Vision & Values
Houghton Conquest Lower School and Preschool seeks to create a safe, happy and healthy learning environment. We believe that every member of our community is a lifelong learner. We will develop a values-based education in close partnership with all the staff, parents, governors and the wider community.
Together we can foster the hopes and dreams of our learning community. We believe that all learners have a right to be challenged and motivated to enable them to achieve their potential academically, personally, socially and emotionally.
As an inclusive learning community we believe that every child matters and it is our duty to prepare our children for the challenges of the 21st Century. Providing high quality learning experiences is the foundation of our school. We believe in excellence for all and strive to deliver a wide range of experiences which enable the children to grow in confidence and strive to become successful members of our community. We believe that Teaching and Learning is a process of co-operative teamwork and welcome and encourage the involvement of parents and others in the community.
‘The Houghton Way’
Being part of the Houghton family means we ALL work together to create an inclusive environment where everyone is happy, enjoys learning and achieves their full potential.
We aim to do this by:
- Providing a school community built on the foundations of our Values, within which the children feel safe, welcome, included, challenged and nurtured and where they can grow personally, academically, socially and spiritually.
- Maintaining a school in which mutual respect and relationships are rooted in treating others as we would wish to be treated ourselves.
- Providing a relevant, creative, exciting and challenging curriculum to support all learners to achieve their full potential and to be prepared for their future.
- Being dedicated to continuous improvement, challenging ourselves, celebrating our successes.
- Promoting spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding through appropriate curricular opportunities with particular reference to equality and diversity.
- Providing an inclusive education for all, enabling each child to learn and develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive.
- Ensuring that success and difference is celebrated.
- Encourage and develop links between the schools, home, our local, national and global community.
- Ensure that children become lifelong learners and responsible citizens, with the understanding that effort leads to improvement and ultimately the feeling of success.
Our shared values underpin everything that we do here at Houghton Conquest. They help us to form our attitudes, guide our choices and influence our behaviours. At Houghton, we have 5 core values that support our behaviours on a daily basis. Throughout the year, on a monthly basis we celebrate 11different values as a whole school community to focus on exploring what it means and how we can use this to positively influence our everyday lives.
British Values are at the core of our staff and pupil development and tie in closely with our values-based curriculum. This promotes our vision of ‘Growing together’.
We are committed to developing and promoting the British Values. We believe that the British Values play a role in children’s upbringing and development, by guiding behaviour and promoting good citizenship so that all children achieve their full potential, as well as developing a full understanding of their role within their community. Our assembly programme and wider curricular teaching are key ways in which we develop our key values, including British values with our children, meaning that our children leave the school at the end of Year 4 as well-rounded young people who are ready to take the next step into their Education and into Society.
The five British Values as set out in the 2011 Government’s Prevent Strategy are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
- All pupils participate in class led Pow Wows about academic learning as well as thoughts and ideas on school community improvements
- Daily school assemblies allow additional opportunities to share thoughts and emotions.
- Opportunities to have their voices heard on their village and the wider community via PSHE lessons and class discussions.
|The Rule of Law
||Our Golden Rules
- We are respectful and polite
- We are gentle
- We are kind and helpful
- We listen to everyone
- We are always honest
- We always work hard
- We look after property
Rewards for following our Golden Rules are Team Points and Golden Tickets
- Freedom to be safe, secure and supported in a stimulating environment.
- Encouraged to know rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms.
- Opportunity to participate at various clubs and activities and choose according to personal interests.
- Children have the chance to share their feelings and opinions in a safe way.
- Respect for others.
- Respect oneself.
- Children are always able to have their opinions heard, we foster a respectful environment where they are safe to agree and disagree with each other.
- Celebrate other children’s successes and achievements in class and in celebration assembly
|Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
- Understanding of their place in our culturally diverse British society.
- RE curriculum introduces a range of religions and beliefs supporting pupils to discuss and recognise different beliefs and faiths.
- Stereotypes are challenged effectively.
- Visitors coming into school from different faith backgrounds sharing their faith and celebratory festivals.