SCHOOL VISION, AIMS & ETHOS
Whoberley Hall has a nurturing and caring ethos with ‘Unlocking the Magic of Learning’ at it’s heart. We believe in personalising learning through investigation and exploration, making school days fun and enjoyable for all stakeholders.
Everyone at Whoberley is treated equally and it is our aim to bring out the full potential and talent in every child and adult and encourage them to take an active role in the life of the school.
We support all to achieve their best. We encourage everyone to have their moment to shine, discover and develop their own unique talents.
At Whoberley Hall we leave with our understanding deepened, our minds enriched and our hearts inspired so we love learning and embrace the challenges of the future.
BRITISH VALUES STATEMENT
The British Values agenda is, and always has been, embedded within the heart of Whoberley’s ethos. The four areas (Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect) are addressed within our everyday practice, for example the school council voting process (democracy), the use of the buddy bench at playtime (Individual liberty) and the Golden Rules (Rule of Law). It is an intrinsic part of what makes Whoberley a family based community and the children play their part in ensuring this through a proactive school council.
To ensure that all aspects are also covered in depth, British Values are entwined within the PSHE curriculum (this can be found under the policies section of the website).
Below, you will find a document that reflects how the British Values agenda is embedded intrinsically within our school ethos and practice
Promoting British Values at Whoberley Hall
· School council – elected by the children
· Head Boy / Girl – children have to write a persuasive letter to staff giving arguments as to why they would be the best candidate
· Monitor roles fairly shared within class
· Learning about democratic rule in history: French /English Revolution
· Student voice – children included as part of the whole school monitoring process to include their feedback/ideas
· Services invited in: Fire service, police, ambulance service etc.
Rule of Law
· Home school contract: school/parent/pupil
· Five Golden Rules embedded throughout the school
· Golden Broom Award (initiated by School Council)
· Good to be Green system used throughout most of school (not EYFS)
· Use of behaviour charts – children encouraged to devise own sanctions and rewards to work towards
· Upper Phase visit Magistrates and have visits from JPs
· Awards assemblies
· Children encouraged to resolve conflict through discussion and mediation
· Use of ‘Buddy Bench’ at playtime
· Anti-Bullying Week – use of parent workshops, questionnaires
· Range of after school clubs
· Menu selection of school dinners
· Reward trips after SATs (Year 6)
· Visit to Plas Dol-y-Moch (Year 6)
· Leavers Prom for Year 6
· Appreciating a different country: trip to France for years 5 and 6
· Curriculum that invites children to share personal/differing opinions and to value own and those of others
Mutual Respect/Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
· Celebration of Black History Month
· Trips to places of worship as part of RE syllabus
· RE syllabus includes understanding of the six main faiths
· PSHE curriculum is based upon teaching respect for others, regardless of faith/belief
· Assembly themes based on key values of: tolerance, respect, friendship, liberty and diversity.
· Dress code in school ‘Look smart, think smart’
· Respect for the celebration of differing faiths eg. children having time off for Eid
· Regular fundraising for a variety of charities throughout the school year : organised by school council
· Parental involvement – learning journals, rhyme time, celebrations, website, twitter, newsletters