Southwold School is a values-based education school, and as such we put a great emphasis and high priority on teaching and modelling values. It underpins our curriculum and sets the standards of behaviour.
We have a two-year planning cycle where we focus on one core value each term:
Our values are entwined throughout our school day, and we celebrate everyone demonstrating these values.
At the beginning of each term, the new value is introduced and then celebrated each week through a variety of ways such as a story, poem, picture or even a famous person.
At the end of each term, we have a values assembly where one child, who has stood out from each class, is awarded a certificate for modelling this value.
The Southwold School Mission
Our school mission statement is to be all you can be and together we will shine. We work together to ensure your child has the best possible education within the securest of environments and with the best resources.
We work to provide all pupils with a solid academic footing, which ensures that every child reaches their full potential, especially in the key areas of English, maths, science, and computing. Our school also aims to help children develop as people, secure in knowing who they are and what they want from life.
Our teaching philosophy is simple: we aim to combine the best of tried-and-tested methodology with new and innovative ways of teaching.
At Southwold School, we actively promote British values through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum, and teaching. As such, we promote tolerance of, and respect for, people of all faiths (or those with no faith), cultures, and lifestyles.
We prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain by supporting them through our words, actions, and influence, not just within school, but also within the wider community.
Promoting Our Values
The government defines British values as:
- Rule of law.
- Individual liberty.
- Mutual respect.
- Tolerance of those of different faiths.
At Southwold School, we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this is a range of curriculum topics that have strong links to the British Empire. We actively challenge children, staff, and parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.
As part of The White Horse Federation, we passionately believe that by working together, the children are able to have a higher quality of education, and that as colleagues, we will also benefit from and reap the rewards of a values-based organisation where no one is left behind.