At Dollis Primary School, we promote a culture of ‘Learning Through Diversity.’ We believe that education is about transforming the lives of young people so that they become successful adults, helping to deepen their understanding of human values and attitudes and developing their vision, ambition and aspirations. We also believe that it is about preparing pupils so that they gain the confidence and capacity to flourish in the British and global society of today and tomorrow.
We work collectively to ensure that pupils are able to make carefully considered lifestyle choices, develop and maintain friendships (including the responsible use of social media and digital technology) and discover forms of work that are fulfilling, enjoying and enriching their lives through discovery, reading and culture and face the future with calm intelligence and resourcefulness.
Through our school values of Respect, Honesty and Kindness, we have created an environment that allows all learners to flourish because mutual respect is encouraged alongside a strong desire to learn. The process begins with enabling every learner to recognise and realise his or her potential and capacity to achieve, and encouraging every learner to aspire and ‘aim high’.
Our children will be happy, engaged and positive about their futures. The staff, working alongside the pupils, are actively engaged in learning as they continually improve and develop their expertise and professionalism. A climate of high expectation is actively promoted to ensure our pupils reach their potential. We regularly review the work of the school so that our pupils want to take advantage of the best possible opportunities we create for them.
Aims and Values - How we will achieve our vision:
British values are promoted in much of what we do, during school assemblies, Religious Education, and PSHE sessions. The values are also integral to our vision and values. However, we recognise that these values are not unique to Britain. We acknowledge that they differ in no way from the values of the many countries and the cultural backgrounds represented by families at Dollis Primary. The British Values tie in with our own core values of respect, honesty and kindness.
Being part of Britain: We value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at Dollis Primary. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. We also value and celebrate national events (e.g. The Jubilees). Historically: Key moments in British history are studied in the topics (e.g. Great Fire of London).
Democracy: Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Democracy is central to how we operate e.g. election of school council, reflecting very much the British electoral system. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Parental opinions are also encouraged through our surveys. We also have an “open door” policy to parents/carers to ensure that all stakeholders feel confident in approaching us should they have any issues. Democracy is also taught through our curriculum eg: Greeks and Romans.
The Rule of Law: The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and through visitors e.g. Police, when reflecting on behaviour choices and consequences. Class rules and routines are clearly agreed and established to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Again in the curriculum the development of laws and an understanding of different rules / laws through history is taught through our various topics.
Individual Liberty: We promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our PSHE lessons.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs: We serve an area which is culturally diverse and we are extremely proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs e.g. Black History Month, Eid, Diwali, Chinese New Year etc. Tolerance, politeness and mutual respect are at the heart of our aims and ethos. Our curriculum also provides opportunities to learn about other faiths, beliefs and cultures.