The Department for Education stresses the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of:
- Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those different faiths & beliefs
At Melbourne Junior School, we actively promote British Values within our broad curriculum and also through our assemblies and collective worship. The school has strong links with the local churches and has a programme of visitors from a range of Faith Communities. The school holds the International School’s Award and has links with another primary school which is close to the multi-ethnic region of inner-city Derby. This enables the pupils to develop an understanding of a range of communities and cultures beyond their own.
The school promotes a strong team work ethic and the whole school is described as Team MJS.
All members celebrate the success of individuals, both in and out of school and of the school.
We also support each other in times of need.
The school has a School Council which meets on a weekly basis. Children vote for a president and vice president via a secret ballot and hustings are held for candidates. Each class votes for a representative. The School Council ensures that the children's views are heard and actions implemented. School Council are particularly active in organising fund raising events. They have helped to design the school’s trim trail and to plan the Class of the Week initiative. School Counicl are involved in the recruitment of teaching staff. School Council represent the school at official events such as the annual Remembrance Day service in the village. They meet with Governors at least annually to discuss a range of issues and ideas.
The Governing Body
Our Governing Body is comprised of elected representatives from the staff, local authority, parents and co-opted governors (community); they meet at least each half term.
We actively invite parents and carers for their views throughout the year; this is done through individual letters, meetings, a suggestion box is located in the school entrance, the Headteacher is available on the playground at the start and end of the school day; questionnaires are distributed to parents and carers annually at parents meeting in the Autumn term and a summary of the findings are publicised via the newsletter.
Parents are kept in touch via our monthly newsletter.
Rule of Law
Before starting school, children, parents and the Headteacher commit to our Home School Agreement, this is reviewed annually by our Governing body. School Rules are reviewed with the children at the start of each academic year and children agree on class rules with their teacher.
Lunchtime Supervisors have had specific training and promote Playground Rules for positive playtimes and they work closely with class teachers.
Annual visits from the local fire service and our Police Community Support Officer reinforce the need for laws and how they protect the community.
As part of our team ethic, we also recognise the rights and responsibilities of the individual. This is achieved by whole school rules, class rules and through PSHCE and the curriculum. In year 6 children look at human rights via their Super Hero topic.
The school has very strong community links with many organisations such as the Arts festival, the carnival, the Civic Society, Melbourne Town Band and local churches.
Children learn about specific British celebrations, events and commemorations through history topics, assemblies and Collective Worship.
Tolerance of those of different Faiths & Beliefs
Our Collective Worship and PSHCE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Key celebrations in different faiths are learned about, for example, Christmas, Easter, Islam and Judaism. Visits are planned to religious buildings outside Melbourne.