Values and Ethos

Our Values and Ethos

Our mission is to inspire learning and develop children’s potential as individuals in a  caring, happy and distinctively Christian  family.

We work to our Mission Statement as seen above and our Educational Aims and Objectives stated below.

Egton is a small, distinctively Christian, family based school. We learn and grow together.  Our key values are FRIENDSHIP, RESPECT and TRUST and these underpin everything we strive for in our school.  We live these core values out through our excellent relationships with our children, parents, governors, staff, communities and churches.

Our aims reflect the Christian values upheld by our staff and governors.

We aim to:

  • provide a high quality education in a happy, Christian learning environment where everyone is respected
  • encourage and nurture children as confident individuals to develop and sustain their full potential for a successful future life
  • provide our children with the knowledge and understanding to live a healthy, happy and safe lifestyle
  • stimulate learning through enquiry, creativity, fun and enjoyment
  • foster a greater understanding and respect for others of any culture, religion or group
  • enable children to develop self-esteem, independence,  confidence, spirituality and motivation through promoting our values of friendship, trust and respect.
  • encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faiths
  • promote Christian values through the learning experiences offered to our children

Quotes from our SIAMS Inspection (June 2015) 

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Egton as a Church of England school are outstanding

Within this school’s strong, inclusive and nurturing Christian ethos, children grow in confidence and their love of learning together.

British Values

Our school reflects British Values in all we do.  Our School Christian Values link well to British Values.

  • Democracy – Justice / Trust / Hope
  • The Rule of Law -Koinonia (Fellowship) / Service
  • Individual Liberty – Peace / Humility / Endurance
  • Tolerance & Respect – Compassion / Forgiveness / Friendship / Thankfulness / Wisdom / Reverence

Schools have been asked to explain how they promote British values. So what are ‘British values? There are certain values that have been attributed to being British, by the government and some institutions, and these fall into the broad areas shown above. Our curriculum and wider opportunities are planned to ensure that every child in our school flourishes.  We ensure that there are many opportunities for our Christian Values and British Values to be at the heart of everything we do.

How do we specifically promote ‘British Values’ at Egton CE VA Primary School?
At Egton CE VA Primary School we live out British and Christian Values daily in our school life and seek to expand these values into the wider lives of our children and families by the way in which we interact with one another, through our policies and practice and the way which we promote good behaviour and positive learning. 
This is evident throughout Collective Worship, Religious Education and our curricular and enrichment activities. We enable visits and visitors to school to enhance experiences and develop deeper knowledge and understanding.

Democracy
We provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services by discussing these whenever appropriate in curriculum work.  We teach pupils how they can influence decision making through the democratic process and we encourage pupils to become involved in decision making processes linked to the local and national elections and topical issues and ensure they are listened to in school through regular pupil consultation and family discussions. We help pupils to express their views through curriculum and enrichment opportunities. 


The Rule of Law
We have a school code of conduct, rooted in our values of Friendship, Respect and Trust, which is shared with all members of our school community and visitors.  This is reviewed with the children annually.  We help pupils to distinguish right from wrong during everyday interactions and Collective Worship and we focus on fairness and justice to resolve any conflict as part of sanctions and our approach to behaviour.  We help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals including the vulnerable in society. We include visits from the Police, Community Police Officers, the Fire Service, Childline and other agencies in our curriculum and community safety work.

Individual Liberty
We support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence through every aspect of teaching and learning in school. Pupils take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their wider rights and responsibilities. We implement a strong anti-bullying culture through our family ethos and actively challenge stereotypes.

Respect and Tolerance
We promote respect for individual differences and help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.  We challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. We organise visits to diverse places of worship and study 5 other world religions in addition to Christianity.
We develop critical personal thinking skills throughout our curricular work. This includes discussion at an appropriate level on the differences between people, including; faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality, and different family situations.

Our work with the Archbishop of York Youth Trust enhances our work on Christian and British Values.  Our older children complete the Archie B leadership awards in Y5/6 working on distinct projects in our local community as well as learning about diverse communities and leaders.