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Ethos and Values

Children enter Oak CE Primary School eager to make sense of the world. The school provides a stimulating, challenging and secure environment where children can reach their potential, learn to value themselves and relate to others with consideration.

Our principal aim is to provide each child with high quality learning experiences in every area of the curriculum and school life. 

We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is well matched to each child's differing needs and abilities to promote spiritual, moral, emotional, cultural, intellectual and physical development

Our school places emphasis on hard work, achievement and on well-merited praise. We aim to create a secure, friendly atmosphere that rejoices in success but where it is safe to make mistakes and push beyond a natural comfort zone.

The pastoral and spiritual care of our children is characterised by fairness, respect and understanding of the needs of the individual using the Thrive approach and developing a sense of PLACE (Playful, Loving, Accepting, Curious and Empathetic) throughout school as modelled by all staff in how they develop and build relationships with all members of the school family.

Our school provides religious experiences based on Christian beliefs whilst including elements which reflect the backgrounds of all our children, supported through the educational partnership between staff, governors, parents, the Church and community.

We recognise that children and adults who respect themselves are more able to respect the rights and needs of those from other cultures, other genders and those with disabilities. We aim to encourage these positive attitudes which are central to the school's philosophy.

Every opportunity is given to staff, children, parents, governors and all stakeholders to make a commitment to the Oak CE Primary School family and to work and live by our Vision, Ethos and Values. 

British Values

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 (2014). At Oak CE Primary these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways directly and through daily experiences and interactions with staff, parents and pupils and through as many aspects of the curriculum as possible.


At the beginning of the school year all classes in school decide on a set of class rules. These are displayed in all classrooms and are regularly referred to throughout the school year. 

Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class circle time. Each year the children nominate and vote for pupils to represent them on the council. 

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reason behind the laws that govern and protect us, the responsibility that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Individual Liberty

Within school pupils are actively encouraged to make choices knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make safe choices through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms for example through PSHE and e-safety lessons.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of all our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own right and the rights of others. All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect. Staff are expected to be good role models at all times.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

We are extremely lucky at Oak CE Primary in that the school community has a wide range of diversity, which we celebrate in many different ways.  Collective worship and the curriculum are planned to address this issue directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our religious school designation, RE and PSHE teaching reinforces this. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.  Another key way that we show tolerance of others is reflected in how the children work and play positively with each other.

At Oak CE Primary we will actively challenge pupils, parents or staff expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including extremist views.

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