The ethos at St Lawrence School promotes British Values as an intrinsic part of our everyday life. They are embedded in our Christian values and are promoted in the school through the interactions between the members of our school community, the social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) discussion, activities and practices.
British Values are:
The rule of law
Mutual Respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
Our School Values are:
Love, John 13.34
Courage, Psalm 2:1
Community, Ecclesiastes 4:12
Joy, Philippians 4:4
Respect, 1.Peter 2:17
Honesty, Hebrews 13:18
Tolerance, Ephesians 4:2
Justice, Micah 6:8
Pupils experience democracy at work in St Lawrence and have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires, surveys, collective worship evaluations and through the school council. The processes and procedures of democratic living are used in school life to effect real actions. Elections are held for house captains and school councillors, and whenever possible votes are taken to determine things such as class treats. Our school councillors attend the Surrey Heath school council and contribute the opinions of our school in a wider forum. The school has engaged with national issues such as the Scottish referendum; Year 6 held their own European referendum, researching and debating the issues, running campaigns and, on Election Day visiting the local polling station to experience voting first hand before holding their own ballot.
Promoting the rule of law
Understanding the importance of rules and laws whether they are in our school or country and our individual responsibility to adhere to them is explicitly taught. The pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and rules. Our school Behaviour Policy provides opportunities for children to distinguish right from wrong and to practice making good choices and managing themselves within clear boundaries and consequences. The behaviour system has been developed with and reviewed by the School Council. Our school rules are displayed in each class room and the tariff for consequences are available in the lunchtime detention location.
The children this year were invited to take part in the service for the Judiciary at Holy Trinity Church Guildford. Surrounded by the High Sherriff, the Police Commissioner, High Court Judges, Magistrates and Clerks the children were a key part of this solemn, ancient service of dedication. The experience emphasised the current importance and ancient traditions of our legal system.
Promoting Individual Liberty at St Lawrence
At St Lawrence children are taught to be reflective about themselves as individuals in their character, personality and as learners. In their learning pupils are encouraged in some lessons to be reflective about their learning needs and self-select activities to match the challenge they think they need to make progress. As we are a faith school our acts of worship always include an invitation to children to either join in prayer but if they have chosen not to then to respect those around them who are praying by being silent and still.
Promoting Mutual Respect at St Lawrence
One of our most cherished Christian values of Community: Matthew 22:39 - of loving ones neighbour as ourselves models respect and love for all. Children are acknowledged for living the values when they are noticed, carrying out an action which exemplifies ‘community’. During their learning children are taught and encouraged to respect the views and opinions of others as they listen to their ideas and share their work. Children are taught to work with learning partners and to respect the efforts of their peers. The diverse interests, talents and abilities are, in this way, understood, tolerated and respected.
Children are actively encouraged to take pride in themselves and encourage those around them to work together for the promotion of their house by gaining and collecting our rewards of team points for work, sport, fair play, conduct and effort.
Through our circle times and our PHSE curriculum our children develop empathy and forgiveness. Staff enjoy building good relationships between the children in their class and patiently support children to develop positive behaviour and learn how to manage friendships in a healthy and honest way.
Tolerance of and respect for those of all faiths, no faith , different culture and lifestyles.
We are a Church of England school with our ethos and culture embedded in our Christian roots, with a history which reaches back some 250 years. We regularly invest time to draw comparisons with other faiths and cultures through our RE curriculum and our Collective Worship.
We learn about customs and cultures of other communities; often from personal examples with talks from parents and staff members. Leaning about other cultures is also promoted through cross curricular work, reading books from other cultures and countries, visits from people of other faiths and cultures and outings to other places of worship to support the RE learning wherever possible. Our most important time of modeling respect is during our many opportunities for prayer which arise during the day, children are not instructed to pray but are encouraged to exercise their own individual choice to join in or not, however it is always expected that those not praying will remain silent and still respecting their peers.