Values and Vision
(Please also refer to our SMSC Policy, Worship Policy and Positive Behaviour Policy on the Policies page)
As you can see for your self during a visit to school our strap line is ‘Let your light shine’ from Matthew 5:16. At Eyam we strive to share good deeds in order to help others and reflect the nature of Christ. We study Christian virtues such as compassion, hope, trust, friendship, generosity, respect, courage, thankfulness, justice and truthfulness during Worship and reflect on how we can show them through our everyday lives at home and at school as well as in the community. At Eyam we show that God’s light shines through our attitudes, words and deeds – this might be through buying Fair trade goods at the supermarket or collecting clothes to send to refugees or simply checking our friends are feeling happy at playtime, as all these activities help other people and show that we live life of hope.
Our Vision Statement
Eyam School will be a thriving community built of self-motivated, resilient learners who work together using critical thinking skills to achieve and celebrate success through a culture of respect.
This really is lived out in all we do at Eyam – the respect we show our work through our careful handwriting and the responses we make to marking, the behaviour we show towards each other and our resilient attitude to learning and the manner in which we welcome visitors to our school as well as the positive impact we have in the village community.
Our school motto is TEAM ~ Together Everyone Achieves More
Our core Eyam values are: Respect, Resilience, Responsibility
We have worked together as family groups to discuss and debate how these values may look.
These values under pin our whole school reward system.
There are 4 stages to work through, achieving each shows a growing awareness of our responsibility, independent resilient learning and respectful behaviour towards ourselves, each other, the staff and wider community.
We elect our School Council (SC) with a democratic system of confidential voting after candidates have made proposal to their class. Each year the SC agrees how they will operate with the older children leading meetings. Our SC discuss their role to promote:
- Pupil voice – we need to be able to say what we think and adults need to listen
- Responsibilities and rights – everybody matters and everybody can help
- Learning to be a good citizen
- A happy school environment
They draw up a plan of action for the year including fundraising for charity, improving the grounds, sorting out emerging issues and improving the learning environment. They report to the parents forum in the Autumn and the Governors in the Spring term.
The SC is just one example of our work that promotes and reflects our values. Our children learn to respect rituals and beliefs of a range of faiths including Christianity.
There are responsibilities in each class which helps to promote independence. We all work to the same school rules and understand the consequences of not helping each other to follow them. All classes learn about and discuss and debate a range of ways that bullying can be tackled.
We work with the local beat officer to enable older children appreciate the wider implication of poor behaviour.
All visitors are made welcome in our school.
Children are encouraged to make choices in their learning as well as at playtime. They learn how to make safe choices and how to be resilient, well rounded and exciting individuals who are ready to face the challenges that life holds.
Eyam School Aims:
- Create successful resilient learners who take responsibility for their own learning and are prepared to embark on future challenges with excitement and confidence
- Ensure we provide innovative learning opportunities that develop the whole child empowering pupils to explore and believe in themselves
- Establish an environment where children and adults feel welcomed, valued, happy and secure, irrespective of gender, race or disability.
- Help children understand Britain’s cultural heritage;
- Prepare children for life, to be responsible citizens who are able to adapt and grow as technology and society changes
- Teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to distinguish right from wrong;
- Value the importance of an effective partnership with parents and the community to encourage each child to reach their full potential.
School takes any bullying very seriously, we have regular sessions with the children to remind them how to keep safe and what to do if they don’t feel safe.