Aims & Ethos

Aims & Ethos

Vision Statement

Danegrove School is a happy, safe and welcoming community where all are respected, encouraged and supported to reach their full potential and achieve personal excellence and fulfilment in all they do.

We Aspire to:

  • To ensure that we inspire in all pupils, a love of learning

  • To equip all pupils with the self-confidence necessary to constructively influence their own lives and to develop into caring competent adults

  • To ensure that all pupils have an equal opportunity to take part in the life and work of the school

  • To be a place every child remembers with affection

At School We:

  • Place creativity at the heart of teaching and learning

  • Strive to make learning vivid, fun, relevant and real

  • Work to ensure all learners succeed in an environment that is welcoming, secure and stimulating

  • Recognise and celebrate success

  • Aim high and set high standards

  • Plan with thought and creativity

  • Match teaching styles to learning need

  • Have a commitment to equality of opportunity with appropriate support and enrichment

  • Value children as individuals, enabling them to develop a positive self image and respect for others

  • Believe that asking questions is central to learning

  • See our assessment priority as involving children in their own assessment

  • Aim to develop learning skills across the curriculum, inside and outside the classroom

  • Value and celebrate our rich diversity

  • Believe that special events and traditions play an important role in school life

  • See the school as a learning community where everyone works hard and enjoys themselves

We aim to develop pupils who:

  • Gain good basic skills and are valued, respected and celebrated

  • Have a strong moral, cultural, emotional, spiritual and social purpose

  • Develop healthy minds and healthy bodies

  • Are rounded individuals who believe in their own potential

  • Have high standards of behaviour and tolerance by developing respect and responsibility for themselves and their community

  • Will be good citizens of the future who understand the principles of British Values

  • Take an active part in the life and work of the school and have a desire to go on learning throughout life

  • Have self esteem, self confidence, self discipline and responsibility

  • Are excited by their learning and take pride in their learning

Working with Parents:

Parents are welcomed and valued in school.

We like to work closely with them in a spirit of mutual support, encouragement and consultation, and are aware that a child will work more successfully when home and school share the same aims.

The Headteacher and Deputies are available to discuss any issue connected with your child or the school in general. Parents are always welcome to talk to class teachers.

We regard the help of parents in school as invaluable. If you have any time to spare and would like to come in to help in any way, please let your teacher know. Children like to think of their parents being involved in the school.

The Authority recognises that parents may not be able to meet all the costs involved in providing for their children's needs at school.  Parents resident within the Borough, may be entitled to some types of assistance such as free school meals.

This, or any other confidential matter, can always be discussed with the Headteacher.

Working with Parents Safeguarding:

As part of our safeguarding ethos we encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

As part of our safeguarding ethos we encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

We take every opportunity to offer a balanced presentation of opposing views to pupils.

Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind.

Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.

There are a number of behaviours which may indicate a child is at risk of being radicalised or exposed to extreme views. These include;

  • Spending increasing time in the company of other suspected extremists

  • Changing their style of dress or personal appearance to accord with the group

  • Day-to-day behaviour becoming increasingly centred on an extremist ideology, group or cause

  • Loss of interest in other friends and activities not associated with the extremist ideology, group or cause

  • Possession of materials or symbols associated with an extremist cause

  • Attempts to recruit others to the group/cause

  • Communications with others that suggests identification with a group, cause or ideology

  • Using insulting to derogatory names for another group

  • Are excited by their learning and take pride in their learning

  • Physical or verbal assault

  • Provocative behaviour

  • Damage to property

  • Derogatory name calling

  • Possession of prejudice-related materials

  • Prejudice related ridicule or name calling

  • Inappropriate forms of address

  • Refusal to co-operate

  • Attempts to recruit to prejudice-related organisations

It is important for us to be constantly vigilant and remain fully informed about the issues which affect the local area, city and society in which we teach.

Staff are reminded to suspend any ‘professional disbelief’ that instances of radicalisation ‘could not happen here’ and to be ‘professionally inquisitive’ where concerns arise, referring any concerns through the appropriate channels.

Our curriculum is “values based”. It promotes respect, tolerance and diversity amongst others. Children are encouraged to share their views and recognise that they are entitled to have their own different beliefs which should not be used to influence others.

Our PSHE provision is embedded across the curriculum.  We strive to equip our pupils with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance as well as setting high standards and expectations for themselves.

Children are regularly taught about how to stay safe when using the internet and are encouraged to recognise that people are not always who they say they are online.  They are taught to seek adult help if they are upset or concerned about anything they read or see on the internet.

As a community school we are committed to the development of community cohesion.

At Danegrove we promote British Values

Prevent Strategy:

As part of Danegrove’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.

What is the Prevent Strategy?

The Prevent Strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It:

  • Responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views

  • Provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support

  • Works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)

Please click herefor a link to the official government document.

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