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
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. West Monkton’s Church School’s 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.
Our nine Christian Values taken from Galatians 5 V22 : ………….the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control are physically represented around the school as well in our hall where most of our worship is held.
A beautiful piece of art has been created involving each child from Year 1 to Year 6. The artwork is on permanent display in the hall for all our school community to share, enjoy and regularly revisit and refer to not only through the school day, week, term and year but throughout their lives.
Our curriculum planning is underpinned by the values of the school. Essentially this is based upon the Fruits of the Spirit; our worship foundations.
Each of the Fruits are linked Christian Values and British Values as well as other synonyms to allow flexibility for thematic planning.
There are six grouped values and six half terms, therefore we can move from five week blocks to six themes across the year. For each half term, curriculum planning would fall under the title which derives from our church values. This is an important aspect of curriculum planning as it ensures that the school’s church-based vision and ethos underpins our educational purpose.
As part of a planned approach to the year, Summer Term staff meetings allow half term themes to be planned in advance of the year. Half terms could be entitled with the main ‘fruit’ e.g. “Love” and be combined with a British Value or Christian Value e.g. “tolerance” to make a half term theme of “Love and Tolerance.”
At Our School, 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:
At Our School, 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 all of this is a range of curriculum topics that have 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.