How we educate our children defines our own values, beliefs and morals. It defines who we are and what we want to be. Maple Cross JMI and Nursery School is committed to making the difference for all pupils regardless of background, ability or opportunity. To do this, we place a huge focus on developing the universal skills of learning in everything we do: Opportunities to develop learning attributes such as resilience and independence are built into all areas of our engaging thematic curriculum. Clubs and wider opportunities such as the Sailing Club, Brass Band and Karate Club are chosen to further compliment and develop these learning attributes. As children develop these universal learning skills, they are then able to apply them to all areas of their lives.
Our vehicle for promoting these values is our Care and Achieve motto. Throughout their time with us, children learn the importance of caring for themselves and each other as learners; the value of their learning environment and, through this process, achieve. We share this achievement at our assemblies culminating in our Friday Celebration to which parents are warmly invited.
As the headteacher at Maple Cross, I am privileged to work with a dedicated group of skilled professionals on a daily basis. Our committed governors, tireless PTA and an incredibly supportive school community allow us to learn with, and learn from, an inspirational group of young children.
We warmly invite you to come and visit the school during one of our Open Days or on any other convenient occasion. We look forward to working with you to make the difference.
Promoting British Values at Maple Cross JMI and Nursery School
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 Maple Cross these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded throughout the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our elected Student Council and Pupil questionnaires. The Student Council represent the views of their peers at Student Council Meetings and are able to effect change in discussion with the head-teacher. The locally elected leader of the Three Rivers Council is a school governor and has attended School Council meetings to discuss their role in holding the staff and governors to account.
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 rules and 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; and local religious leaders are a 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 safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety 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.
Part of our school ethos and Learning behaviour approach 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. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Our school motto, ‘We care for everyone and achieve our best’ underpins the school’s inclusive, community ethos.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
As a largely white British community, the school recognises the importance in exposing the children to other faiths and beliefs. 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 across the curriculum when looking at other cultures. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school and the school invites representatives from the major religions. We make sure that each year group attends one of the major religion’s place of worship