School Policy Relating to the School’s Ethos and Values

ETHOS AND VALUES

The vision for our school began with a small group of Christian with a dream to educate their children in a school whose foundation was built on a trust in God; a school where the importance of excellence in education would go hand in hand with the importance of communicating God’s love; a place where the importance of community would extend beyond staff and pupils to include the whole family.

This passion and purpose have not changed and they create the ethos of this school. It is demonstrated through our relationships as we work together to provide an education that is not just about what you learn but is about who you are and who you are becoming.

The school’s ethos informs our values which are:

  • Kindness and care
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Hospitality and inclusion

The qualities we promote are

  • Faithfulness
  • Love and
  • Hope

We are respectful of others and of the world around us and are proud to be The Christian School (Takeley).

As staff the school’s ethos and values are our motivation to work together. Our desire to serve and support each other is inspired by the message and the life of Jesus who demonstrated God’s unconditional love for everyone through his own life of service and compassion. This love directs and influences our relationships with each other, with pupils and their families. It is the same love with which the courses and activities of the school are developed and delivered to the pupils. All our staff whatever their faith, hold this desire to create a caring place for all our pupils and staff.

Statement on British Values

We agree with the Department for Education’s definition of British values as a whole:

  • democracy,
  • the rule of law,
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

At the Christian School (Takeley) pupils will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. We recognise the dependence of each value on the others and, for example, do not respect or tolerate a faith statement or belief that does not uphold the democracy and rule of law of the United Kingdom or the individual liberties of UK citizens, especially those whose characteristics are protected under the Equality Act.

We teach pupils to be critical thinkers testing the validity of rules or expectations.

In accordance with the ethos of the school our understanding is that, in God, there is a higher authority and the teaching of the whole Christian Bible is the basis of faith of the staff.

British Values

Equality Act (2010) and Accessibility Plan

It is the aim of the school to make reasonable adjustments to meet the statutory requirements of the Equality Act for all pupils and adults.

Download Documents: Equality and Diversity Policy

Equality Objectives and Performance Data. Including comparison of boys’ and girls’ examination results in order to assess whether there is any unconscious gender bias in teaching of examination subjects in school.

 

Code of Conduct for Visitors
Rationale:

We believe staff, parents and children are entitled to a safe and positive environment in which to work. Behaviour that will cause harassment, alarm or distress to users of the premises is contrary to the aims of the school as in any action that puts a child at risk. This includes publishing names and pictures of pupils that include reference to the school that are inappropriate in the online environment and the use of mobile technology on the premises.

Aims:
  • That all members of the school community treat each other with respect
Expectation.
  • That adults set a good example to children at all times, showing them how to get along with all members of the school and the wider community
  • That no members of staff, parents or children are the victims of abusive behaviour or open to threats from other adults on the school premises.
  • Physical attacks and threatening behaviour, abusive or insulting language verbal or written, to staff, governors, parents and carers, children and other users of the school premises will not be tolerated and will result in withdrawal of permission to be on school premises.
  • Any parent who is asked to leave the school premises will have the right to appeal the decision by writing to the Chair of Governors

Please note that incidents of rudeness will be logged with the Chair of Governors

Responsibilities:

It is the responsibility of the Head teacher and Governors to monitor and review this policy.

Code of Conduct for Visitors