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Heston Primary School Vision and Values


where learning is a preparation for life

Our Vision

Our vision is for Heston Primary School students to be:

  • Aspirational learners, who achieve success in their learning through their curiosity, concentration, collaboration, resiliency and enjoyment of an enthralling and well-crafted curriculum
  • Independent, confident citizens who have a sense of ‘belonging and being’ (an appreciation of how they connect to the past, live in the present and look to the future), a sense of self-worth and are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and make a positive contribution to society
  • Empathetic, responsible individuals who are kind, thoughtful and caring towards others and form respectful relationships that enrich their lives

Our Values

At Heston Primary School we are keenly aware of our responsibility to represent and advocate the kind of society we hope to create for future generations. We believe that Heston students can make powerful, positive contributions towards shaping society, as well as being happy, fulfilled members of society. It is our duty to instil a deep passion of the core values that will enable them to do so, that has been nurtured through understanding and positive experience.

 

As a school, we have a clear understanding of what we want our students to achieve, both on an individual basis, and as collective members of a diverse society. Our values have been guided by our commitment to nurturing the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, physical and mental development, and therefore the wellbeing, of each individual within our school community. Our values also reflect our determination to provide our students with the tools to contribute towards a society that prioritises equality of opportunity for all, a healthy and just democracy, a productive economy, and sustainable development.

 

Our core values represent our understanding of what constitutes quality of life and fulfilment for all, as part of a thriving, developing society. At the heart of our philosophy is the vital importance of developing social capital in order to sustain emotional health and wellbeing. This is achieved by valuing ourselves, our families and other relationships, the wider groups to which we belong, the diversity in our society and the environment in which we live. We also understand that individual quality of life is impacted by societal factors. As such, we are dedicated to establishing a sense of duty as well as a commitment to truth, justice, honesty and trust in Heston students. Finally, we are passionate about ensuring that Heston students are prepared to engage with the opportunities and challenges that they will face within an environment of rapid economic, social and cultural change.

 

We have identified three core values that embody the scope of our philosophy.

 

Empathy

Aspiration

Responsibility

 

Each of our three core values has a pathway that demonstrates how students experience and develop their understanding of our values from Nursery all the way up to Year 6. These three core values have been linked to our school logo to demonstrate that they are at the very centre of everything we do at Heston Primary School.

  • British Values at Heston Primary School

    At Heston Primary School we promote 'British Values' through spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and our PSHE curriculum, which is at the heart of everything we do. British Values are also evident within out school values. We recognise that British Values support the development of the 'whole' child and are promoted by the whole school community and are reinforced regularly in the following ways: Mutual Respect: At Heston Primary School our ethos is about equality and inclusivity. All staff help children to understand our school goals and the rights which we hold dear as a school but also as a community and as a nation. Through this children are taught how to respect by talking about how actions and words can affect others. Children take part in discussions where they are expected to treat the opinions and views of others with respect, even if they differ from their own. Democracy: All children are treated fairly and have a right to express their views and be listened to. Our pupils have the opportunity to be heard through our school council and through pupil questionnaires and well-being surveys. Children are involved in democratic processes e.g. voting for school councillors in a ballot which introduces the concept of democracy. In addition to this our school council discusses and unpicks how the British Government works. Debate and discussion are taught explicitly and children are given the opportunity to discuss moral issues in assemblies, debate clubs or as part of speaking and listening Literacy lessons. Rule of Law: We consistently reinforce our high expectations of our children. They are taught the value and the reasons behind our behaviour expectations at Heston (outlined in our school behaviour policy). The expectations are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when expectations are not followed. This message is reinforced by visits from the community police who remind us that we all have a responsibility to follow laws and that there are consequences when laws are broken. Individual Liberty: Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe, secure environment. At Heston Primary School we educate and provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. They are advised how to exercise these safely through our e-safety policy and PSHE lessons. Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs: We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to learn about other cultures and try different foods and we encourage parents/carers to participate and support our multi-cultural events. Every year a variety of Christmas events take place such as nativity plays and cultural stories retold through performances and concerts at Christmas time. This is important as it teaches all children about the cultural celebration of Christmas and explains what and why certain traditions exist. In addition to that, assemblies for Diwali, Eid ul-fitr, Chinese New Year and Rosh Hashanah, and many more festivals and celebrations take place throughout the year to teach all children the importance of tolerance and understanding of different faiths and beliefs.

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