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Field Lane Values and Mission Statement

With mutual respect and togetherness, we are empowered to believe in ourselves and develop our creativity to make a positive impact on the world.

Field Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School is a single form entry primary school situated in the heart of Batley.

“Together We Learn” describes the culture and ethos that permeates our school.

Rated Outstanding in all areas for the last 10 years, we have embedded practices that empower children, parents and staff members to believe in themselves, develop their creativity and make a positive impact upon the world. Our curriculum is rich with challenge and full of opportunities for applying the skills and knowledge taught both indoors and outside. Our learners are happy, engaged, respectful and supportive of one another.

Achieving the Gold awards for Food for Life, Schools Games and The Green Tree Woodland Trust reflect our commitment to the mental and physical wellbeing of our school community. Our children feel confident and safe.

Our Values

 

Our school has a strong and caring ethos which we have developed together with children, staff, parents and governors over many years.

Schools are required to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. As part of this requirement, we are expected to actively promote British values. The definition of British Values was set out by the government in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and added to Ofsted inspection guidance in July 2014. The values include: 

  • Democracy

  • The rule of law

  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect

  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

At Field Lane School we refer to these values as “Our Values”. 

At Field Lane, these values are regularly promoted through high quality teaching, a rounded programme of assemblies, events and a positive behaviour policy allowing pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

Democracy:

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through events such as our twice yearly “Soup!” day in which a sum of money is campaigned for by each class. Children, parents and staff members listen to presentations, debate and then vote for their favourite campaign. As our school is used as a polling station, we are able to use the actual booths making this a very real experience. Year 6 children take part in the local authority’s “My Country, My Vote” project in which they raise awareness about local issues. We conduct pupil questionnaires at least once every year.

Rule of Law:

Students are taught the importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country. They study the value and reasons behind laws, 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. For example, Early Years children get to interview a police officer and Y6 visit a local courtroom and re-enact a court case, playing the part of judges, witnesses, defendants and prosecutors. Pupils in Key Stage 1 have ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ as one of the topic concepts. 

Individual Liberty: 

Students are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. They are given the freedom to make choices about their learning in Smart Time and are often involved in setting their own targets.  They are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching and PSHE lessons. Our topic concepts include ‘Choices’ in EYFS, ‘Empowerment’ in LKS2 and ‘Identity’ in UKS2.

Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs:

At Field Lane we aim to promote the understanding and appreciation of different faiths and cultures both within our school and the wider world. We actively promote courtesy and good manners towards all. Our RE curriculum includes visits to local places of worship and explores aspects of a variety of religions. We monitor and tackle all forms of bullying and harassment including cyber bullying and prejudice-based bullying. 

Mutual respect:

Respect for others is a vital component of moral development. We encourage discussions in all areas but particularly in lessons which promote citizenship such as PSHE. We support children to develop their own reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, encouraging all learners to understand that they have rights and responsibilities as citizens within school, the local community and the wider world. Our concept topics include ‘Respect’ in EYFS; ‘Difference’ in KS1; ‘Being Fair’ in LKS2 and ‘Conflict’ in UKS2. Projects such as ‘Carry My Story’ and opportunities to twin with other schools and our local care home enable children to meet and get to know people from very different walks of life.

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