Christian Ethos and Values
Our vision is based on the Rainbow Promise:
God sent Noah a rainbow as a sign of his promise- his rainbow of love. Jesus promised, ‘I am with you always, to the end of time’. We promise to love and care for everyone in our Belmont family. We promise to be; loving, kind, respectful, honest, peaceful, patient, supportive and forgiving.
As a school we would seek to enable every member to be the best that they can be, achieving their greatest potential academically, socially and spiritually. To achieve this, we work with everyone to build their confidence as well as developing their ability to challenge themselves and see that they can be more than they think they can be.
We aim to develop enquiring minds, a high self-esteem and a true feeling of self-worth, helping everyone to feel valued for their individual and collaborative contributions.
Everyone is given an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life and help one another to prepare for their next steps in their life-long learning journey, by developing their abilities to experiment, investigate, take risks, challenge and make informed choices. We want to ensure that everyone is ready and well equipped for their future. This is reflected in our motto-
‘Learning today for tomorrow’s world’
The rainbow promise consists of eight Christian values. We expect all members of our school family to share in the promise to love and care for one another in the best way we can.
Our Rainbow in our Nursery logo and the name of one of our buildings reflects our promise just as God sent Noah a rainbow as a sign of his promise. Our children will be encouraged to learn and live out the rainbow promise and each value in the promise will be seen in the way the children work alongside each other, collaborate and support each other and care for each like a family.
The values which form part of our promise are;
Our Rainbow Promise mirror fundamental British Values.
Our place in the community
The dove in our logo and the name of one of our buildings is a symbol of peace and reflects our influence in the local community and how our school is committed to serving and being an integral part of it.
We work with our local community and partners to develop and live the Christian values of mutual respect, reconciliation and forgiveness as we meet the challenges of life at school, in the local community and beyond.
The Department for Education state there is a 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 Belmont CE Primary School we are committed to these values and practise them in the following ways:
Pupil voice is strong in school and pupils and adults respect the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires. Pupils are taught how to listen to each other carefully and respect each other’s point of view.The elections of the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes and parallels are drawn with our British democratic system. Our School Council have visited the Houses of Parliament and watched a debate in the House of Commons. They have also had the opportunity to put questions to our MP Roberta Balckman-Woods during her recent visit to our school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our school has rules, which are embedded in our work every day. Each class also discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws. They understand that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws or rules are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Our older pupils are regular participants in Durham Constabulary’s Mini-Police initiative and take part in the ‘policing’ of many local events.
Within school, 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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe 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; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and P.S.H.C.E. lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, or of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Our pupils know and understand the importance of showing respect to everyone, irrespective of any differences we may have. We are committed to developing respect for our own and for other cultures and foster this respect through our daily Collective Worship, PSHCE lessons, RE and our reflection time. We develop intercultural understanding through the vehicle of Primary Languages, our Fair Trade work and our wider curriculum and ensure a range of cross-curricular opportunities to learn about, and thereby develop greater tolerance of, and respect for, other cultures.
Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs
Our core values ensure tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. We enhance pupils’ understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education, P.S.H.E. work and visits to other places of worship to deepen understanding of different celebrations and beliefs. Our curriculum facilitates opportunities for pupils to focus on different countries, exploring cultures and traditions, and these are enriched with visitors being invited in to our school to extend understanding.