their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum and reinforced where appropriate in other areas of the curriculum.
  • Assemblies and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class.
  • The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths as part of their religious education curriculum.