Vision and Values
Our school values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.
Our children will leave our school confident, with a love of life, having achieved well through enjoyment and excellence.
We are determined to work to enable the school to:
To provide high quality learning and teaching within a Christian context
To offer a broad and balanced curriculum with an emphasis on enjoyment
To meet the needs of all pupils including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
To ensure equal opportunities and inclusion for all staff and pupils
To provide a safe and orderly environment reflecting the caring ethos of the school
To develop the strengths of the whole school community including pupils, teaching and support staff
At our school, guided by Christian and British values, we maintain that learning should be an exciting and enjoyable experience for everyone (adults and children); it should be fun and interactive, challenging and celebratory so a love for learning deepens.
Our Christian values support our spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as we grow and learn together in a happy, safe, aspirational environment. Through God’s example, we celebrate the uniqueness of each individual and endeavour to unlock their full potential. We inspire and enable our children to contribute to and thrive in a diverse society through promoting the following core values:
Kindness, Peace, Hope, Forgiveness, Helpfulness and Respect
Our School Logo
Wymondham Windmill, a 200 year old Living Mill is a local landmark that attracts many visitors throughout the year.
The force of the wind helps the sails rotate in a circular motion, creating transformation from within. In the same way, the energy of God's love and the love of our family encircles us so that we can live life in all it's fulness, enabling us to flourish and succeed.
Wheat is transformed into flour, which is then transformed into bread. The bread is seen by Christians as a representation of the body of Christ and as such, Christ has an energy that carries great wisdom, strength, courage and love.
The door on our windmill, is in the shape of a keyhole, which has links with St Peter's Church in Wymondham and is 'open' and inclusive to all. Our school and church, working in partnership together with families, holds the key to a world of possibilities and unlocks the potential of all who enter.
Peter being given the keys to kingdom by Jesus: "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:19).
We value external views made about our school: “Leaders have improved the school and the curriculum. They have a clear vision for how they want to develop the school further. The school is very well led and managed.. Staff say are proud to work in the school. Pupils say they are kept safe in school and there is no bullying. They say, ‘We look after each other.’ Parents commented on the caring staff. They say the school has ‘a happy family atmosphere’."
We strive to promote a love for learning and as such a high percentage of pupils at Wymondham continue to meet their expected standard in reading, writing and maths at a rate above the national and local authority average. The school has maintained these results for the past three years.
The government has set out its definition of British values in the 'Prevent Strategy' and emphasises that schools are required to ensure these values are taught across the United Kingdom.
At Wymondham Church of England Primary School we have always recognised the importance of educating our children so that they understand the multi-faith and multi-cultural Britain we live in today. We provide opportunities and life experiences that will help our children to contribute to an ever changing, diverse society throughout their lives.
Democracy is embedded at our school. Pupils are taught to listen carefully and with concern for each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Our pupils are taught the value of respecting themselves and others around them, as well as their belongings and world around them. Children have the opportunity to express their opinions and ideas through our School Council, for example, which is made up of elected members from each class by pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. Our robust behaviour policy, devised by the children with staff, governors and parents, involves both rewards and sanctions; children are clear about the expectations at our school as they were all involved in creating the school rules.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, is consistently reinforced through our curriculum, behaviour system and through Collective Worship. Each class discusses our School Rules to ensure they understand what is expected and to learn about making sensible choices; this ensures that every child is able to learn in a happy, safe environment where everyone supports one another. We expect our children to behave impeccably when they are on trips and visits outside of school; they are taught, through our behaviour policy, what happens if they break the rules and that the wrong choices have consequences. Our children are always praised for their excellent behaviour and attitude when out of school or when we receive visitors; they demonstrate respectfulness and understand justice.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a secure environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely and sensibly; examples of this can be seen in our teaching of e-safety, for example. Whether it is through the curriculum or through participation in our extra- curricular activities, our pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Pupils are also given the opportunity to engage in their own learning through setting their own personal targets with their teacher and through self-assessment of their work.
Respect is one of the core values that is tangible at our school. The teaching and learning of Christian values is inherent in all we do, but specifically taught through Religious Education, Collective Worship, Leadership days and Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education(PSHCE). This helps to develop self-esteem and positive relationships with others. Children embrace leadership roles such as Worship Monitors and the Anti-bullying Steering Group where they put together presentations for the rest of school and influence policy and practice. Other children respond respectfully and willingly and eagerly answer questions and respond readily to evaluations which the leaders incorporate into their plenaries.
Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our school enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through a broad approach to Religious Education, using the Leicester Syllabus for RE and Understanding Christianity, through our daily acts of Collective Worship and our varied PSHCE curriculum. Our worship time includes sharing ideas, events, prayer, music and stories to learn about diversity. We visit a variety of different places of worship, such as Sikh and Hindu temples, Catholic and Methodist churches as well as Leicester Cathedral and we recognise different festivals through our project work and links with other schools. We participate in sporting events across Leicestershire and music festivals which enable them to meet and work with people from many different backgrounds.
The weeping willow is an integral part of our school grounds. It provides shelter and a place where friendships blossom and grow.
Green, like the leaves on the branches, the willow symbolises nature, fruitfulness and life. It also represents balance, nourishment, learning, growth and harmony. Our image of the willow tree represents strength and stability, standing firm and withstanding the passage of time and all its challenges, rooted in firm Christian foundations that enable each part of the tree to flourish and thrive. This will give our children the wings to fly.