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Aims & Ethos

Education is a partnership between home and school, and we place a great deal of emphasis on our partnership with parents. We believe that children learn best when home and school work together for their benefit. When your child starts school, it is not where your job ends and ours begins, it is where our job begins and yours continues! Children coming into the school bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding about the world around them. It is our aim to build on these skills and promote a willingness and enthusiasm to learn more.

  • Challenge - We aim to build successful learners through high expectations of learning and behaviour to allow all pupils opportunities to fulfil their full potential, make good progress and learn lifelong skills.
  • Creativity - Is a strong focus ensuring that school is fun! The school will be a bright, attractive and stimulating place to learn.
  • Community - We value parents, governors and friends of Purwell as our partners in education and will involve them, and the wider community, in the life of the school. We will enable all learners to become responsible citizens who will make a positive contribution to society and build economic well-being.
  • Caring - Children will be happy and secure, and their achievement will be celebrated and valued by all. They will learn to respect and be responsible for their environment.
  • Consistency - The school will grow and change, but we will remain true to our vision.
  • Communication - We realise the importance of efficient, effective communication. Everyone must feel that they have opportunities for consultation and be kept informed.
  • Confidence - To build independent and confident learners who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives; equipping them for future challenges.

Promoting British Values at Purwell School

The DfE has 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. 

Throughout school life at Purwell School, we reinforce these values in the way the children learn and the way they behave around the school. 

Democracy is a fundamental part of school life. Pupils have the opportunity to vote for whom they wish to represent them on the School Council. Elections for School Council representatives are carried out with a secret ballot. Older children are given the opportunity to put forward their views and present themselves as candidates. Pupils are encouraged to put forward ideas at weekly Pupil Voice sessions. Pupil Voice is enabled through these sessions, pupil interviews and pupil questionnaires. Within the classroom, pupils are encouraged to voice and share their opinions, as well as to listen to and respect the opinions of others.

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 the school day. Children are fully involved in the creation of class rules, and our Year 6 Playleaders and peer mediators have an important role in the smooth running of lunchtimes on  the Key Stage 1 playground. This takes place through their monitor jobs, which not only give them a sense of responsibility, but also help them to understand the Rule of Law. 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 by the police and the fire brigade also 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 the provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise, how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE/SEAL lessons. (PSHE – Personal, Social and Health Education/SEAL – Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning). Whether it be through choice of challenge or participation in extra-curricular activities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect:
Respect for each other is an essential part of our ethos at Purwell School. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies relating to what this means and how it is shown. Pupils are constantly reminded about showing respect to pupils and adults, whoever they are, around the school. This is carried right through to lessons where they are taught to respect the opinions of classmates during talk partner and group work discussions, and when sharing their work with each other.