Our Mission Statement
Blakeley Heath Primary School is the gateway to lifelong learning where children acquire the skills and knowledge to succeed in the next stages of their journey through education and their everyday life.
At Blakeley Heath our aims are for all members of our school community to:
- Experience a wide range of opportunities in a safe, stimulating and happy environment
- Develop a love of learning; enabling everyone to maximise their potential and become independent learners
- Feel valued as individuals and to value each other, our environment, the wider community and the ever changing world we live in
- Nurture individual needs and abilities while encouraging a team ethos to challenge and support each other
Skills and Values
To fulfil the school’s aims, there are key skills and values that are promoted and encouraged throughout the school curriculum.
- Self esteem
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 have been reiterated this year (2015). At Blakeley these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
At Blakeley Heath we teach the children about the importance of democracy from an early age. Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. Two council members for each class are voted in by their class.
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 as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind 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.
Within 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 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 advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
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.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Blakeley Heath is situated near to Wolverhampton and Dudley which are culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this.
At Blakeley we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.