WE ARE ALL PART OF ONE RACE... THE HUMAN RACE
"The pupils themselves are incredibly well behaved both on the transport provided to the AMEX and during the sessions themselves. Pupils are respectful of the equipment and facilities at the Stadium, and are aware of how their behaviour reflects upon their school and act accordingly." Paul Williams, Schools Manager (Albion in the Community)
Photographs by Silverbox Multimedia
At Coombe Road School we provide a safe, encouraging and inclusive environment where our students are given the tools and guidance to reach their full potential academically, emotionally and socially. Everything we do is underpinned by our CORE.
We believe in commitment, opportunity, respect and excellence.
AIMS OF COOMBE ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL
Commitment by all members of the school community to its caring, fun ethos.
By COMMITMENT we mean that everyone:
- shows loyalty to friends, colleagues and the school;
- is willing to support and show care for those who need help;
- is willing to work to the highest level;
- keeps the school rules.
Opportunity within a supportive, nurturing environment for all to fulfil their potential as individuals, lifelong learners and contributors to society.
By OPPORTUNITY we mean that everyone:
- develops confidence and self-esteem through participation;
- volunteers in a variety of school situations;
- considers their own strengths and sets personal goals for improvement;
- pursues individual interests in a manner which broadens horizons.
Respect for others and self, and the building of harmonious relationships within the school and the wider community.
By RESPECT we mean that everyone:
- values all members of the school community;
- displays good manners at all times;
- displays understanding of others with different points of view and beliefs;
- shows respect for the school buildings, facilities and surrounding environment.
Excellence personal achievement and high standards in all areas of school life.
By EXCELLENCE we mean that everyone:
- is proud of personal achievement;
- produces work of the highest quality;
- sets high standards and personal goals for improvement;
- makes best use of talents, time and resources.
PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES
The DfE have reinforced 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.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Coombe Road, these values are reflected throughout our PSHE teaching programme, and reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Each year, the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a School Council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class circle times/discussion. We ensure that funding is available for the School Council to genuinely effect change within the school. School Councillors are voted for by their class (2 in each year group).
We also have a House System made up of four Houses: Brunswick (blue), Palmeira (red), Regency (green), Sussex (yellow). Each House is led by a Captain and Vice Captain who run meeting every Friday morning to discuss how their house have been earning house points throughout the week. Teachers award House Points to children who are demonstrating our CORE (above). House Captains come and speak with us if they feel an individual deserves recognition for following our CORE or other achievements.
Votes are also cast for Eco Representatives and Sports Captains.
Children have surveys throughout the year with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
They also participate in Brighton and Hove's 'Safe and Well School Survey' annually.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind Laws - that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when Laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as our Community Police Officer and the Fire Service help reinforce this message.
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 through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons as well as Assemblies and Circle Times.
We use a Restorative Approach towards behaviour and pupils are given the choice to decide how they will restore a situation when they have not followed our CORE. For example: a child who has had a conflict with a friend over the use of a scooter may choose to apologise to their friend, stay off the scooters for a day to show they are sorry, or do something for their friend to show that they are sorry (such as getting a scooter out for their friend the next day).
Whether it be through choice of behaviour, learning challenge, of how they record their learning, participation in extra-curricular clubs, Golden Time activities, sports activities, making their lunch choice, or other aspects of the school day, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
As part of our CORE, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are encouraged to treat each other with respect.
One of our Year 6 children explains respect:
Respect is when your friend might have a different belief to you. That's OK, they'll still always be my friend, because we all have a right to our own beliefs. My belief might be different but I will respect my friend's belief too because otherwise, we'd all be arguing and wouldn't have friends. The world would be really boring then, wouldn't it?
On a Friday lunch time, children who have been showing respect at this time of the school day are chosen to sit at the Golden Table with the Headteacher/Deputy and enjoy demonstrating their good manners and respect of each other.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Coombe Road celebrates the diversity of our community. 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, PSHE and SMSC teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Coombe Road, all staff are trained on the Prevent Duty and we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
A downloadable Overview Map showing British Values throughout our PSHE teaching programme can be found below: