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.
Our Christian Values Education underpins every thing 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.
At the start of some of our worship, we have some welcome words, which change slightly with each new value. The welcome words are :
- This day may we know
- The RESPECT of God the Father
- The strength of God the Son
- The humility of God the Holy Spirit
The value shown in capitals changes each half term. It would be lovely if you could share these with your children, especially the younger ones. Next term our value will be forgiveness.
How do we link ‘respect’ with our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) education?
Mark 10.14: Let the children come to me (Mark 10. 14)
Matthew 10.29: Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.
Jesus valued every person equally regardless of status, gender or wealth. He showed a particular bias to those who were poor, in need or at the margins of society at that time. At our school we explore the Christian teaching that every child and adult is made in God’s image and is uniquely precious and worthy of respect and kindness.
Following Jesus’ teaching and attitude towards children, our school values every child equally and is pro-‐ active about ensuring that no individual is disadvantaged or treated differently due to their social background, gender, sexual orientation or cultural or religious background. We equip children with the skills to recognise prejudice in the media or in the political process. We encourage all within our community to learn about and engage with our nation’s democratic processes both locally and nationally to help to support, protect and sustain for the future the respect due to every citizen.
As a community whose life is founded upon Christian values, we do not merely tolerate difference and diversity, we actively celebrate the uniqueness of all individuals. Whilst it may not always be possible to respect the opinions of every member (e.g. if they are sexist, homophobic or racist) we do respect the individual and their right to hold views that are different from our own.
As a Church of England school, we strive to create a culture that is characterised by openness, empathy and respect. We try to foster humility and thankfulness in our relationships with one another and the natural world. We continually strive to improve our understanding of different faiths and cultural diversity, celebrating the richness of experience and beliefs represented in British society.
Our values for the academic year September 2019 to August 2020 were:
Our values for September 2020 to August 2021 are:
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.”
Thought of the Week
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.