Values and Ethos

Our values are at the very core of who we are and how we behave.  At The Holme our values are evident in our displays, in our celebrations, in our learning and in our collective worship.  We link values to stories, to current events and to our relationships with each other and our environment.  

Children have lots of opportunities to put our values into action, by taking on responsibilities across the school, working with learning partners or intuitively at playtime in their games.  Staff, too, live by our values and are role models for the children — making sure values are explicitly referred to in our policies and that we follow these principles in our relationships with each other and how we work together.  

Our pupils are encouraged to show respect and courtesy towards others.  R time lessons on Monday mornings are a chance to learn how to treat each other with good manners and respect.  Each week children learn with a new partner, giving them opportunities to relate to each other, even with those they might never naturally choose to work with (an essential skill for life).

The government expects schools to actively promote British Values and preparation for life in modern Britain.  It has set out its definition of British Values in the 2015 Prevent Strategy - values of:

mutual respect and tolerance between those of different faiths and beliefs

democracy

the rule of law 

individual liberty

This definition remains the same in the new Ofsted standards. As well as an expectation on schools to embed fundamental British Values, schools must challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values.   

As a Church of England school we seek to promote Christian Values, such as faith, humility, hope and stewardship.  

Learning Values are at the heart of our learning; supporting our children to approach their work with confidence, resilience, reflection and determination.  

This year we changed our approach to our school values.  Having worked closely with Dr Neil and Jane Hawkes to bring Values-based Education into our curriculum more formally and working with a system of 22 agreed values, we now feel the children understand the idea of values well and have an increasingly sound vocabulary to talk about them.  Therefore, the school community chose three school values that we feel best represent who we are.  They fit well within both the Church of England and the Good Shepherd Trust values and are:

Courage, Wisedom and Love

Find out more about:

R time -  http://www.rtime.info/uk/index.php 

The Good Shepherd Trust vision - https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/education/the-good-shepherd-trust/vision

The Church of England vision for education - https://www.churchofengland.org/more/education-and-schools/vision-education