Our Vision & Values

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “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 Hawthorn these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democratic values underpin the ethos of the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, through regular questionnaires and research and via a culture of listening where all adults listen to children and value their views. The elections of School Councillors and Buddies are based solely on pupil votes. Pupils’ views are sought on a range of issues especially with regard to the topics that are the vehicle for teaching the national curriculum. Children feel valued and are engaged in their learning. We have won the Investing in Children award annually for the last 8 years.
"We all look at the same Moon"
The Rule of Law:

The importance of having rules that we live by whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.

These “laws” are agreed with children at the start of each year as a Class Contract.

Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind national social laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. We work closely with local police to ensure children develop a positive relationship with them.

Individual Liberty:

At Hawthorn, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices. The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide the love and boundaries for young pupils to make choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our SEAL, PSHE and e-safety lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Children are taught that they have a choice in their behaviour and are supported to make good choices at all times. We encourage children to have opinions and to discuss issues. Our debating club supports this; taking part in an annual inter-school debating competition organised by our TRUST.

Mutual Respect:

Our school ethos and behaviour policy is based on ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Teachers are positive role models at all times. Our school rules and aims promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

At Hawthorn we take pride in the mixture of countries represented in our school. This has been a rapid change over the past few years and has resulted in a much more representative population. Children are encouraged to talk about similarities and differences to ensure they understand their place in a culturally diverse society. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.