Our Ethos and Values

Ethos & Values

At Gosfield Community Primary School the children come first and our priority is to deliver high quality teaching and learning whilst at the same time providing rich and truly enjoyable learning experiences for our community of children.  Everything we do as a school is to ensure that the children achieve their very best. We are deeply aware that children only get one chance at their primary education and it is our job to ensure that they all reach for the highest levels of personal achievement and development.

We want every child to be successful; to reach for success from the very first day they join us and throughout their school lives so that when they leave us they have a love of  life and learning.

As well as promoting British Values within all that we do we also promote the 8 personal values from the International Primary Curriculum:

■ Enquiry

1. Be able to ask and consider searching questions related to the area of study

2. Be able to plan and carry out investigations related to these questions

3. Be able to collect reliable evidence from their investigations

4. Be able to use the evidence to draw sustainable conclusions

5. Be able to relate the conclusions to wider issues

■ Adaptability

1. Know about a range of views, cultures and traditions

2. Be able to consider and respect the views, cultures and traditions of other people

3. Be able to cope with unfamiliar situations

4. Be able to approach tasks with confidence

5. Be able to suggest and explore new roles, ideas, and strategies

6. Be able to move between conventional and more fluid forms of thinking

7. Be able to be at ease with themselves in a variety of situations

■ Resilience

1. Be able to stick with a task until it is completed

2. Be able to cope with the disappointment they face when they are not successful in their activities

3. Be able to try again when they are not successful in their activities

■ Morality

1. Know about the moral issues associated with the subjects they study

2. Know about and respect alternative moral standpoints

3. Be able to develop their own moral standpoints

4. Be able to act on their own moral standpoints 5. Be able to explain reasons for their actions

■ Communication

1. Be able to make their meaning plain using appropriate verbal and non-verbal forms

2. Be able to use a variety of tools and technologies to aid their communication

3. Be able to communicate in more than one spoken language

4. Be able to communicate in a range of different contexts and with a range of different audiences

■ Thoughtfulness

1. Be able to identify and consider issues raised in their studies

2. Be able to use a range of thinking skills in solving problems

3. Be able to consider and respect alternative points of view

4. Be able to draw conclusions and develop their own reasoned point of view

5. Be able to reflect on what they have learned and its implications for their own lives and the lives of other people

6. Be able to identify their own strengths and weaknesses

7. Be able to identify and act on ways of developing their strengths and overcoming their weaknesses

■ Cooperation

1. Understand that different people have different roles to play in groups

2. Be able to adopt different roles dependent on the needs of the group and on the activity

3. Be able to work alongside and in cooperation with others to undertake activities and achieve targets

■ Respect  

1. Know about the varying needs of other people, other living things and the environment

2. Be able to show respect for the needs of other people, other living things and the environment

3. Be able to act in accordance with the needs of other people, other living things and the environment


British Values

The Department for Education state that there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to 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.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year.  At Gosfield Community Primary these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class. The school council is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class.

Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Golden  Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. These assemblies, PSHCE lessons and the Golden Values promote respect for others and this is reiterated through the work in the playground, classroom, learning skills and on the sports field, as well as our behaviour policy.

The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs.

Our Golden Value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs.  This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHCE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school, such as Parent Ambassadors leading school assemblies on their faith.

During Do Something Different Day, classes focussed upon a different country and researched/presented facts about these countries. Beliefs, traditions and customs will be studied in depth, with visitors for varying faiths being invited in to our school to enrich and extend understanding.  Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Trips that enrich and support tolerance of those of different faiths include; visiting the local synagogue, where custom were explained and pupils had the opportunity to partake in them.