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Newlands Spring Primary and Nursery School

Aims and Values

At Newlands Spring Primary and Nursery School, we aim:

  • to provide a happy, safe and caring school
  • to develop and realise the full potential of all within the school, academically, personally and socially, both as individuals and as members of our community
  • to provide a broad and balanced academic, physical and creative education through which the highest standards for each individual are achieved
  • to equip each individual with appropriate learning and thinking skills and nurture their developing independence
  • to develop the self-esteem and self-confidence of all individuals within the school community
  • to maintain a stimulating environment that provides the appropriate challenge for individuals where the skills and attributes of staff are most effectively deployed
  • to develop social awareness and concern for others, promote citizenship and equip children with the life skills they need through links with the wider community
  • to develop a collaborative community where positive attitudes, relationships and role-models as well as mutual support and respect are valued, and high standards of behaviour are expected
  • to develop a community spirit and promote a common ethos based on Christian values
  • to develop a sense of reverence, appreciation, responsibility, awe and wonder about our world.

Promoting British Values at Newlands Spring Primary and Nursery School

The DfE have recently 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 have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Newlands Spring Primary and Nursery School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Class Councils, School Council and Pupil Perception Interviews. The elections of House Captains are based solely on pupil votes.

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 the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

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 our 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.

Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around The 6Cs which are cooperation, consideration, courtesy, caring, calm and conscientious have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Our ethos promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.

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