In September children from Year 2 and up are elected to our School Council and have the role of listening to and acting upon the views of their peers. They meet regularly to discuss and find solutions to whole school issues. The school council also help lead the school with fundraising events, for example, this year, we were able to purchase a defibrillator to be placed within the school which can be used by everyone within the local community.
Our School Learning Detectives are also elected and take their job role very seriously and often work with staff throughout the school to make suggestions on teaching and learning. This is carried out by the children monitoring teaching, assessing the learning environment and supporting pupils within our school family.
Our Junior Worship team hold weekly collective worship where they deliver important stories and messages to the rest of the school.
The importance of laws, whether they govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced at Antony. Our curriculum helps all our children understand the need for ‘rules’ as a way of protecting our school community and the consequences when laws are broken. The school regularly invites people in to talk to the children, for example the RNLI.
Our school buddies and playground leaders help children to settle into school and act as excellent role models to our younger children.
Classroom and playground rules, bible stories, collective worship, rewards and consequences all help to reinforce this message.
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We have created a school that is supportive of our pupils; a school that encourages our children to take risk and reflect on their achievements and mishaps. This enables the children to make the right choices. It also gives children the vocabulary to enter into a dialogue with others in their decision making.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms through our E-Safety, and PSHE lessons.
Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, child-initiated activities or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs; pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
It is equally important for all our pupils to learn that everyone has their own view or way of doing things and that it is important that we show ‘tolerance’ of these differences. Assemblies and story-telling are just two of the ways that we have promoted the concept of tolerance towards others.
Mutual respect is at the heart of everything we do throughout our school. The staff and children are respectful of each other, the school and the community. Staff maintain a respectful relationship with each other, the children and their parents. We are keen to support and encourage children’s interests, both in and out of school.
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience some of this diversity. Collective Worship and Multi-cultural assemblies have been used to raise awareness of life beyond Antony. Our curriculum frequently includes topics which allow the children to focus and learn about other cultures, faiths and beliefs. The teaching of RE, PSHE and Humanities allows us to teach the children about stories and celebrations from around the World.
The children are encouraged and feel confident to express their own opinions and views in a respectful manner.
We 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.
Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.