Throughout the school we promote the values of tolerance, respect and responsibilities amongst others, helping to prepare our children for life in modern Britain. On this page you can read more about some of the ways we do this.
Tolerance of Other Faiths and Beliefs
We have close links to the local churches and have daily Collective Worships, which explain Christian festivals as well as significant events in the years of other faiths. We regularly support charities and people in need - including the Dales Centre in Bedale, The Millings Care Home and communities afar such as in India, through the Friends of Mettupalayam. We promote the understanding of other faiths and beliefs throughout the curriculum from dedicated RE lessons through Geography, History and multicultural stories through English lessons. Through the support of the school council and the use of voting, we have all worked together to decide which charities we would like to support this year. These include Cancer Research, Brain Cancer Research and the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Our school was very fortunate to receive funding to create a Spiritual garden; working together we planned and developed this area. We collected ideas from across school, created a design and then used this to build a garden to suit the needs of our school community. We then held a grand opening.
Currently, children have access to the garden at playtimes, lunchtimes as well as during lesson times, allowing pupils of all faiths and none to have a quiet area to reflect. Services will continue to take place for each class (with the support of the church) and the Collective Worship leaders. This is an important part of ensuring that the spiritual and emotional aspect of our school life is embraced, valued and developed.
For over twenty years now, we have had links with Mettupalayam in India through the Friends of Mettupalayam Trust (click here for their Facebook page), raising money for development projects such as building a new school and buying resources to support the community. We have raised lots of money over the years for the projects. In previous years, members of staff have visited India as well as having guests from the village here in Bedale to see our school.
We continue to receive newsletters from the charity on a regular basis, these tell us more about current events; meanwhile in school we continue to think of other ways that we can support their ongoing work. On a termly basis, we have an update in Collective Worship and enjoy opportunities to welcome visits from the Friends of Mettupalayam.
When Mrs Eldridge comes to visit school, she tells us more about the most recent work taking place in Mettupalayam and also answer lots of questions. During her visits she shares photographs of the work that is going on and explains the projects and the impact that they have had. We have also seen examples of typical Indian dress during these visits. We always find it interesting to develop our understanding of the work being done in Mettupalayam and also more about life in a different culture to our own.
In the past we have raised money and made resources to be used in Mettupalayam. One such item was an interactive play mat. We have received a number of photographs showing how grateful the children and staff were for this resource and demonstrating how they will be able to use it.
We are regularly sent updates from the Friends of Mettupalayam, who tell us all about recent events and update us on the work being done.
We are so fortunate to have Mrs Eldridge regularly come into school to talk to each year group about Mettupalayam. The children enjoy listening to Mrs Eldridge share her experiences, photographs and objects from Mettupalayam.
In February 2022, Year 1 and EYFS were excited to welcome Mrs Eldridge to talk about Mettupalayam. We thought about what it would be like to live in India, we also compared our school to the one in Mettupalayam. All the children were so surprised when Mrs Eldridge told them the school has a cow and they drink the cows milk at snack time. The children enjoyed looking at the different photographs of the village and inside of their school and loved trying on the traditional clothing.
In March, Mrs Eldridge led a Collective Worship, where she gave us an update on what has been happening in Mettupalayam over the last few months, including a Christmas party, flooding and Diwali.
Mrs Eldridge visited year 3 to discuss food and farming in Mettupalayam. She told us it is hot all year round but there are monsoons in November. The Children have school uniform like us, and the followed religion is mainly Hinduism. The Year 3 children enjoyed learning more about other cultures and compare the similarities and differences to India and England.
In her most recent visit, Mrs Eldridge joined Year 6 for an RE lesson. She updated us on life in Mettupalayam post pandemic and showed us lots of pictures of Venkat, the other teachers and the children. We were most inspired by the photo of the local MP greeting the children as we learnt that she had been a pupil at the school and we were amazed that she had gone on to become a member of parliament. Mrs Eldridge helped us understand that without the school, this would never have been possible. We linked this opportunity, and the other benefits of the school and its role in the wider community, to our studies about The Rights of the Child, which we were learning about in RE.
Individual Responsibility and Liberty
We give our pupils a range of responsibilities and jobs around school from personal responsibilities like remembering to bring in homework, reading books and PE kits through to classroom responsibilities and whole-school responsibilities like helping with school dinners and our KS2 children helping the children on our KS1 playground. We also have a well-established house system (with termly rewards for the house with the most merits) with house captains, as well as sports captains and a head boy and head girl. The house captains lead house worship sessions while the sports captains are involved in selecting and coaching sports teams taking part in inter-school tournaments. Each class has two school council representatives, with our Year Six pupils working alongside teachers to run the school council. We also have peer mentors who help other children with the support of staff and our digital leaders have helped support teachers in their lessons as well as leading assemblies and sessions for pupils in other year groups, such as during Safer Internet Day. Our reading ambassadors have also led collective worship for the school, sharing books and promoting their own love of reading across the school. We have developed the contribution and opportunities for children to lead collective worship. When a theme or event, either in school or within our community, has inspired our pupils we offer them opportunities to share their interest and work by taking and collective worship. Where appropriate they are then offered chance to lead further future worships to update the school community on their continued work.
Throughout the year, we encourage the children to use the local facilities and get involved in local activities, including promoting sports events and courses (e.g. Wensleydale Rugby, Bedale Juniors Football Club, Bedale Cricket Club, Bedale Tennis Club). Every year group visits Bedale library once during the academic year; this has enabled many more children to become members and they continue to use the facility on a regular basis.
In the Summer term 2022, the pupils in Year Six worked independently to organise and lead our annual Fun Run including dozens of stalls positioned around our school field - raising money for charity. This is an annual event that everyone looks forward to every year!
We are very keen to look after our local community and keep it looking spick and span; our school council organises a monthly litter pick in which the number of children and parents volunteering to help have increased steadily over the years.
Our Global Awareness Club meets weekly and since September 2021, have looked at a number of local, national and global charities to support. After having a visit from Hambleton Foodshare, the group collected lots of food and donated it to Bedale’s foodbank in town. Another project they have been involved in was linked to the Knit A Square Charity, although they found knitting a bit tricky, the children involved managed to all knit a square which were then combined to make a blanket to help keep children in Africa warmer at night. When the Ukraine crisis hit, the group organised a sponsored fun run and fitness session to raise money to donate to the British Red Cross who are helping people in the war-torn country. They shared all their ideas and hard work with the other children in the school when they presented their projects in collective worship.
We promote mutual respect for others throughout everything we do in and out of school, including: a range of visitors to school sharing their experiences such as PCSOs, fire officers; daily collective worship and candle time for quiet reflection; a consistent school behaviour policy including merits reward system; a Code of Conduct for our sports teams (click here) and welcoming parents to our school for regular open afternoons.
We have enjoyed visits from the local clergy to our classrooms to learn more about religion: Year Five particularly enjoyed interviewing Rev. Simon and Rev. Gareth about ‘Who is God?’
Year 3 were fascinated to hear all about food and farming in Mettupalayam when Mrs Eldridge came in to share her knowledge with them.
Rule of Law
We have visits from our local PCSOs as well as North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service to discuss road safety, fireworks and bonfire night, e-safety and other aspects of the law. Our Year Six pupils also attend Crucial Crew each year and have the opportunity to take part in Bikeability training to help them understand the rules of the road. Even our youngest children in the school learn about how to be safe – they loved taking part in Scooter Day earlier in the year; this included how to keep safe whilst using their scooters.
We also discuss how the rules in school relate to rules and laws in the wider-world, including the importance of following and the consequences for breaking these laws. Our units of work in our PSHE sessions (Becoming An Active Citizen and Me and My Future) help greatly with our understanding of these laws.
Each class follows the school rules and have their own "Class Charter" of rules, created and agreed by the children at the start of the year, which are displayed in every room along with rewards and consequences.
In school we have a ‘Bedale Ballot Box’ that the children can use to vote on various topics during the year. We also discuss local and national elections and what they mean for the way the country is run. Each class also votes for their school council representatives and Year 6 pupils vote for next year's heads of school. Classes discuss issues they would like their school council representative to raise at school council meetings and have a say in decisions around the school, including which charity we should raise money for and improvements to the environment.
Pupils are able to complete surveys and take part in pupil voice sessions in which they can give their thoughts on a range of subjects within school, such as: clubs on offer, sports available, feeling safe, lunchtimes and the curriculum.