At Warton we try to actively promote fundamental British values throughout all aspects of school life. We are proud of our values led approach and expect our whole school community to model these values and conduct them with pride.
We explicitly teach the British values throughout our curriculum as well as in collective worship and through the teaching of our school Christian values. We actively promote the British Values and embed them through our strong vision for all of our learners.
The Rule of Law
We work hard to ensure that our pupils understand the importance of laws. Through our vision, values and behaviour policy the laws of the school are clearly outlined and embedded within every lesson. Children are also fundamental in constructing these and in their regular review. The laws that govern our country are reinforced throughout the school whether in specific lessons such as PSHE, or when discussing a particular issue that has arisen in class. The Rule of Law is also raised within our assemblies to be presented on a whole school scale. Pupils are taught the reasons behind laws and that they govern and protect us and these are tackled with increasing depth throughout the school. The relevance and importance laws, those that are set to govern our classrooms, the school, or indeed our country are consistently reinforced within school. Our Behaviour Policy teaches boundaries, recognises pupils fulfilling expectation, rewards those who go above and beyond, and supports pupils to improve in an inclusive and restorative manner.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
As a Christian school, we are committed to celebrating different beliefs and faiths and we look to actively link with schools whose faith community is different from our own to engender understanding and respect for both similarities and differences. We encourage our pupils to share their knowledge and experiences of their faith or religion with their peers – enhancing everybody’s understanding. This also extends to parents and family, who we encourage to come and speak to their child’s class if they are happy to. Our RE curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. Using the Understanding Christianity resources together with the Warwickshire SACRE materials enables the children to develop a deep understanding of the Christian faith and to identify both the similarities and differences with other key faith groups.
We actively encourage democracy at Warton, running a successful and popular School Council. Each class has two representatives who are voted into their role and they meet regularly with the Head Teacher to discuss how to improve the school. Democracy is key feature of major school decision making and pupils have also voted, for example, on our school values, which were established in December 2020.
At Warton, pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety in computing. Children take an active role in our risk assessment processes and are empowered to evaluate the risks independently where possible.
Respect is one of our core Christian values and is modelled by pupils and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our Collective Worship, curriculum and learning environments. We foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum for example we teach the concept of ‘fair-play’ in PE and games and learn about bible stories representing respect in RE.
During our weekly celebration assemblies our values are a focus, including pupils demonstrating respect. We encourage our pupils to promote respect at every opportunity and to understand the impact of being disrespectful to their peers, staff and visitors.
As a school, we are also always striving to be as inclusive as we can be to ensure that every family in our community feels welcomed, respected and valued – everyone is welcome here.