As a school community, we believe that the ethos of the school should be built on a foundation of carefully thought out values.
The ethos values will help us sustain an ethos which supports pupils as reflective learners and promote quality teaching and learning.
We hope that our ‘TREE’ values will help children understand that there are some central beliefs that people hold.
T - Trust
R - Respect
E – Enthusiasm
E – Engagement
We strive to build trust in our relationships and encourage openness, integrity and loyalty. We will act with understanding and empathy. We believe in caring, supporting and appreciating others and promote fairness in our community. We will act responsibly, and reliably, knowing that we depend on one another.
We encourage everyone to show respect for people and property, and act responsibly for ourselves and towards others. We respect the rights of individuals and believe everyone is entitled to equality of opportunity. We are a ‘Rights-Respecting School’. The vision and beliefs are based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This sets out the basic rights of each child. The full text is at www.unicef.com.
We believe in promoting and providing a positive and stimulating environment for our learners; an environment that promotes excitement and enthusiasm for life long learning, and positively encourages our children to participate in all aspects of school life.
We encourage participation and involvement in the life and work of our school. We are committed to working together and believe everyone has an important part to play. We believe being engaged with our school and its community promotes responsibility.
We also have five learning skills which are taught through our integrated curriculum.
The five skills are:
The Governors’ Award
Last year, the Governing Body introduced a new award for Burghclere Primary School.
The Governors’ Award is open to all pupils at the school, in any class and is awarded towards the end of the academic year to the pupil whose behaviour and values throughout the year have been exemplary and who best capture the ethos values of our school (Trust, Respect, Enthusiasm, Engagement). It is not awarded for academic excellence.
We make the process of identifying the winner as fair and objective as possible. In the summer term, the class teachers anonymously nominate three or four candidates with a paragraph that encapsulates why the pupil should be considered, giving specific examples to support their nominations.
The Governors of the school meet and carefully consider the nominations and vote for their preferred candidate. Staff Governors do not vote. The pupil with the majority vote is the winner.
It is very exciting for the Governors and children alike as we have no knowledge of who we choose until the process is complete!
The pupil selected is informed at an assembly in front of all their peers and given the prestigious trophy and prize from a number of the Governors. Their picture then adorns the entrance hall for the following academic year. The winner of our second annual award last year was Beatrix Hennessey. Beatrix is thoroughly committed to her learning, has grown in independence, makes valued contributions in class and is always kind to others - admirable qualities.