Our School Vision
At Rowlands Gill Primary School, the importance and love of learning is at our core. We want everyone here to strive purposefully to be the best they can and to have self-belief in their own environment and so we will always provide enriched opportunities to raise their achievements and help them to become strong, independent learners.
Everyone is regarded as having something worthwhile to contribute towards our school community and life, irrespective of their academic, ethnic, religious, physical abilities or social background. We strive to help every individual to see their potential; become the very best they can be and be proud of what they achieve daily.
The children at RGPS can expect to:
- Develop a love for learning.
- Be the best they can be in all areas of the school life: academic, social, emotional, and physical development.
- Make excellent progress in everything they do so that they can grow and develop their full potential.
- To continually celebrate and feel proud of their achievements.
- Feel happy, safe and healthy.
The staff of RGPS aim to:
- Develop enquiring and creative minds.
- Provide a nurturing and friendly ethos where children are respected and valued and where individual needs are recognised and supported.
- Provide high quality, challenging, stimulating and personalised education for all of its pupils.
- Provide a broad, balanced, creative and innovative curriculum, that inspires, challenges and develops love of learning and one which meets individual needs.
- Foster a climate within which pupils’ spiritual and moral development will form that basis by which they will mature into responsible citizens.
- Build a strong sense of community through sharing and living out a set of values, encouraging all involved in the school to be caring, tolerant, honest, hardworking and self-disciplined.
We would like the parents and carers to:
- Ensure that children attend school regularly and on time.
- Become actively involved in their child’s learning, both at home and at school.
Our School Values
In school, each month, we understand and celebrate our school values, both in our assemblies and in our classrooms.
In our Thursday Praise Assemblies the selected children from each class will receive a ‘Learner of the Week’ certificate to celebrate their academic achievements from the previous week or a ‘Value’ Certificate which will reflect how they have shown and understood the current month’s school value.
Each month the children will meet our characters who represent each value and we hope they can reflect on the values these characters are showing them.
Promoting British Values at Rowlands Gill
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 by the Prime Minister this year.
At Rowlands Gill Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council and Pupil questionnaires. The elections of House Captains each term are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards and each class decides their own class rules.
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; Fire Service; etc. are regular parts of our calendar and 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 safety, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms (Rights Respecting Award) and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Tolerance of those of different faiths, beliefs and cultures
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
We have a clear anti-bullying Policy that deals with all types of bullying, including bullying based on faith, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Adhering to the Equality Act 2010, we protect all our pupils from all types of discrimination including racist, homophobic and cyber bullying. We will work to prevent bullying from happening in the first place, as well as tackling it in all its forms when it occurs.
The following aspects have been implemented in Rowlands Gill Primary School;
- To provide training for staff regarding British Values (December 2014).
- To provide an audit showing strengths and areas to develop.
- Review policies regarding safeguarding eg Extremism Policy, Bullying Policy, E- Safety Policy, Behaviour Policy etc.
- To ensure displays/posters are promoting British Values.
- To embed and sustain the teaching of British Values in cross curricular planning throughout the school and promote British Values as a focus in the Autumn term 2015.
Monitoring and Review
The SMT will monitor the above aspects (Guidelines) in ‘Learning Walks’ throughout the year.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. We are currently implementing the Rights Respecting Award (level 1) which is based upon principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of a child at the heart of Rowlands Gill Primary School’s ethos and culture to improve wellbeing and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
RRSA Level 1
Here at Rowlands Gill Primary School we are proud to have achieved the Level 1 UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award in 2014.
This whole school award is an initiative by UNICEF to make children and adults more aware of children’s rights.
To find out more visit www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa
RRSA Level 2
At Rowlands Gill Primary we are working towards our RRSA Level 2 Award. Please click on the link below to view our RRSA Level 2 Audit and Action Plan