Introduction

St. Michael's CE Primary School

We are a four class rural Primary School plus a Pre-School with around one hundred children located in Bodenham in the North of Herefordshire.

Our pupils generally live close to the school in the Bodenham area and the villages and hamlets around, however some children come from further away.

Our building was originally built in the 1860's and then considerably extended in the 1970's. It has been kept up to date as a well maintained and calm learning environment, with much recent refurbishment making the school an even more welcoming place to learn and to visit. There are extensive grounds and outdoor facilities to enhance the outdoor and sporting opportunities available.

The school itself takes pupils from the year that they are five, up to eleven years. In our successful Pre-School, we accept children from just over two years old.

School Times Morning Afternoon
Key Stage 1 8.50am to 12.00 noon 1.15pm to 3.30pm
Key Stage 2 8.50am to 12.15pm 1.15pm to 3.30pm

In our Voluntary Aided School:

  • The land and buildings are owned by the church, but the governing body is responsible for running the school.
  • The school is part funded by the Local Authority, partly by the governing body, and partly by the Church of England (in terms of some of the building work).
  • The governing body employs the staff (unlike a community school where this is done by the Local Authority).
  • The Admissions Policy is determined and administered by the governors, although this also has to comply with certain criteria laid down by Local Authority/National guidelines.
  • The church appoints a number of Governors.
  • The Local Authority provides support services.
  • Pupils have to follow the National Curriculum.

Our Mission Statement

St. Michael's is a Faith school. We are Voluntarily Aided by the Local Authority, but we are very much under the umbrella of the Church, with many links to the Diocese of Hereford. We feel that this adds immeasurably to the ethos and the experience of children and staff at our school.

Our mission statement is short but it says what we feel is important for our school to do:

"To enable high quality learning in a safe and caring Christian environment, to prepare all pupils physically, mentally and spiritually for their future."

Promoting British 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.'

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At St. Michael's these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

Democracy is well-represented within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The elections of Eco Club reps, for example each year are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves an annual review which the pupils vote on as class groups.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, for example. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide 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 advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE 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.

Mutual Respect

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as 'Respect', and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school 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

This is achieved through enhancing pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. The school has a high-profile link to a school in Tanzania, East Africa which has been very successful in developing the children's understanding of their place in a global community. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

Safeguarding

The school is committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding children. Our school will support all children by promoting a caring, safe and positive environment. Our school will encourage self esteem and self assertiveness and will effectively tackle bullying and harassment.

We recognise that some children may be victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or if you receive a disclosure you must contact either Mrs Liz Alty or Mrs Karen Watkins as soon as possible.

Grounds of St. Michael's Primary School