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School Ethos and Values

We are a small, caring school where all pupils are valued, nurtured and encouraged to achieve to their full potential.  Children are given the opportunity to develop their skills and talents through our exciting and creative curriculum and our most able pupils achieve to the highest levels.

Vulnerable pupils are supported through our programme of nurture and counselling and consequently make outstanding progress. Effort in all areas of the curriculum and for all children, is rewarded and self-esteem and self-worth are raised.

Links with parents are established early through a programme of pre-school to school readiness. All learning is seen as a partnership between pupils, school and  respect for all, by all, is of the greatest importance.


Values Education at Benington School

Our Christian Values Education underpins everything we do at Benington School. Each half term we focus on one value in depth. We think about where this value is shown in the Bible and how Jesus showed them to other people. We also look at how they affect our everyday lives and build our characters.

Our current value is forgiveness.

At the start of some of our worships, we have some welcome words, which change slightly with each new value.

The welcome words are :

welcome words for assembly

This term, as our value is forgiveness, we replace the word strength with forgiveness. It would be lovely if you could share these with your children, especially the younger ones. Next term our value will be friendship.

How do we link 'forgiveness' with our SMSC education?

1 John 1.9: But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away.

Mark 11.25: If you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you.

Spiritual Jesus came into the world to show us how much we are loved by God; by taking the sins of the whole world upon himself on the cross Jesus made forgiveness and a personal relationship with God possibleWe. strive to offer every member of our school community a life-­‐giving encounter with the person of Jesus Christ.

Moral Following Jesus' example, we always offer forgiveness and a fresh start to children and adults who have made mistakes. We teach that an individual's behaviour can have a positive or negative impact on others and that this consideration must be paramount in deciding whether behaviour is appropriate. When sanctions are deemed necessary because behaviour falls short of expectations, we endeavour to demonstrate justice with compassion.

Social As a community whose life is foundedupon Christian values we recognise that forgiveness, offered and received, will be at the heart of all our relationships. We teachabout how we can show we are sorry in practical ways and equip individuals with strategies to prevent themfrom repeating mistakes in the future. We believe that learning from the past and not holding grudges will help to develop character by making us more resilient.

Cultural As a Church of England school, our behaviour policy is informed throughout by our Christianvalues. We try not to make assumptions about people or situations before knowing all the facts and circumstances. Decisions about sanctions are made carefully and after consultation. We teach children about the justice system in modern Britain and the emphasis on principles such as the presumption of innocenceuntil proven guilty and the concept of restorative justice.

Our values for the academic year September 2017 to August 2018 were;

Thankfulness, Trust, Perseverance, Justice, Service and Truthfulness.

Our values for September 2018 to August 2019 are;

Generosity, Compassion, Courage, Forgiveness, Friendship and Respect.

Values education in partnership with parents

We are working in partnership with parents, by engaging them in activities linked to our values.

We are sending home a sheet with a number of activities that parents and children can do, linked to our values of forgiveness.




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Benington School Values

The school completed some work to strengthen the positive impact of the school’s Christian values on the learning and well-being of its pupils. This included a range of activities as follows;

The results of these activities were all fed-back to the Chair of Governors who is a Foundation (or Church) Governor.

The key conclusions of this work are presented below;

To further strengthen the positive impact of the school’s Christian values on the learning and well-being of its pupils, the school is working on the following;

Reflection Area

Every classroom has a reflection area. These areas give us a place to focus our thoughts, reflect and pray. We can reflect on our Christian values or consider our “thought of the week.”

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To support our pupil’s understanding of the Values, we have introduced the Thought of the Week.  Each ‘thought’ links to the Value, allowing the children to think deeply about its meaning.  The ‘thoughts’ encourage children to reflect on their own behaviour as well as others.

Each week the children’s behaviour will be celebrated during our whole school sharing assembly.  Children who have tried hard to incorporate the Thought of the Week and Value into their learning will become Benington Bees.  Children have the opportunity to nominate a class member to become a Benington Bee.

This half term’s Thought of the Week:

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Please see the links to our previous values








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