Values and Ethos

Our Vision

Our vision is for learning for life at Surrey Street, where the social, emotional, spiritual, physical and learning needs of every member of the school community are met.

Values and Ethos

We at Surrey Street Primary School believe that education is a lifelong process with school playing a vital part in that process. During their early years we are preparing our children for their future role in an ever changing society. We lay firm foundations so that they may be able to grow to their maximum potential. We allow them to become adaptable, be able to solve problems, acquire skills, form concepts and develop positive attitudes towards themselves and others.

In order that our children develop the essential skills, concepts and attitudes, we attempt to provide them with first hand experiences as relevant to each individual child as we can, thus allowing him/ her to derive from them as much as is physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually possible.

We attempt to provide the children in our care with the essential learning experiences which will enable them not only to make progress in each subject area but also to express themselves with fluency, numeracy, clarity and confidence. We encourage the children to develop a positive attitude towards themselves and others and to adopt a socially acceptable pattern of behaviour. We will also help pupils to understand the diverse nature of their local and wider communities. We support pupils to develop respect for different religions, beliefs and ways of life and to develop an attitude which is opposed to discrimination against any person or group.

British Values

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At Surrey Street Primary School, we promote 'British Values' through our spirital, moral, social and cultural education which permeates the school's curriculum and supports the development of the 'whole child'. These values and attitudes are promoted by all staff, who provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.

Everyone has values that they believe in and choose to live their life by. In Great Britain, we share lots of values that make our nation a great place.

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Democracy

Democracy

In this country, we have democratic rights to allow everyone to have their voice heard and to share their opinions on important matters. Democracy means that we all have a chance to vote for a Prime Minister and Government, and that we can express our views on how the country runs. Democracy is the fairest way to make sure everyone is included.

At Surrey Street Primary School, we ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ and can share in the democratic process. Children are involved annually in voting for their house captains and termly in voting for their class captains. All children are involved in class meetings where they discuss things that are important to them.  Outcomes from these meetings feed into house meetings, which are part of our school’s democratic decision-making process.

The Rule of Law

The Rule of Law

We all live by and respect the same laws. These keep us safe and are rules for everyone to make our world fair.

At Surrey Street Primary School, children learn about ways of behaviour which are acceptable to the school and the wider community. Children are helped to manage their behaviour and to take responsibility for their actions. Through consistent application of our behaviour policy, children are provided with an environment which helps them to feel safe and secure; this in turn promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.

Individual Liberty

Individual Liberty

We all have the right to be free people and make our own choices about our lives. Any choices we do make should be thought through carefully and we should consider the effect they might have on other people. Individual Liberty is something that makes our country special and great.

At Surrey Street Primary, the children are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by helping every child to become as independent as possible and to take responsibility for their own learning. Some children take on particular roles, such as house captains, class captains, sports team captains, playleaders or class monitors. They learn that with the rights given to them to perform their roles, there also comes a level of responsibility.

Through extra-curricular clubs and activities, children are also give more freedom to make choices. 

Mutual Respect

Mutual Respect

Everyone should learn to value the people around them and to appreciate that everyone is different.

At Surrey Street Primary School, everyone is encouraged to support each other and to show each other respect, regardless of ability, gender, heritage or race. One of our school rules, which is embedded in our behaviour policy is ‘to show good manners at all times’.

We also show respect to those in the wider community through our regular charity fundraising.

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Surrey Street Primary School serves a multi-faith community in which everyone is respected and our similarities and differences are celebrated. We enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs through R.E., P.S.H.E., assemblies, visitors and external visits. Children are encouraged to share with each other the important of their faith and beliefs to them.