We actively promote both Christian and British values throughout the school and across all areas of the curriculum. It is our belief that both are intrinsically linked.
Our Christian Vision
Jesus helps us to guide our pupils on their journey through life. Our aim is to develop pupils’ spirituality in a creative and imaginative environment where all learn to value and respect others. We want our school to be filled with happiness and joy and to be a place of calm where all can reach their full potential.
This year we have worked with the children to produce our new Christain Vision statement and to draw up a set of six ‘Star Values’ for the year. All of our acts of worship will be based on these ‘Star Values’ and watch out for our interactive displays around school. This year the children chose the following values as being most important to them: Trust, Love and Friendship, Respect, Compassion, Courage and Forgiveness.
The children told us they wanted a peaceful school where people are always kind to each other and where everyone treats others the way they would like to be treated. They want a school day filled with joy and times for us to be quiet. they feel it is important to look after lonely people and they want everyone to feel included. From this we produced our Christian Vision statement and found a Bible verse that summed up what the children want our school to be:
Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy: then it was said among the nations the Lord has done great things for them. Psalm 126.2
We have further developed both our indoor and outdoor prayer spaces and it is nice to see the children using these as places for reflection and to be still.
How We Promote British Values
At Boltons School we recognise and celebrate the diversity of the country we live in, but we also acknowledge tensions that arise from this. Although we only have a small multi-cultural school population we ensure that pupils are aware of the importance of other cultures and people on our daily lives and we actively promote acceptance of all others and their faiths, lifestyles and beliefs.
As a Church of England School acceptance and respect of others, and their relationships, underpins all we do and in our school we will not accept any intolerance of people of other faiths or beliefs. We encourage all of our pupils to show respect to all others, and to all of the different types of relationships that they may encounter in daily life.
We have decided that we will promote the key British values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs through regular whole school assemblies and also through other curriculum areas such as RE, History and Geography, if appropriate and relevant to the topic at the time; for example, when studying Ancient Greece the children learn about democracy and the unit on Crime and Punishment helps them to understand the rule of law.
Our assemblies are mainly teacher led and, whenever possible, staff use current issues or news items to help explain and promote a specific British value; for example the children learnt about democracy during the Brexit discussions and about democracy and individual liberty during the Suffragette commemorations. The children are given opportunities to reflect on what they have learnt and may continue discussions in class with their class teachers.