Saxmundham Primary School is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting these values.
We encourage admissions from all those entitled to education under British law regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status. This statement outlines the key British values we actively promote.
Children are involved in democratic processes such as voting for school councillors to express their opinions and ideas. The School Council itself is led by a member of staff and adheres to the democratic processes, reporting its actions to the rest of the school. We have links to our local Member of Parliament who has come into school to talk to our pupils about the importance of democracy in action in our school.
THE RULE OF LAW
The school has links with the local police who are a regular visible and positive presence with the school and its surrounding area. We also have links with the Local Authority through working alongside professional members of teams who help to support some of our families who are going through challenging situations. We have made connections with members of the local Fire Service as well as Probation, Health and Drugs services. We have a clear positive behaviour management policy which all stakeholders understand and follow. We regularly review behaviour incidents in school and share these with key stakeholders. Assemblies are delivered with reference to rules and laws governing both our school, the local community and the world at large.
Our PSHE curriculum embodies values of mutual respect for one another through units of learning such as Relationships and being a Responsible Citizen. All our staff, including external teaching staff, actively encourage attitudes of equality and fairness in all lessons, raising pupil understanding of the importance of such issues. The recent work carried out through 'Character Matters' in 2019/2020 has seen a focus on developing key personal qualities which our school values deeply.
Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school such as when they are given the opportunity to take on monitoring roles within the classroom which are appropriate to their age and level of maturity. Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Through our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make appropriate choices. The aims, ethos and vision statements are embodied in all that we do at Saxmundham Primary School.