Values and Ethos: ‘Our Vision’
Ribbon Academy is a thriving, happy community, served by a dedicated staff, fully aware of their professional responsibility for the personal development of pupils, as well as academic achievement. Staff at Ribbon are committed to delivering an education, based on the National Curriculum, to the highest of standards, whereby a strong, core set of values are embedded at its heart.
Ribbon Values are taken from the Sainsbury’s School Games Values, which in turn were taken from the Olympic Values of the London 2012 games. We use them as a framework of care and consideration for all of our pupils, to ensure they achieve these important goals:
The Ribbon Values are:
Ribbon Values underpin our ethos whereby enthusiastic pupils and staff strive for excellence in all aspects of school life. We work towards, and reflect upon, these values on a daily basis to ensure they are at the forefront of all that we do. They underpin our behaviour policy and are a whole-academy expectation. They are reflected on discreetly through:
Our values are interwoven with, and strongly promote, the fundamental British Values of;
Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Parliament, class reflection time, celebration assemblies and through pupil voice meetings. Children elect their School Parliament representatives for their own classes through a democratic system. The children who wish to represent their class are required to say why they think others should vote for them and how they will help the class. The children are then required to take part in a vote.
Prior to each topic, all children complete a pre-unit task to show their prior knowledge and also suggest what they would like to learn. Staff use these pre-unit tasks to ensure that the children’s interests are represented and become the drivers of our challenge curriculum. Ribbon’s Behaviour Policy involves the children agreeing on, and embracing, the Ribbon Values, and is reviewed in classes at the beginning of the new school year.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are the expectations at Ribbon or the guidelines to practice laid down in our Behaviour Policy, are consistently reinforced by everyone during the school day. Children are taught the value and reason behind laws and rules, and with this comes an understanding which is reinforced in the follow through of consequences when these rules are broken.
At Ribbon, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive setting. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for all our children to make choices, through the provision of a safe learning environment and an empowering curriculum.
Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and independence and how to use them safely e.g. e-safety work in a school and PSHE lessons. We are also a UNICEF recognised Rights Respecting School, which encourages the children to recognise their human rights and responsibilities.
Within lessons themselves, children are given choices and learning challenges such as, how to record, participate, present and share their work in class or with the whole school. It is often demonstrated to the whole school through our celebration assemblies.
Children are also given freedom of choice to access numerous extra curriculum clubs and opportunities after school. We have an extensive range of afterschool provision: 1:1 tuition groups, homework groups and a range of sporting clubs.
Our ethos instils the importance of kindness towards others and respecting others views and opinions at all times. Our children are very clear that everyone deserves to be treated with the highest respect. We have a zero tolerance to ‘bullying’ (of any kind) and this is promoted through our Ribbon Values.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Tolerance (of different faith and beliefs) achieved through enhancing children’s understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity through the RE and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) curriculum, visits to different places of worship and visitors from different faith backgrounds. Assemblies are planned to discuss these issues with the children and include storytelling and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.
Through our work, we ensure all children understand how important ‘community’ is. We believe that our children should actively be involved in all aspects of community life and encourage this in many ways.
Our children take part in a number of annual events that link and make sense of what it is to be a responsible citizen in Britain today, and to take part in what is happening in our local community.
At Ribbon Academy we strive to actively challenge children, staff and parents expressing opinions contrary to Fundamental British Values.