Aims, Vision and Values

Finham Primary School & Nursery is a vibrant 'child-centred' learning community that is part of a family of schools in Finham Park Multi Academy Trust. We have based our school ethos on 5 key values:

Teamwork - Together we can achieve so much more.

Respect - For each other, our school, our community and our world.

Integrity - Doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.

Enjoyment - Being in our element and finding our talents.

Discipline - Having the self-control and determination to never give up.

At Finham, children receive a holistic education, that nurtures their unique skills and talents. Although children will develop at different rates, they all deserve a bespoke, values led, inclusive education and an excellent start in life. We strive for the highest standards. This is achieved by challenging, whilst supporting and nurturing each and every child.

Children at Finham learn through a broad and balanced, relevant curriculum that challenges and inspires them to learn, by putting cognitive approaches at the centre of the objectives and activities. Our holistic curriculum encompasses: physical, intellectual, emotional, social, cultural, moral and spiritual development. It also builds self–esteem and confidence. Accordingly, pupils are able to apply and transfer their knowledge and understanding to reasoning and problem solving thereby giving them a greater depth of comprehension.

Our staff are part of a committed team where we celebrate distinctiveness and individuality. Every member of staff brings their own unique set of talents and experiences to motivate and support children along their educational journey. Through coaching, mentoring and high- quality action research, we are developing and modelling a research partnership that allows staff to continue their learning. This ensures that children reach the high expectations that we set for all.

Fundamental British Values

The DfE have 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, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

In line with the Department for Education’s five-part definition, we promote the following British values at Finham Primary;

British Values | St Patrick's Catholic Primary School

We actively promote British values in school to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.  Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’.

Democracy
  • Election of pupil leaders e.g. School Council, Eco Council, Online Safety
  • Carry out roles and responsibilities; talk about who helps us in our country
  • Vote on decisions to be made
  • Express their views and opinions e.g. surveys, RE & PSHE lessons 
Rule of law
  • Learn our school values and rules e.g class, school and playground
  • Follow online safety and personal safety guidance 
  • Visits from Police and Fire Services help reinforce responsibilities we all have and consequences of not following the rules
  • Exploring right and wrong, co-operation, individual and shared responsibility
Individual liberty
  • Make informed choices in a safe and supportive environment e.g. behaviour, rewards, online safety, lunch choices & participation in after school club
  • Celebrating individuality e.g. what you are good at & enjoy doing
Mutual respect
  • Welcoming invited people to our school
  • Learning about friendship and getting along
  • Learn about our school values, including 'respect'
  • Safeguarding ourselves and others: including Online safety and Taking Care
  • Learn about our own other cultures, religions, beliefs and practices
  • Have opportunities to express own views and beliefs.
  • Eco leaders promote respect for the environment e.g. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs 
  • Explore a range of cultures through R.E., assemblies, educational visits
  • Promote diversity through our celebrations of faiths and different cultures
  • R.E. and PSHE lessons promote tolerance and respect
  • Host daily acts of worship and assemblies including representation from different faiths
  • Visit places of worship from a range of faiths