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School Vision and Values

Deykin Avenue’s Vision

 

At Deykin Avenue JI School, we are committed to developing children who are happy, confident and have a ‘can do’ attitude, believing that nothing is beyond their reach. By the time they leave our school at the end of Year 6, we want them to:
 

  • know how it feels to be a valued member of society;
  • know how to respect themselves and other people;
  • know how and why they must take responsibility for their own actions;
  • have the necessary skills in order to develop their learning as they move to secondary school and beyond; and
  • aim high and believe that they can do anything if they put their minds to it.

 

We want all of our children to develop as STARs. That is, we want them to be:
 

Successful (they can achieve anything – nothing is too hard or too difficult to achieve)

Tolerant (they respect other people’s beliefs, religions and differences – they accept that all human beings are different and respect these differences)

Ambitious (they have high expectations for what they want to achieve, eg, a career they would like to aim for when they are adults)

Resilient (if they do not succeed at first, they keep on trying – never give up)

 

The staff in school are committed to these core values which will help us to deliver the vision statement. However, we need all other stakeholders, eg, families, visitors and governors to also uphold these values so that our children develop them both inside school and in the outside world. If the entire Deykin Family can work together, our vision can be achieved.

 

  • respect
  • fairness
  • responsibility
  • inclusivity

 

If everyone follows these values in school, it will help our children to become STARs. They will be successful in their education and realise that learning does not end when they leave school - it carries on for life (eg, university or apprenticeship, training for a new job, learning to drive, etc). They will appreciate that we are all different and learn to be tolerant towards everyone and accept these differences. They will be ambitious and want to succeed now and aim for the career of their choice when they are older. They will learn how to be resilient and when things get tough, they will pick themselves up and carry on.

 

 

We hope everyone involved with Deykin Avenue (staff, parents, governors and visitors) will commit to the same values. Agreed behaviours which will support and underpin the values are as follows.

 

 

Respect

Fairness

Responsibility

Inclusivity

Children

 

  • Listen to each other (adults and children)
  • Follow instructions
  • Pick up coats off the floor, open doors, say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, etc
  • Use equipment correctly
  • Use kind words and actions
  • Pass letters to parents instead of opening them yourself
  • Walk around school quietly
  • Be polite to everyone, eg, families, staff, visitors both inside and outside of school
  • Treat everyone equally and fairly, eg, not being rude or disrespectful based on someone’s gender, age, role in school, family circumstance, etc
  • Consistently follow rules which applies to everyone
  • Be honest – it is not fair to blame someone else for your mistakes
  • Know that stereotypes are not always fair – tackle anyone who says, eg, “Girls should tidy up rather than the boys.” OR “Boys can’t wear pink.”
  • Bring correct equipment, eg, PE kit, school uniform, water bottle, etc
  • If you join a lunch time club or after school club, attend every session unless you are ill
  • Look after school property, eg, put lids on pens and glue sticks
  • Return library books on time
  • Complete homework and return it on time
  • Admit to making mistakes even if you know you will be in trouble – do not let others take the blame

 

 

  • Treat everyone with kindness and respect regardless of race, religion, disability, etc
  • Take turns and share so that everyone feels included in activities
  • Learn about other cultures, faiths, customs, especially when new children arrive and speak no or little English, so that they feel welcomed and included
  • Know that everyone is welcome at Deykin Avenue School and this is how it should be in society

Staff

  • Lead by example, eg, listen to others, look after equipment and keep your classrooms tidy, follow school procedures, etc
  • Speak politely to others (adults and children) – be aware that all staff are role models to the children
  • Think of your body language when speaking to children and other adults
  • Pick up coats off the floor, open doors, say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, etc
  • Give clear instructions and remain calm if children do not follow them or understand them straight away
  • Apply procedures consistently so that everyone is treated fairly
  • Actively show that children are treated fairly, eg, every member of staff applies the same rewards/consequences systems regardless of the child and the children see this happening on a daily basis
  • Treat other adults (staff, parents, governors and visitors) fairly and listen to their viewpoints even if you don’t agree with them
  • Be prepared for everything you need to do that day
  • Carry out your role appropriately – do not make excuses for mistakes made
  • Take responsibility for how you present yourself to the community – are you being a good role model?
  • Have open communication with other staff members about our own behaviours in school
  • Collect children from the playground on time, bring them to assembly quietly – lead by example and behave the same as the children are expected to behave
  • Ensure every member of staff is included in all communication, eg, Class Dojo, newsletters, etc
  • Staff to encourage more family involvement, eg, parent groups, workshops, etc so that home/school links improve
  • Provide a welcoming environment for our families and the community
  • Learn about other cultures, faiths, customs, especially when new children arrive and speak no or little English, so that they feel welcomed and included
  • Know that everyone is welcome at Deykin Avenue School and this is how it should be in society

