At Mangotsfield Church of England Primary School our school motto is:
“Working together to be even better today than we were yesterday.”
This applies equally to every single member of our school community and fosters a sense of family and pride from every single stakeholder.
Our Lighthouse Values
At Mangotsfield Church of England Primary School we base our values on 12 'Lighthouses' which are closely linked to Christian values. We reinforce these at every opportunity.
Watch us singing our Mangotsfield Lighthouse song in collective worship.
How we teach about British Values at Mangotsfield
Lord Nash, at the launch of the government’s guidance on promoting British Values (Nov 2014), said:
‘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 tolerance, regardless of background. We want every school to promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. This ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.’
At Mangotsfield, we teach about British Values through a combination of their integration into our school Lighthouse Values, through our Christian distinctivenes and through the subjects in our curriculum which have explicitly linked British Values embedded within them.
Democracy: Our pupils have many opportunities to learn about Democracy in action and how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process. We have the hustings and election of School Council members and House Captains. The School Council plays a large part in our decision-making, including the appointment of new teachers. As well as this, Circle Time is used by classes to discuss issues and find resolutions.
Rules for Life: Our Behaviour Policy is thoroughly reinforced at every level. Behaviour Books, Rockets, Grumpy Clouds, Sunshines, Certificates and Notes Home are all used to help reinforce ‘good choices’ and the rules we need to live by day by day. Each class writes a Code of Conduct at the beginning of each year which is agreed by children, staff and parents.
Anti-Bullying Week: We hold this event annually, when we focus on similarities, differences and pride in being individuals. This encourages tolerance and respect.
RE: Although we are a Church of England school, we welcome all faiths and none. All the major faiths are studied as part of our Religious Education curriculum, together with visits to key places of worship. The school regularly asks parents to share their personal understanding of particular faiths by speaking to classes as part of a topic on a particular religion. This reinforces the understanding that we are free to hold onto our own faiths and beliefs.
Cultural Diversity: Each year we map out our programmes of study, we try to maximise opportunities for children to realise that people from many cultures and many countries have made major contributions to the worlds of Science, Maths, Art, Exploration etc.
Heritage: Our History and Geography curricula reflect on our cultural heritage and how past events have shaped our modern democracy. The children learn about selflessness and sacrifice in World War Two; working conditions and fairness in Victorian Britain; and styles of government in Ancient Greece.