Ethos & Values
School Mission Statement
Children Come First.
School Vision Statement
To be an outstanding primary school, a beacon of excellence and an inspiration to others.
School Ethos & Values Statement
At Silloth Primary School everyone is equal, respected and valued.
Our school prides itself on openness, honestly and trust and the caring relationships and teamwork that ensure all members of this special family are happy, well supported, believe in themselves and therefore thrive.
We endeavour to make learning fun, ensure every child achieves their true potential and celebrate even the smallest success.
With high expectations, underpinned by clear, inspiring leadership, high quality inclusive teaching and learning and a vibrant, stimulating and safe learning environment, we aim to prepare all our children to be active citizens, making a positive contribution to the community and the wider world.
At Silloth Primary School, we aim:
• To raise aspirations to help hopes and dreams become a reality
• To promote self-worth and self-belief in everyone, developing a ‘can do’ attitude
• To ignite imaginations; excite, energise and enthuse all our children to reach their full potential
• To foster the spirit of openness, honestly, trust, understanding and forgiveness to ensure everyone is happy, safe and valued equally
• To build two-way trusting relationships, developing partnerships with parents and the wider community to promote learning for all
• To create a safe, stimulating and vibrant learning environment that motivates, engages and celebrates success.
Through our aims we hope our children will:
• Be happy, well -educated and develop enquiring minds.
• Develop attitudes, behaviour and responsibilities towards others that reflect the school ethos of care, tolerance and understanding.
• Develop the qualities of sound moral values including decency and honesty.
• Develop sound social skills through experiences in and out of school, including residential experiences.
• Develop a high self-esteem and strive for excellence.
• Be well-rounded citizens.
Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exceptionally strong. Pupils develop a deep understanding of difference and diversity in modern society.
- Election of school councillors
- Building Learning Power in Early Years
- School Council decision making
- Chosen charities
- Choice of extended learning provision opportunities
'British values are promoted exceptionally well. Pupils demonstrate a particularly good understanding of democracy. For example, in a Year 5 lesson pupils took part in a very mature debate about who should have the right to vote in Ancient Greece. The teacher made links to Nelson Mandela and to women gaining the right to vote in England. As a result, pupils are prepared extremely well for life in modern Britain.'
Rule of Law
- School behaviour policy
- School anti-bullying policy
- Games, rules & PE points
- Golden Rules
- Play leaders
- Links with local police (PCSO and PC)
- Assemblies with a focus linked to citizenship
- Pupil acceptable use policy (internet)
'Behaviour, in and around school, is excellent and reflects the school’s effective and consistent strategies. Pupils have developed a ‘Language Charter’. This includes derogatory terms, which will not be used in school. As a result, pupils said that behaviour is good and there is very little name-calling.'
Tolerance of Culture, Faith & others
- Equalities policy
- Accessibility plan
- Local & national global charity work
- Cultural themes & patron saints celebrations
- Festivals (Harvest, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Diwali
- Reflection opportunities in assembly
- SEND focus (dyslexia, ADHD, Autism)
- Visits to places of worship & visitors leading worship
- Traveller Children
'The work that the school does on understanding wider world cultures is exceptional. Through this work, pupils learn not to judge someone by the colour of their skin, their family background or religion or their likes and dislikes. Year 6 pupils demonstrate a good understanding of the African-American civil rights movement. The school is a Stonewall education champion and celebrates different sorts of families.'
(Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning)
- S.R.E (Sex & Relationship Education
& Health Education lessons)
- Anti-bullying week
- E-safety rules and curriculum (AUP)
- RE curriculum
- Global Learning School
- S.U.L.P (Social Use of Language) groups
- Competitive sports
- Young Leaders
(Playground Friends, School Council)
- Parent fund raising group (PTA)
- School Vision
'Pupils develop a strong moral compass. They have an excellent understanding of right and wrong, which they demonstrate through their outstanding behaviour. Their very positive attitudes to learning lead to a focused, calm environment, which in turn has a positive impact on their educational and personal outcomes'.
Personal Responsibility and Liberty
- Understanding school rules and classroom rules
- Pupil monitors (Eco & Play)
- Careers sessions
- Home/school agreements
- 'No Blame Approach' to dealing with bullying behaviour
'Adults give pupils meaningful responsibilities. For example, the school council checks that lights are switched off and that rubbish is recycled in each classroom. Council members then announce the ‘eco winners’ and ‘eco sinners’ in assembly. This is carried out in a fun way, but pupils said that it makes them think carefully about the environment.'
Visit our Curriculum page to see how our Collective Worship Programme supports the teaching of British Values throughout school.