 

 

Families

  • Be aware of your tone of voice/words used when talking to other adults and children
  • Think of your body language when speaking to children as well as other adults
  • Listen carefully to what other adults and staff are saying even if there is a difference of opinion
  • Take care of people’s property, eg, keep young children away from staff’s cars in the car park – this will teach your children about being safe in a car park as well as protect the staff’s cars from potential damage
  • Treat everyone equally and fairly, eg, not favouring one child over another, listening to all staff regardless of their gender, ethnicity, religion, etc
  • Understand that sometimes, some families may need more support from school than others in order to access the same education and facilities as everyone else
  • Opportunities are for everyone, eg, education, clubs, experiences, regardless of their background or family circumstances
  • Be responsible for reading letters, Dojo messages, etc your child brings home – check young children’s bags in case there are letters in them
  • Sending children to school on time and notifying school before 9:30am if your child is unwell
  • Sending children to school with the correct equipment, eg, PE kits, homework, etc particularly for younger children
  • Being mindful that holidays during term time disrupts your children’s education and will not be authorised by school
  • To keep your children clean, with appropriate footwear, and seek medical assistance if your child is unwell
  • Support your child at home with their learning
  • If your child has been hurt by another child, speak to a member of staff – do not tell your child to “hit them back”

 

 

  • You have the right to ask for help if you or your family needs it
  • Avoid assumptions about people – don’t judge a person without finding out about them first
  • Learn about other cultures, faiths, customs, especially when new children arrive and speak no or little English, so that they feel welcomed and included
  • Know that everyone is welcome at Deykin Avenue School and this is how it should be in society

Governors

  • Attend meetings and be on time
  • Speak to all staff, parents, children and visitors in a polite manner
  • Show commitment to the role – take an interest in the life of Deykin Avenue School and visit as often as possible
  • Value all members of staff and their roles
  • Make an effort to get to know the families of our children
  • Not showing any bias – treating everyone the same
  • Allowing all members of the governing board to speak/share opinions without any form of coercion
  • When interviewing for jobs, treat all candidates equally
  • Treat other adults (staff, parents, governors and visitors) fairly and listen to their viewpoints even if you don’t agree with them
  • Read information sent prior to a meeting so you are fully prepared
  • Attend any training so that you are up-to-date in your role as a governor
  • Ask challenging questions of the senior/middle leaders
  • Respond to emails which relate to meetings
  • Notify the clerk/chair of governors if you cannot attend a meeting
  • Being available for certain meetings, eg, review panel, misconduct hearings, Ofsted, etc

 

 

  • Understand the needs of the school and the local community
  • Communicate with parents whenever possible to see if there is any other support school can provide families with
  • Support the senior leaders in the same way the senior leaders support the staff
  • Visit school to ensure that all staff are following school procedures and policies and are treating everyone equally

Visitors

  • Read the vision either before coming into school, or on arrival, so that you know what is expected of everyone in our school
  • Speak politely to others (adults and children) – be aware that all adults are role models to the children
  • Leave issues from home at the school gates, eg, do not approach other parents/children about incidents which may have happened outside of school – speak to a member of staff instead
  • Remember you are a visitor – we have invited you into our school – speak to everyone politely and use kind words and gestures
  • Visitors, eg, students, are not expected to ‘cover’ for teaching staff – this is not fair on them or the learning that they are undertaking in our school
  • Treat other adults (staff, parents, governors and visitors) fairly and listen to their viewpoints even if you don’t agree with them
  • If we are due a fire alarm test, staff will inform visitors beforehand so that you are prepared for this

 

  • To bring the correct paperwork that is needed, eg, photo ID, etc
  • To arrive at school on time and to be consistent – if you have volunteered to attend school each week to support reading in a class, we expect you to do this
  • Be aware of safeguarding procedures which you will be shown on arrival to school
  • All visitors are prepared for activities beforehand so that no learning time is lost for the children
  • Keep school informed of any changes with as much notice as possible
  • Invite a range of visitors into school, eg, religious leaders, Paralympians, people with jobs that break stereotypes (such as a male nurse, a female engineer) to show our children that diversity is a good thing
  • School will inform visitors, when appropriate, of any relevant issues with the children or staff, eg, a child may need very specific instructions, or a staff member may have difficulty getting down and up off the floor, etc
  • Visitors will inform school if they have any specific needs, eg, require the disabled car park space, are in a wheelchair, etc

 

Some of these behaviours are the same or similar for different people in our school. This is because many of the behaviours we expect to see in school, require everyone to do them. If we all adhere to these, the vision we have for all of our children will become a reality.

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