Ethos and Values
At Glenmere we are GREAT! Because we:
Grow Respect Enjoy Achieve Together
Aims for our pupils:
Glenmere Primary School promotes a love for learning and an enjoyment of achievement by working closely with our pupils to:
- Ensure they have an understanding of literacy, numeracy and computing skills
- Achieve high standards in all areas of the curriculum
- Develop enquiring minds through asking questions, analysis and discussion
- Be able to work independently and collaboratively
- Have high self-esteem and respect for themselves, others and the environment
- Experience equal opportunities and success on a regular basis
- Seek to extend themselves in mind, body and spirit
- Develop personal qualities that equip them to become caring, confident and responsible members of our multi-cultural society, with British Values.
We believe that each child will succeed through experiencing quality in:
- An ethos of challenge, support and encouragement to succeed
- A holistic approach to pupils’ development
- A recognition of individuality and differing needs
- Valuing the contributions and achievements of all pupils
- A broad, balanced and challenging curriculum
- A rich, stimulating learning environment with a range of quality resources
- Innovative teaching that is creative and engaging
We demonstrate our commitment to working as a learning community by:
- Creating a safe and secure learning environment
- Ensuring pupils are at the centre of all we seek to achieve
- Striving for a spirit of openness, mutual respect, support and understanding
- Building on the positive and celebrating achievements
- Being aware of our weaknesses and reacting constructively to reduce them
- Actively encouraging a positive partnership between pupils, parents, staff, governors and the wider community.
Examples of how we at Glenmere Primary enhance pupils understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are:
•Through Religious Education and other lessons where we might develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures – in English through fiction and in Art by considering culture from other parts of the world, for example:
•Enjoying a depth of study during Themed Weeks, where sometimes we will celebrate and enjoy learning about the differences in countries and cultures around the word (whilst at other times we might consider groups or individuals who might be vulnerable in some way, such as those with mental health issues)
Sadly, no school can guarantee that there will never be instances which are contrary to this value. At Glenmere Primary, such instances are extremely rare and are treated very seriously.
Something which is clearly not part of any British or European value is extremism. It is important to remember that whilst the threat from so-called Islamic State has been a focus in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act, the Prevent Duty is clear that extremism of all kinds should be tackled too. In England, far right groups such as Britain First and the English Defence League need to be tackled, too. Extremism is not a new topic in education, but schools have a relatively new statutory duty to pay “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.