Schools have a duty 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 Springfield British Values run through everything we do.
Democracy As our pupils progress through the school our curriculum emphasises many aspects of democracy. In year 4 our pupils learn about Ancient Greece, the founding civilisation of democracy. In year 5 they learn about the Victorians and important reforms of that time. In year 6 they study the World Wars and learn how Britain stood up to safeguard freedom and democracy. The school has an active School Council and also an Eco-Council.
Rule of Law Our school ethos has four key elements: To persevere, to believe, to learn and to achieve. To ensure these four elements are realised, school rules are important. Pupils regularly discuss aspects of behaviour. Teachers begin each new year by revising the ‘Golden Rules’ which are formulated with the children and often displayed on the wall of the classroom. In this way, every child knows the standard of behaviour that we expect in our school. The school manages behaviour very positively and our main principle is that whenever possible intervention should be on the basis of reward rather than punishment. We use a range of rewards, such as praise, team points and golden time. There are sanctions within our behaviour policy to be used where necessary.
Our team points system is based on four houses which take their name from influential East Anglian historical figures: Nelson House: Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), was a national hero and naval commander. He was famous for his inspirational leadership and decisive naval victories. Nelson was born in Norfolk. Britten House: Edward Benjamin Britten, (1913 – 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music. Britten was born in Lowestoft. Cavell House: Edith Louisa Cavell (1865-1915), was a British nurse celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides without discrimination during the First World War. Cavell was born in Norfolk. Wolsey House: Thomas Wolsey (1473-1530) was an English political figure and a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. Wolsey was born in Ipswich.
Individual Liberty We take collective responsibility to ensure that individual liberties are respected. We run a comprehensive range of interventions to ensure all learners can achieve their potential. We allow our pupils into class half an hour before the start of the school day to start their learning. We have a comprehensive range of clubs the pupils attend.
Mutual Respect It is a primary aim of our school that every member of the school community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well. Each week we have an ‘Achievement Assembly’ within which we recognise a mathematician and writer of the week. Our pupils take on a broad range of responsibilities; from ICT Monitors, to Reading Buddies, to Midday Play Assistants. Our upper school ambassadors have the important role of supporting our youngest pupils. Our pupils have many talents we showcase. Recently our choir performed at the O2 Arena in London and our school put on a talent show. We actively support charitable causes and have raised money for a variety of causes, including local food banks and homeless people in Ipswich. Internationally, we have also donated equipment to ‘Tools with a Mission’ in Uganda.
Tolerance At Springfield we educate pupils from a range of backgrounds from many different places. We are a caring community, whose values are built on Christian values of mutual trust and respect for all. We aim to promote an environment where everyone feels happy, safe and secure. We promote good relationships, so that people can work together with the common purpose of helping everyone to learn. Every member of the school community behaves in a considerate way towards others. We treat all children equally and aim to help children to grow in a safe and secure environment, and to become positive, responsible and increasingly independent members of the school community. Our PHSE curriculum equips the pupils to negotiate, share and co-operate. Our RE curriculum teaches the pupils about the beliefs of many religions.