Our Values & Ethos

Our Values & Ethos

Our Vision

  • Children are at the heart of everything we do.
  • We ensure that children, families, staff and governors feel valued and proud of our school.
  • We have high expectations of children and staff.
  • We provide a stimulating learning environment outside the classroom as well as inside.
  • All success is celebrated.

British Values Statement

At Southbroom Infants School we ensure that through our school vision, values, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles. We believe that we have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe.

The Department for Education have stated the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the Fundamental British Values of:

  • democracy,
  • the rule of law,
  • individual liberty and
  • mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

At Southbroom Infants School these British Values are reinforced in the following ways:

Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We value the voice of our children and promote democratic processes such as our school council whose members are voted for by the children. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate, giving opportunities for different points of view. The children help to develop aspects of the school including enhancing the playground, antibullying, e-safety and behaviour.

The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school (Southbroom Way), or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
We have The Southbroom Way displayed in all classes, the hall and playground. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules and laws are broken. We also have visits from the local police community support officers.

Individual Liberty
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, or how they record, or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, or pupil organised and run charity events/competitions, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect
Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Our Behaviour for Learning Policy engenders our basic belief in mutual respect. This is integral in The Southbroom Way.  All staff in school promote and demonstrate respect for others and this is also reflected in the Y2 children being playground buddies to the younger children. Achievement is celebrated across the school through our Friday Celebration assemblies, our website and through school newsletters. We teach the children about respect during PHSE sessions: self-respect, respect for belongings, respect for our environment and respect for each other and our differences.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Southbroom Infants School is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs is promoted in RE as children gain a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices for those religions represented in the UK. Planning for RE is based on the Wiltshire SACRE Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

How do we celebrate British Values
As a whole school, Remembrance Day celebrations are held annually where children purchase poppies and a minute’s silence is held across the school. We also contribute and participate in the Devizes Remembrance parade.
We hold a traditional Harvest Assembly and Christmas concerts and raise money to support worthy causes.

We have celebrated the World Cup and the Olympics. We celebrate and learn about British traditions and those of other cultures and religions.

The Golden Jubilee was a huge event for the school, with a School Picnic event held on the school field.

We take part regularly in a range of community events including the local Carnival.

We strongly believe that our children need to be taught the laws and heritage of Britain and feel a sense of belonging without sacrificing their own identity.
Respect for all and tolerance of all faiths and backgrounds is paramount at Southbroom Infants School.


Southbroom Infants School
The Green
SN10 5AA
Tel: 01380 723184
Email: admin@southbroom-inf.wilts.sch.uk

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