A happy, inclusive school where we celebrate all achievements
Our Values Statement
We promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural curriculum. This permeates throughout our provision and supports the development of the ‘whole child’. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff. The curriculum in all phases offers broad and balanced opportunities.
‘British Values’ have been identified as:
The ability to understand and communicate are the most important areas of learning. We ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ to communicate. This ‘voice’ could be using words, objects, photographs, pictures, symbols, touch cues, eye pointing or body language.
We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty. Please see our section on “Pupil Voice at Woodlands”.
Rule of Law:
We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour, helping pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large.
Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. Staff are committed to providing a consistent and predictable environment within the school and beyond. We can help some pupils to understand the connection between actions and consequences. This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure. This, in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.
Pupils are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights. This includes the right to say 'Yes' or 'No' to ideas or activities. Some pupils will be able to take responsibility for particular roles and to understand that, with certain rights, comes a level of responsibility. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand oneself. We support others by participating in a large range of charitable events, and through close links with communities in Malawi and Zambia. We believe that engendering a caring and helpful environment and to be independent can boost and nurture self-esteem.
We promote each pupil’s inclusion in activities, settings and locations that are appropriate to them individually. Within school, pupils work with a range of people, and interactions with others are always positively promoted on a personalised basis. This may include working with students from other schools, coaches, theatre groups etc. We believe it is important to facilitate opportunities to be part of the community, as the pupils, families and staff have much to offer in the development of community cohesion.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:
We are part of a school and local community where each person is respected and valued equally, without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Diversity is celebrated.
Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others.
Our Assemblies help all pupils to find out about themselves and others, linking their lives to the communities in which they belong. The themes cover areas such as: friendships, helping others, positive choices and celebrations from a range of faiths and world events.
Pupils are encouraged to experience British Culture through our curriculum themes. For example, pupils visit many local places. As a school, we take part in sporting activities at intra-school, inter-school and regional/national levels. These opportunities help to instill ‘fair play’ and ’team spirit’.
Although some of our pupils may find it difficult to articulate their feelings and concerns, staff members are attuned to any changes in demeanour and well-being that may indicate anxiety. If staff members are concerned about any pupil, it is their duty of care to actively protect and promote the young person’s welfare.
The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils at Woodlands are happy, well cared for and empowered to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.