LANDSCOVE C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL ETHOS & VALUES

values

  • The school will do its best to provide all children with a safe and secure learning environment. We set high standards and expectations to enable all children to do their best and achieve their full potential.
  • A key feature of this environment is a caring family atmosphere underpinned by our Church of England ethos.
  • At all times we will offer encouragement and support. When needed, forgiveness, reconciliation, help and guidance will be readily given.
  • Within this framework, and through the subjects of the National Curriculum & the Diocesan RE Syllabus, we hope to assist the children in the development of lively, enquiring minds and healthy lifestyles.
  • We want all children to establish a good foundation of knowledge and skills that, not only prepares them for the intellectual challenge presented by secondary school life, but also helps them to develop the social skills and attitudes that are needed in the rapidly changing world.
  • The school admissions policy is designed to allow any child to be included in our school regardless of race, creed, gender or disability. The resulting pupil roll then reflects the diversity of life, a feature that we can all share and celebrate.

In order to achieve these aims we will do our best to: –

  • Prepare the children today for the world tomorrow.
  • Encourage all children to develop to their full potential.
  • Nurture a happy, caring and stimulating atmosphere for learning.
  • Develop self-discipline, motivation and the dispositions necessary for real achievement.
  • Underpin all the above with a positive and supportive Christian ethos.
  • Encourage all children to work within a moral framework that is consistent with our Christian ethos.
  • Our ethos is summed up by our encouragement and modelling of the following six words, shown in the photograph above:

Respect, Responsibility, Perseverance, Forgiveness, Trust, Empathy

This photograph shows our values banner which hangs in our school hall, reminding us of the six core values upon which the spiritual, social, moral and cultural development of our pupils is based. We have developed a framework of 18 values to support and nurture the children in their development at Landscove, these are grounded in the teachings of Jesus Christ, but can also said to be the values of other faiths that have their own stories to tell.

As a school we aim to demonstrate what these values may look like when practised in a community. Parents, teachers, pupils and others can see that courage, hope, peace, forgiveness, trust, compassion etc are indispensable to human flourishing.

We hope to encourage our pupils to act compassionately and wisely as members of a community that holds to particular values and hope that you will encourage and support us in this aim. With this in mind, we have outlined the values we will be focusing on this term, together with a Home School Values resource to enable you to explore each value further through activities designed to stimulate discussion and reflection, we hope you find this useful.

Each fortnight, we focus on a specific value in collective worship. Click on the link for each value for ideas on sharing ideas about it at home, including stories, facts and fun activities.

In the Autumn Term we will cover:

Courage

Respect

Thankfulness

Peace

Friendship

Responsibility

In the Spring Term we will cover:

COMPASSION

CREATIVITY

HOPE

TRUST

Forgiveness

In the Summer term we will cover:

Perseverence

Humility

Wisdom

Generosity

Service

Each Friday we award the Courtesy Cup to a pupil who has demonstrated through their behaviour and actions, that they are living out the values of our school, here is one proud winner!

We meet daily for an act of collective worship, which provides a major opportunity to express the Christian ethos of the school community.Caring relationships, vision and values all play a part in this important daily celebration of all that is of supreme worth to the school community. The fantastic Open the Book team visit us fortnightly to dramatise bible stories for us and twice each half term our year six ambassadors led our Open the Box act of worship.

Here are some photos of the Open Book team in action!

St Matthew’s Church

We are extremely lucky to be right next door to the delightful church of St Matthew’s. This provides us with a lovely setting for some of our Collective Worship as well as festival gatherings, for example Harvest Festival and Carol Service, plus our Landscove School traditions of Mothering Friday, Leavers Assembly and of course our KS1 Nativity and KS2 Christmas production. We are also fortunate to have the excellent Reverend Tom Benson who takes regular Collective Worship at our school and also leads our worship at church celebrations. Using this lovely church also provides opportunities to link with the local community who are invited to join us at our festivals, Christingle Service and Christmas production dress rehearsals!