At Orchard Primary School we value the diversity of backgrounds of all our pupils, families and wider school community.
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 contribution 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.
All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve pupils. Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil interviews.
The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum as well as during assemblies and special days.
Through class and school council children make decisions regarding a range of school issues.
At the beginning of each academic year, staff and children agree rules which are integral to our learning and ethos.
School rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted.
Pupils are always helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and on the playground.
Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and Orchard enjoys visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, etc. to help reinforce this message
The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents and carers.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. eg. by signing up for extra-curricular clubs.
Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our pastoral support reinforces the importance of making the right choices. The use of ‘restorative justice’ allows the pupils to ‘make amends’.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons.
Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged. A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and all forms of bullying are challenged and addressed. The school logs incidents of bullying and the school governing body takes an active role in monitoring these.
Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. Reading Buddies, Playground Leaders etc.
Respect is one of the core values of our school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, adults and children.
Pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship. E.g. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class.
Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. ‘Cultural Week’ offers us the opportunity to celebrate our school’s diversity, when visits are made and members of our school community are welcomed in to share their heritage/culture.