School Mission Statement
Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians, 16:14
Our vision is to be recognised as a happy and caring and compassionate school where everyone has the freedom and inspiration to be the best they can be.
We are committed to ensuring that every pupil is given the opportunity to achieve their potential and meet the high expectations set for them. We encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning and to be fully involved in their learning journey.
The Aims of the School
At Worstead School, our purpose is to develop our children as independent learners, playing their part as responsible members of the wider community. We seek to equip them with academic and social skills based on their individual needs and ensuring that they are well prepared for secondary school.
We are a caring, Christian school community and our values are:
We respect each other, ourselves and the world around us. We encourage reverence of the world God has created. We understand the feelings of others and seek to help by showing compassion and forgiveness.
We are supportive, warm, friendly and caring and show our love and friendship towards others at all times. We are approachable and willing to listen and show that we go the extra mile to help and be of service to others.
We inspire each other by offering hope and encouragement and by setting a good example through our own behaviours. We are creative and innovative and use our special gifts to express original ideas and solve problems.
We are inquisitive, curious and keen to understand. We share our awe and wonder of the world around us.
We are independent learners and people. We show endurance by persevering in all things. We are confident in our own abilities and willing to try new things, as well as being confident in those around us.
We believe children will achieve these aims by experiencing:
British Values and our Curriculum
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on 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.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated again in 2014. At Worstead CEVC Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the rules. We have three student councils which meet regularly to discuss issues raised from classes, relating to their areas of responsibility. These councils are: Eco Council, Looking for Learning Council and School Council, and all are genuinely able to effect change within the school. Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Worstead School. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. There are our class rules, playground rules and e-safety procedures. 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.
At Worstead Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety, Forest School and PSHE (PATHS) lessons.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. We believe that respect for the environment is also of paramount importance and this is promoted through our Forest Schools curriculum and by our Eco Council.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Worstead Primary is a small rural school but we feel that it is critical to actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE (PATHS) 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.