We are a small three class village school in the Village of Breage, Helston.
Our mission statement is 'learning for life, caring for all' and, as a Church of England school, we believe that we provide a caring atmosphere within the context of a supportive Christian ethos.
We have seven Christian values that have been selected by children, staff, parents and governors as being especially important to our school. They are:
These values link in with our commitment to support the values of the Southerly Point Cooperative Educational Trust. These are: self-help, self-responsibility, equality, equity, democracy, solidarity, openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others.
Our Christain values also help us to promote the fundemental British values as defined by the government in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. The DfE has recently reinforced the need 'to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.'
At Breage Church of England School we promote those values in the following ways:
We have a student council which meets regularly. The council has its own budget and is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class. Our school council is part of the SKIP organisation which links school councils from across the Southerly Point Cooperative Educational Trust.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are regularly reinforced. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.
This lies at the heart of our Christian values. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We actively promote diversity through RE and through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Visits from people of different faiths help to reinforce our view that there are many ways to celebrate the glory of God and that, in His eyes, we are all equally special and equally loved.