Our Ethos and Values
Wednesbury Oak Academy- Creating Memories, Hand in Hand
At Wednesbury Oak, we aim to:
- Put the needs of our children above all else.
- Develop confidence in our children so they are able to take risks and learn from their mistakes.
- Support children in developing their self-esteem, through celebrating their achievements.
- Develop a safe, stimulating and creative environment in which children can flourish.
- Educate the whole child, developing global citizens, who are able to contribute effectively to their own and the wider community.
- Create a place where parents can join the learning journey with their children.
- Listen and value the point of view of each individual, share ideas and support children to create their own futures.
- Ensure that children have fun and use their imagination while learning.
- Create a place where talents are nurtured and developed, children are happy and have a desire to succeed.
- Develop extra-curricular activities that enhance learning opportunities even further.
- Support children in taking responsibility for their own behaviour through utilising praise, reward and consequences.
- Teach children to respect themselves and others and to be honourable, honest and kind.
Promoting British Values at Wednesbury Oak Academy
The DFE have reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigourous 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 this year (2014). At Wednesbury Oak Academy, these values are
regularly reinforced in the following ways:
Through our curriculum, our children are taught about, and encouraged to respect, public institutions and services.
We have a School Council from Y1 – Y6 which meets regularly to discuss issues that have been raised. Children are democratically elected to be members of the School Council.
Y6 prefects are elected democratically by their peers to serve the school community. They perform a number of responsible duties.
Children have an annual questionnaire in which their views are solicited.
Randomly selected pupils take part in pupil conferencing meetings with leaders within school to seek their views and opinions about learning at Wednesbury Oak.
The Rule of Law
Constant reinforcement is provided regarding the rules and laws that govern the class, the school and the country.
Class rules are developed with the children upon joining each new class. Pupils discuss the need for rules/laws and the reasons that they are needed. They understand class and school rules and are taught about laws in societies and the consequences of breaking those rules and laws.
The school behaviour system further reinforces the manner in which wider society operates.
Visits from the Police and Fire Service strengthen further the messages delivered within school.
At Wednesbury Oak Academy pupils are actively encouraged to make informed choices within the context of a supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, through, for example, our PSHE and eSafety work.
We have a robust anti-bullying culture and effective behaviour and safety policies in place.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children are taught that their behaviour has consequences and all members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Wednesbury Oak provides opportunities for the children to visit places of worship and we actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school. The children study other religions as part of the curriculum.