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This has been a brilliant school for my children. The standard of education has been very good with great teachers and a lovely ethos. My daughter is coming to the end of her primary years and will be leaving to go to high school at the end of this academic year and my son will be returning to school in year 4. Both of them have been incredibly happy throughout and have thoroughly enjoyed their time at Longroyde Primary. They have been able to grow as individuals and recognised for their achievements not only in school but also out of school. Longroyde Primary in my opinion is very good at acknowledging that life at school is not always about academic achievement and that children shine in all different areas as well as in their hobbies. There is a good range of after school/ additional activities such as football, judo, boxing and the opportunity to learn a musical instrument as well as events such as school discos, music concerts and school trips. We have over the years been very impressed with the thought and dedication that goes into all the various activities and events organised by the staff and the PFA. They always offering excellent after school clubs which for working parents is a real benefit. Both children love going to the breakfast/ after school and again looked forward to going before and after school and would often be disappointed if they weren’t going! My son has just enjoyed his first year at the junior site and had adapted very well , I am confident when he returns in Year 4 this will continue and he will be very happy in his remaining years at Longroyde. My daughter has really enjoyed her primary years and will no doubt look back with fond memories of the experiences she has had. I am thankful she has been given such great opportunities to explore many different aspects of her education with wonderful members of teaching staff who have prepared her incredibly well for her onward journey to high school.

Samantha Young, July 2020

Ethos & Values

Longroyde Primary School

Everybody Valued, Everyone Achieves

Promoting British Values

In November 2014 the Department for Education published strengthened guidance on improving the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of children, including the requirement for schools to promote a set of fundamental British values with the aim of ensuring learners leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

The government has defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We promote these values through our own school values (chosen by staff and pupils), curriculum and enrichment activities.

Democracy

Links to school values:
making a positive contribution
respect
community

How We Promote Democracy

We have an elected School Council. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process, and gives pupils a voice.

We have encouraged pupils’ voice through votes for choosing a School Charity and through choosing our School Values.

We encourage volunteerism in and out of school. This includes things like classroom monitors, the Befrienders, lunchtime helpers, and also raising money for local and national charities. E.g. Oxfam Unwrapped. This enables the pupils to see that they have a role in different communities.

The beginnings of democracy are taught through topics such as the historical research of the Ancient Greece civilisation, and through the Viking topic re: The Thing (their governing assembly).

Democracy is also promoted through some PSHE lessons, activities and assemblies.

Decision making, discussion and debate are skills encouraged, promoted developed and taught in curricular subjects such as English and Foundation.

Pupils vote for a pupil each week to receive the Pupils’ Choice award. We want pupils to know that we value their views and opinions.
Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

The Rule of Law

Links to school values:
keeping safe
resilience
respect

How We Promote The Rule of Law

We have high expectations of pupil behaviour and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy, Behaviour Code and conduct around school. There are rewards for demonstrating good and caring behaviour.

Classes negotiate and sign up to class rules at the start of each academic year, and are on display in the classroom.

School rules are referred to in assemblies, lessons etc. wherever applicable.

Certain lessons in school have tailored rules to ensure a safe and comfortable learning environment e.g. PSHE Ground Rules, DT activities

Consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through such things as half-termly appointment of Behaviour Ambassadors, and awards such as ‘Rising Star’ and ‘Best Behaved Class’.

Through our school assemblies and PSHE, children are taught how to earn trust and respect, and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.

We use Restorative Practice in school to resolve conflicts. This is used by members of staff and Befrienders, teaching pupils to understand their own and others’ behaviour, feelings and consequences of actions. It also helps them to feel that they are all treated fairly and consistently.

The local police officer / PCSO visits the school to talk to the children about behaviour in relation to the law of the land.

We have a specially developed Behaviour Board in each classroom that is a visual way of recording penalties for breaking class and school rules, but allows the children to see that good behaviour can rectify poor judgement in the past.

Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, as a legal document which the UK Government signed in 1991, and included these rights into their laws.

Individual Liberty

Links to school values:
making a positive contribution
keeping safe
community

How We Promote Individual Liberty

Through our school values, ethos and the PSHE curriculum, children are taught about rights, personal responsibility, choices and aspiration. They are encouraged to choose opportunities that follow their interests or develop new ones in art, music, sport etc. celebrating individuality and challenging gender stereotypes.

We value and promote pupils’ freedom to follow their faith and beliefs and share this with others.

Children are encouraged to share their thoughts, opinions, views and likes/dislikes, through class discussion across all curriculum subjects and through their School Councillors.

Children are taught how to keep themselves and others safe, including on-line. This is done through ICT lessons, assemblies, outside organisations such as the NSPCC taking assemblies, as well as through the PSHE curriculum, for example in anti-bullying week or road safety week.

Our School ethos aims to develop positive feelings and independence of thought, celebrate achievements and effort, and promote a Growth Mindset.

Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

Mutual Respect

Links to school values:
respect
courtesy
kindness
community
tolerance

How We Promote Mutual Respect

We have high expectations about pupil behaviour and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy, Single Equality Policy and School Ethos Policy.

Through our school’s values, assemblies, PSHE and other curriculum and non-curriculum opportunities, children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.

Befrienders play a role in modelling good playing (Playleading) and helping other pupils to resolve their own conflicts (Restorative Practice).

Each class collaboratively creates a Mission statement, which includes Attitude to Learning, Behaviour, Classroom Management, Attendance and Welcoming of others statements.

Staff model positive relationships, manners and good listening skills to and with children throughout the course of each school day.

Protected Groups under the Equality Act 2010 are included in teaching topics such as different family units, learning about different cultures and faiths and when using images to illustrate teaching points, to encourage tolerance and acceptance of others as customary.

Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Links to school values:
tolerance
friendship
community

How We Promote Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

We have high expectations about pupil behaviour and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy, Single Equality Policy and School Ethos Policy.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Calderdale Syllabus for Religious Education. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs and traditions, places of worship and festivals from staff and their peers. They are encouraged to recognise and value similarities and differences.

This is also enhanced in assemblies that celebrate different religious figures, festivals, special days and beliefs.

Visits to different religions’ Places of Worship have been organised throughout school.
Our Foundation Curriculum encourages children to learn about different communities and the world around them, using trips, videos, fiction and non-fiction texts etc. comparing and contrasting them.

Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

Values are:

Things that are important to us and central to our lives both as individuals and collectively
deeply held principles that guide our thinking, choices and behaviours and influence how we manage our emotions.

We have School Values Champions nominated each half-term. This is a reward which recognises the pupils who have embodied our School Values, and therefore British Values, and conduct themselves as excellent role models in all areas of School life.

S Mitchell June 2019

I cannot praise Longroyde enough. From the moment I looked around it was clear how child focused they are and how much they truly care about each child. The school has so many different activities and classes for the children to enjoy. My child has attended for the past 2 years and has an amazing relationship with each member of staff and loves every day. It is clear how passionate each staff member is about their roles within the school. Everyone is so welcoming and all the children appear so happy and content while at the school. You almost get a sense of the school being more like a family with the children being very proud of their school and feeling cared for by an amazing staff team. There is also a lot of opportunities for each child to receive rewards and praise. Even through a pandemic the staff reminded positive and supportive and put on a range of virtual activities that the children could take part in. Never have I regretted my choice of school and would recommend to everyone.

Roxanne Woolridge, July 2020