At West Wimbledon Primary School, we are committed to a set of values, which the Government describes as British Values.
The Department for Education introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote what it described as “British” values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools. The Government had introduced those values in 2011, as part of its PREVENT strategy.
These values, themselves, relate to:
- the rule of law;
- individual liberty;
- mutual respect; and
- tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
West Wimbledon Primary School is totally committed to working closely, productively and in harmony with its communities and celebrating the diversity of the UK. We aim to prepare children for life in modern Britain and to ensure that our school ethos, its curriculum and our approaches to teaching and learning reflect and promote these important values.
However, we also recognise that these values are not exclusive to Britain or being British and that they have come to be accepted throughout the democratic world as the means to underwrite a just and fair society: one in which citizens feel safe, protected, valued and able to contribute to the good, for themselves and of others. It is for this reason, that we refer to these hugely important values, as the “West Wimbledon” values.
To ensure that we meet the high standards, implicit in those values, we work alongside our local community and recognise the variety of religious beliefs (and none) that are practised in our School. We continue to provide children with opportunities, beyond the school, to be involved in local events and meet different members of our local communities to appreciate the valuable contributions they make.
We also take opportunities to:
- acknowledge, celebrate and commemorate national events and anniversaries related to key events in Britain’s past;
- join in with international sporting events and find out more about the countries that host them;
- support several charities that are selected by the children, and arrange fundraising events;
- invite members of the local community to our school events.
Please see below for more details about how each value is embedded in our school.
We have a vibrant school council, which meet monthly with the school council lead and once a year with the school governors, at a Full Governing Body meeting. At the monthly meetings, the school council choose to discuss issues that each of them has brought to the forum.
Every Key Stage 2 school council child isvoted in by their class. Pupils have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at West Wimbledon Primary School. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
This work will be bostered by the adoption by the School, in the Summer of 2018 of the Rights Respecting Schools framework, led by UNICEF, and with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at its heart.
At West Wimbledon Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make appropriate choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a School, we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils so that they are supported to make informed choices, through the safe space and the empowering education we provide.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our Online Safety and PSHE lessons.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community know that it is at the heart of what it means to be part of our community that we must all treat each other with respect.
West Wimbledon Primary School is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes, and the school extends this work through events such as the International Food Festival. The pupils visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. Speakers from a range of faiths are also invited to lead whole school PSHE assemblies.