At Newton Flotman are proud to be an inclusive school where we work together to challenge, inspire and motivate all children to become successful, confident and caring citizens of our diverse world. We work together to create a happy environment where all members of the school community feel safe, can enjoy, achieve and make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community.
We promote a culture where pupils are happy, believe that they can succeed, take responsibility for their learning, set targets for their own achievement and develop as independent learners.
We aspire to achieve this by:
- Putting the personal development and well-being of our pupils first
- Having high and consistent expectations of all pupils, families and staff
- Maximising the time allocated to learning
- Emphasising pupil activity and independence in learning – more doing and less listening
- Providing a broad, constantly evolving, innovative, exciting, forward-thinking curriculum that enriches and challenges and takes account of the pupil voice.
- Providing opportunities for children to develop skills of investigation, enquiry, communication and co-operation
- Maintaining a school environment that is welcoming, organised, stimulating, tidy, clean and safe
- Creating a happy, industrious atmosphere that models, promotes and celebrates good behaviour
- Working in partnership with parents, acknowledging and supporting their role as the primary educators of their children and providing them with the information to help their children learn well
- Involving the children in community activities to develop their sense of belonging and responsibility
- Offering an enriching programme of extra-curricular activities and visits
- Being an inclusive school that uses a wide range of teaching and learning strategies, technologies and high-quality resources in order to ensure that all learners reach their full potential
- Using systems of recruitment and support that attract high quality staff and governors
- Developing everyone’s knowledge and understanding of the issues in their own environment and the wider world
- Creating a School Development Plan based on efficient systems of self-evaluation and effective use of the school budget
Our Statement of British Values
Schools should 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.
Through our provision of SMSC, the school should:
- enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
- encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
- enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
- further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures
- encourage respect for other people
- encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
The list below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of our pupils as a result of the school promoting fundamental British values:
- an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their well-being and safety
- an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence
- an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
- an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
- an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination