Vision and Values | In Action  

"Learn for Life"

Mount Pleasant Primary School provides a learning environment that opens up the world and takes the pupils on a journey to discover and challenge their thinking.

We aspire to ignite a passion for life-long learning.

To develop great thinkers who embrace challenges.

Promoting curiosity, enthusiasm and independence.

The notion that we have a school that develops children in to more than a ‘set of results’ is the bedrock of our vision and ethos for Mount Pleasant Primary School . Our school aims to develop children in to ‘good citizens’, who will go on to do ‘great things’. Developing children’s character, through positive attitudes, resilience, bravery, kindness and care are central to daily life at Mount Pleasant Primary School.

This bedrock encompasses all of school life, but particularly the approach and policies of the school in relation to:

  • Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic (PSCHE – including Relationships and Sex Education),

  • Fundamental British Values,

  • Behaviour

  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Moral (SMSC) aspects of school life.

In order to realise this vision, in every day practice and interaction, at Mount Pleasant Primary School, we live by a set of 6 virtues – which are articulated, recognised, lived and taught. These virtues, and ‘sub traits’ are:

*these sub traits have their own progressively planned year group expectations

 

Half Termly Virtue Focus


Each half term, there will be a half termly virtue of focus. This does not mean that others are ignored, but for that half term there will be:

  • A virtue launch assembly – focusing on the focus virtue and looking at the virtue in action, in stories and fables.

  • The half termly family group day will aim to promote and develop the virtue.

  • Class virtue ambassadors will all focus upon the current virtue – and award the class award for that week in the award/class assembly.

The aim of the half termly focus is to ensure that as a school community, we have a deep understanding of each virtue and it is actively promoted. The virtue for the half term is chosen in relation to staff views regarding which virtue focus would be a strong contributor to addressing any emerging issues within the school.

Specific Virtue Approaches


All virtues are promoted, interwoven and recognised and rewarded at all times, with smiles, but for some virtues, there are specific approaches taken in their active promotion. These are detailed below.

Fairness


This is closely linked to the Fundamental British Value of Democracy

  • PSCHE Curriculum – ‘relationships’ and ‘feelings and attitudes’, and ‘living in our world’ strands

  • A culture of voting – linked to the Fundamental British Value of Democracy. Election of School Council Members , voting  in Assemblies.

  • ‘Big Questions’ interwoven within our school curriculum – e.g. Should zoo’s exist? Should everyone have to work?  

  • Restorative approach to behaviour issues

  • Every child will represent the school at sporting events as an equitable offer – this is explained and valued

  • School Council  to work with the school SLT to improve the school

  • Global Citizenship curriculum – Global Goals / Fairtrade

Kindness


This is closely linked to the Fundamental British Value of Mutual Respect and Tolerance

  • PSCHE Curriculum – ‘relationships’ and ‘feelings and attitudes’, and ‘living in our world’ strands

  • School pets across school

  • Children draw up a range of local stakeholders whom they want to work with during the year . Choose School Charity for the year.

  • Reading stories and singing for local community events and locations – e.g. Christmas songs at the old people’s home

  • Collecting and raising money for charities – such as the local food bank and national charities, such as the NSPCC. Volunteering themselves as a resource – within school and community  

  • Buddies to support  those children who need it (a specific intervention for those who struggle to make friends)

  • Buddies in the dining hall to support children at lunchtime.

 

Respect


This is closely linked to the Fundamental British Values of Mutual Respect and Tolerance and the Rule of the Law

  • A strong RE curriculum – including trips to and visitors from a wide range of faiths

  • PSCHE Curriculum – ‘relationships’ and ‘feelings and attitudes’, and ‘living in our world’ strands

  • Outdoor Education Programme(Carlton) – respecting the outdoors and own and others’ safety

  • Children taking responsibility for their own environment – tidying, planning for and maintaining their own school environment (including tidying away own plates and cutlery)

  • A relentless focus by all staff on manners – children cannot take their lunch without saying please and thank you.

  • A conscious decision to ensure a range of people are invited in to school – reflecting a diverse population – e.g.  Methodist Church , PCSO , Dogs Trust.

  • Visiting a range of locations – teaching children how to ‘be’ in a church, theatre, gallery etc.

Bravery


This virtue links closely to Individual Liberty – being brave, to be oneself

  • Standing up for oneself and others – linked to our PSCHE curriculum themes of ‘relationships’, ‘feelings and attitudes’ and ‘people who help me’

  • Knowing how to recognise bullying – and the importance of bystanders

  • The creation of safe spaces for children to share, open up and articulate feelings and beliefs – by interweaving opportunities for children to discuss and debate regularly across the curriculum. Use of the Red Cushion / Emotional Health and Wellbeing Zone.

  • As children progress through school, we aim to develop leadership opportunities for them:

    • School Council

    • Rights Respecting Team

    • Librarians

    • Playground Leaders / Buddies

    • Digital Leaders.

    • Specific steering groups as required

    • Junior road Safety Officers

  • We see the ability to confidently speak as a prerequisite for bravery – if children can say it confidently, they will say it. As such, we expect children to speak in sentences and staff both model and expect this during interactions with children

  • Children are taught that being brave does not mean hiding your emotions – Red Cushion / Emotional Health and Wellbeing Zone are available.

Calmness


When children learn to remain cool and calm in a variety of situations, they can develop the skills of self-control, which leads to long term independence.

  • PSCHE Curriculum – ‘relationships’ and ‘feelings and attitudes’, and ‘mental wellbeing’ strands

  • The continual reward of those who do not react, but respond.

  • The Caretaker ‘Golden Broom Award’ for the tidiest classroom each week!  

Resilience

  • From day 1, children are encouraged to keep trying with appropriately faced challenges – whether these be academic, personal or social challenges. The notion of perseverance is valued highly

  • When children ‘sign up’ to a role, club or experience – we encourage children to ‘stick it out’

  • We deliberately have limited meal choices each day – we encourage children to try, try and try again – teaching children the value of aiming for a varied diet – and persevering towards it

  • The ‘mental wellbeing’ and ‘feelings and attitudes’ aspects of the PSCHE curriculum

  • Buddies and trainee buddies ‘Official Helpers’ in the Playground and dining Hall – these are the school’s ‘Official Helpers’, formally applying , going through interview and training,  must stick at it –with the privilege comes responsibility! At the end of the Year ‘Buddy of the Year’ is chosen to lead the Buddies in the next academic year.

Virtues Based Rewards


We reward the virtues and behaviours that we expect explicitly. We do this via:

  • School staff awarding Team Points based on the full range of virtues.  

  • The wining colour Team is rewarded at the end of the week .

  • The wining Team at the end of each half term have a non- uniform day , reward chose through democratic vote by School Council.

Other Awards include:

  • The class teacher ‘Attitude’ award, to recognise excellent work or effort, presented in weekly parent assembly.

  • The Headteacher ‘Golden Book’ entry of the week – recognising exceptional behaviours against the school virtues.

Mount Pleasant Primary School believes that values are very important. Values are things we believe in that help us to make decisions about how to behave. They are the principles that guide our lives. Some commonly held values include thoughtfulness, respect, trust, love, friendship, sharing, courage... There are lots more values and many overlap.

Some values are quite tricky to understand and difficult to do every day; others are easier to spot and simpler to do.

At Mount Pleasant Primary School we look at values in detail so that we all have the words to describe them to each other and know how to spot them in ourselves and in others. We will celebrate when people are showing values - by sharing them in celebration assembly, every day with smiley cards, sharing with parents by sending notes home. We are sure that parents will help our children to understand values at home and will celebrate with them as appropriate.

Thinking about values is not just something that helps us to learn when we are younger; it is a set of tools that we will carry with us all our life. Understanding values will help us to make difficult decisions even when we are grown--up. To feel valued is a special thing and something we want to make sure everyone experiences at Mount Pleasant Primary School.

Mount Pleasant Primary School​

Newton Lane

Darlington

Co. Durham

DL3 9HE

Lingfield Education Trust DPO

cbracken@lingfieldeducationtrust.com

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Tel: 01325 244 950

Email: admin@mountpleasant.darlington.sch.uk