Our Values & Ethos
We value the part that everyone plays at Elm Wood as we educate our children for life. Within a happy, safe and caring environment all of our children have the opportunity to become confident communicators, who are able to work independently or supportively with others. We are committed to encouraging everyone to reach their own highest potential within a culture of respect and care.
At Elm Wood Primary School we value the diverse backgrounds of all pupils and families, and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this is a range of curriculum topics, which help prepare children for life in modern Britain.
At Elm Wood these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is important at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil questionnaires/pupil voice. The elections of school councillors are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves earning privileges and being ready to learn: we listen to all views and encourage pupils to do the same, we encourage all our pupils to get involved, express their views peacefully and to help support charities.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well whole-school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us and the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Through our Good to be Green behaviour scheme, children understand that there are consequences for all types of behaviour. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example, through our PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record or of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. We encourage our pupils to: be responsible for their own behaviour, challenge stereotypes and bias, know that we are are an anti-bullying school, promote self-knowledge, self-esteem and self confidence and we model freedom of speech in a peaceful manner.
Part of our school ethos, behaviour policy and anti-bullying policy are based upon core values such as ‘Respect’. Pupils regularly engage in discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
At Elm Wood this is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by the learning in RE and PSHE lessons. In school, learning languages takes a high profile, with all children in school learning French. We also embrace the languages spoken by all the children at our school who have English as an Additional Language.
Through our RE curriculum, children learn about the beliefs of major world faiths including: Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. Pupils at Elm Wood understand and are sensitive to the beliefs, faiths and cultures of people from around the world.