In 2012 we adopted the Olympic and Paralympic values for the school they are:
Respect, Friendship, Courage, Inspiration, Excellence, Equality, Determination
We work hard to live our values every day.
The definition of British values were set out by government in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and added to OFSTED inspection guidance in July 2014:
‘To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’.
At Westfield School these values are regularly promoted through high quality teaching, a rounded program of assemblies 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. The values of the school were adopted from the Olympic and Paralympic values:
We have a values award at the end of the academic year which pupils work towards throughout the year.
Our school is led by groups such as the School Council, Peer Mentoring, Sports Leaders and Sports Captains. The council members are voted in for their Form at the beginning of the year and are accountable to represent their views at School Council and feedback to their Form. For Sports and House Captains they have to complete a letter of application for the role. School Council interview all candidates for positions at the school and feedback to the interview panel.
The School Council works hand-in-hand with staff to raise standards to ensure that all children's voices are heard. Pupils have an Induction period at the beginning of the academic year where they discuss codes of conduct and rules and the reasons for these. Within the PSHE curriculum pupils learn about the law in our country and where some of these originated as well as laws in other countries. They also learn about the judicial system in our country.
Rules of Law - consequences of your actions. Right and Wrong
We have a strong but positive behaviour policy. Throughout this we consistently promote high expectations of all at Westfield Middle School. We have rules of the school which everyone is expected to follow. Credits for good behaviour are built up and acknowledged by class teachers at the end of term.
This is an extremely successful system with clear high expectations of all. It shows a clear link between right and wrong behaviour and therefore links to the civil and criminal law of England children to break the rules or disrupt the learning of others has an impact on others. Our PSHE curriculum covers different levels of understanding of right and wrong in all year groups.
We provide a safe and supportive environment in which we encourage all to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms while respecting that everyone else also has the same rights. Pupils are encouraged to make good choices within safe boundaries. They are given opportunities to resolve conflicts effectively.
Mutual Respect – Caring, Sharing And Listening To Others.
We believe that respect for others is a vital component of moral development. We encourage open discussions in all areas particularly in lessons which promote citizenship.
We actively support all to develop their own reasoned views about moral and ethical issues. We encourage all pupils to understand that they have rights and responsibilities as citizens within the school and the wider community. We support number of charities throughout the year and the children have a good understanding that there are people less fortunate than themselves.
Our community is made of the people from various different backgrounds; therefore we aim to promote the understanding and appreciation of different faiths and cultures within our society and the wider world. This is celebrated at Westfield by acknowledging where pupils come from via the flags within the school, our ‘Taste of Westfield’ recipe book of recipes from around the world submitted by our families. We encourage children to learn about different cultures and religions in order to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of them.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that incorporates British values, cultural and religious understanding and tolerance. We actively monitor and tackle all forms of bullying and harassment (this includes cyber bullying, prejudice based bullying related to appearance, SEND, sex, race, religion and belief, disability, sexual orientation or gender reassignment) with a programme within the PSHE curriculum specifically looking at how we view others and human rights.
We have a very positive ethos which enables children to develop self-confidence and to feel part of our special community. We actively promote courtesy and good manners to all. As part of our cross curricular week pupils learn about the wider community, national and global themes as well as links to the wider curriculum and their own and others well-being. We support national themed days through assemblies and through fundraising events chosen by the School Council
Our Quality marks recognise the work that we do with pupils regarding understanding of themselves and others health well-being and beliefs. We engage fully with many sporting events in the locality and promote sports leaders to help at lower/primary schools events also.