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AT OAKMERE PRIMARY SCHOOL, WE BELIEVE THAT WHEN NURTURED AND DEVELOPED WELL, TALL OAKS FROM LITTLE ACORNS GROW
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OUR PHILOSOPHY AT OAKMERE PRIMARY IS; WHEN SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES WORK CLOSELY TOGETHER, OUR CHILDREN ALWAYS DO BETTER
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FROM THE CLASSROOM TO THE PLAYGROUND, THE ATMOSPHERE IS AT OAKMERE PRIMARY SCHOOL IS VIBRANT AND INSPIRING
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HERE, AT OAKMERE PRIMARY SCHOOL, WE BELIEVE IN THE PRINCIPLES OF FRIENDSHIP, RESPECT, OPPORTUNITY AND SELF-DISCIPLINE
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TEAMWORK IS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO; TEACHERS, STAFF, PUPILS AND PARENTS; ALL WORKING WELL TOGETHER
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WE PUT A GREAT EMPHASIS ON TEAM SPORTS AT OAKMERE PRIMARY, OUR SCHOOL TEAMS ARE HARDWORKING AS WELL AS SUCCESSFUL
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DEVELOPING RESOURCEFUL, RESILIENT AND REASONABLE CITIZENS WHO DO THEIR BEST, IS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO
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THE MOMENT YOU STEP THROUGH OUR SCHOOL GATES, YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN WILL FEEL AT HOME; THAT'S OUR AIM AT OAKMERE PRIMARY
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AT OAKMERE PRIMARY SCHOOL OUR STAFF AND PUPILS AIM HIGH, ACHIEVE MORE; ENCOURAGE, SUPPORT AND MOTIVATE EACH OTHER

Our Underpinning 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 Oakmere these values are reinforced regularly through our Rights Respecting Rules based on the UNICEF Rights of The Child.

WE DO THIS IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:

DEMOCRACY
Democracy ripples throughout the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School and Eco Councils and Pupil Voice questionnaires. The elections of Councillors, House Captains, as well as the winner of the Star Of The Week Award, are in the hands of the children. Our school behaviour policy clearly states that every child has ‘The Right to a Voice’ that is heard and respected.

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; Fire Service etc. 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 safely, through our 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. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.