Personal & Physical Development
The F and B Way:
Fawbert and Barnard’s Primary School over the past few years have been on a journey to ensure that every child has the best starting point in life to receive the education they deserve, the life skills they need and the opportunities to become resilient, independent learners. The school have collaboratively worked with governors, parents, and children to create the family network that we have at Fawbert and Barnard’s Primary School.
At the heart of developing ‘Learning for Life’, we have created our 5 values that represent everyone who attends Fawbert and Barnard’s Primary School. Working with all stakeholders (governors, children, and staff) we came up with our 5 core values as a school. These are:
These values help children in our school to thrive, becoming life-long learners and developing independence. Our values allow our children to develop emotionally, socially, spiritually, and culturally through the day-to-day running’s of the school. From certificates given out weekly for our stars of the week, to assemblies, festivals, trips and celebrated weeks/months – we ensure that our children have life experiences supporting them on their school journey.
We strive to use our values for ourselves, in our school community and the wider world as shown in this table.
Our mission statement is:
Learning for Life
At Fawbert & Barnard’s we want all of our pupils to enjoy school – whilst also becoming resilient, ambitious, independent learners who are prepared for a changing, global society.
These 5 values support our children to meet this and strive to be lifelong learners.
At Fawbert and Barnard’s we have high expectations of the children and their behaviour in school. We recognise that the conduct of the children, their behaviour towards others and their attitude to learning, are central to a child’s progress and achievement.
Positive behaviour is encouraged at all times using rewards and sanctions. We expect pupils to be polite and self-controlled, to have regard for others and a respect for authority. There are times when our expectations and their performance do not match but we set a high standard of personal behaviour in the hope that with care and encouragement the pupils will eventually attain it. All serious behaviour problems are reported to parents and we work together with the pupil, for a successful outcome.
The school’s approach can be briefly summarised as:
- Providing a safe, caring and supportive environment for all pupils to learn
- Using positive behaviour management techniques and praise wherever possible
- Providing a consistent, clear and progressive system of rewards and sanctions
Pupils are involved, for example by contributing to their class code at the beginning of the year. Parents are involved by signing the Home School agreement when their child enters the school, and by receiving regular updates.
See the Behaviour Policy for full details
The school was originally set up as a nondenominational school and became an academy in 2017.
We greatly value our assemblies. They are a time in the day when we all come together as a community. They give us chance to think and reflect: they can be lively and fun, or sometimes more serious and quiet. We love singing and are really enjoying the new songs we have found based on our values.
Regular visitors help lead our assemblies – Tony Mayes from Harlow Baptist Church visits once a month, and a local group of Christians – Great Open Door – come twice a year. We have also had visits from other religious leaders and people in the local community.
We mark the festivals of the major world religions, as well as reflecting on notable events and awareness days or weeks such as Black History month.
Opportunities to develop leadership and responsibility:
Responsibility is encouraged in all children, and they all have the chance to take on special roles from time to time in their own class. In addition, there are many other opportunities to serve the whole school including: School Council, Play leaders, librarians, House Captains and Prefects. Prefects, librarians and House Captains are Year 6 roles, whilst Play leaders are from Year 5. Pupils have to apply for these roles, delivering manifestoes, or application letters and attending interviews. Those prefects who are successful support teachers with classes, show visitors around the School and help in the office at lunchtimes.
We also have a Head Girl and Boy to represent the school at different events, these pupils are selected by all the staff as someone who has impressed us over their time at Fawbert and Barnard's.
At Fawbert and Barnard’s Primary School, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum.
A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
The British values are:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs
To do this our children will develop:
- An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
- An acceptance that people having different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour
- An understanding of the importance or identifying and combating discrimination