Christian Values and the Curriculum

West Monkton School is an inclusive and joyful school that provides a stimulating environment in which we celebrate and nurture every child. Through an inspiring education rooted in core Christian values, we challenge and support our children to reach their full potential and become compassionate, courageous individuals. Our creative and rich curriculum and committed staff promote a lifelong love of learning, encouraging children to become caring and confident advocates for others and our world.

 

The Church of England vision for education is for all children to, ‘Have life, life in all its fullness.’ [John 10:10]. West Monkton Church School’s ethos is built upon our Christian Values, which support our children, staff and school community to experience and enjoy life in all its fullness. Our school has long held core inclusive Christian Values at the heart of what we do.

In January 2019 the school became an academy and joined with Ruishton Church of England Primary School, Selworthy Special School and Blackbrook Community Primary School.  These four school have now founded the Oak Partnership.

Our Christian values

We believe values help define our character and ethos and by doing so affect our behaviour, beliefs and actions. They are our guide for living a life that will help all flourish. 

At West Monkton our Christian Values are represented by nine words with a clear Biblical underpinning that give purpose, direction and a firm grounding in all we seek to do. These are present among our school community.

Galatians 5 V22 : ………….the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.

To represent our Christian Values, children from Years 1-6 were previously involved in creating a permanent artwork display in our school hall. This we enjoy as a regular reminder of our values which underpin everything we do. Children have become fluent in our Christian values and enjoy the chance to share, reflect and encompass them into their lives. 

British Values

At West Monkton, we actively promote British values through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum, and teaching. As such, we promote tolerance of, and respect for, people of all faiths (or those with no faith), cultures, and lifestyles.

We prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain by supporting them through our words, actions, and influence, not just within school, but also within the wider community.

 

Promoting British Values alongside our core Christian values

The government defines British values as:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faith

At West Monkton, we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning this is our rich inclusive curriculum, where we have created strong links to the British Empire. We actively challenge children, staff, and parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.

As part of The Oak Partnership, we passionately believe that by working together, the children are able to have a higher quality of education, and that as colleagues, we will also benefit from and reap the rewards of a values-based organisation where no one is left behind.