The GOLD of Goldsworth: Growing together, Opportunities for all, Learning for life, Daring to dream
At Goldsworth our motivation comes from the desire for all of us to ‘Be the Best we can Be’ and we have thought about this in the context of being ‘GOLD’. We have taken the ‘Gold of Goldsworth’ to express for us our vision and values and our aim is to live this out in the best way we can each day.
Growing together: At Goldsworth we take enormous pride and pleasure in nurturing all of our children from the start of their education, right through to being ready to start secondary school. We believe that by caring for their pastoral needs in a safe, secure environment, children will have the courage to be themselves, feel totally accepted, accept differences in others and will enjoy being a valued member of the Goldsworth family. We teach our children to care for each other and show respect to all, so that we can provide the climate for everyone to grow and reach their full potential.
Opportunities for all: We believe that all children have a talent and the ability to excel in a whole variety of fields. Sometimes, they just need to be given the opportunity. At Goldsworth we encourage all children to take part in as many activities as possible both in and out of school. Our curriculum provides exciting opportunities for different types of learning and our wide range of extra -curricular activities gives everyone a chance to find ‘their thing’.
Learning for life: Everyone in the Goldsworth community sees learning as a way of life, not just something we do at school. This is why children are enthusiastic as they develop learning tools for life. Learning is fun and engaging and we expect the children to take responsibility for their own and each other’s learning right from the start. Our staff are excellent role models and often share with the children their latest learning endeavours.
Daring to dream: We believe the key to success is to instil in everyone the importance of ‘Being the Best we can Be’. Children aim high and have big dreams. They are taught ways of achieving their goals by breaking them down into planned, achievable steps. This, coupled with knowing how to be resilient and having the courage to never give up, leads our whole community to be highly aspirational and our children to become well-rounded citizens who have the self-belief and the skills needed to lead successful, happy and fulfilled lives.
Values at Goldsworth
At Goldsworth we understand the responsibility we have as a school to support children in the development of life values. We have recognised that children need to be given the opportunity to understand that they have a choice in the way that they behave. Therefore we introduce a new value each half–term which we hope will inspire and develop positive values in our classrooms.
British Values at Goldsworth
The British Values as defined by the DfE are: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. These are taught throughout the year through assemblies and lived out through various events in the school year. For example, the whole school practices the value of democracy through our Pupil Parliament elections where the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are elected through a whole school voting process following child-led election campaigns.
Why are they important?
Our values determine our thinking and behaviour. They are the principles or standards that act as the general guides to our behaviour. They are our beliefs about what is worthwhile, the ideals for which we strive. They help us to make decisions and evaluate our actions and those of others.
The table below shows how our values are developed throughout the school.
|Infants||Years 3 and 4||Years 5 and 6
|Respect||Politeness and good manners||Respect for self, environment and others||Tolerance and appreciation
|Truth||Honesty: Telling the truth||Being true to yourself||Integrity and Humility
|Love||Showing caring and kindness||A passion for hobbies/interests and a love of learning||Forgiveness
|Courage||Bring brave and making mistakes||Taking risks and developing self confidence||Being different
|Hope and Ambition||'Going for Goals'||Hopes and dreams for the future||Achieving excellence and peace
|Responsibility Participation||Taking part in class and group work||Representing the school and having a range of interests/hobbies||Citizenship
How Values are Taught
Values are taught through our P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) curriculum.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education help to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.
All pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum contributing fully to life in school and the community. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They also find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of the community. They learn to understand and respect common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
- To value ourselves as unique human beings capable of spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical growth and development.
- To value others for themselves. We value relationships as fundamental to the development and fulfilment of ourselves and others, and to the good of the community.
- To value truth, freedom, justice, human rights, the rule of law and collective effort for the common good.
- To value the environment, both natural and shaped by humanity, as the basis of life and a source of wonder and inspiration.