At Gillamoor CofE Primary School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. British values and excellent moral behaviours are at the heart of our school ethos. We believe our core Christian values Loving and care, Honesty and Respect are values for life which support British values and we ensure that the fundamental British Values (Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs) are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. We have extremely high expectations that our children will be well behaved, well-mannered, empathetic and inclusive at all times. Our children are also taught to be confident in their own views without falling out, an important skill to take through to adulthood.
All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our Collective Worship experiences alongside RE and PSHE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Through our Learning Means the World Curriculum, children also learn about local, national and global issues and learn about diversity and opportunity. Our pupils embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
The whole school community is encouraged to think about and help those less fortunate than ourselves. We support a range of charities which include the local food bank at Harvest time and during the time in the school, pupils have the opportunity look for ways to take action in the local area through the Archbishop of York Young Leader Scheme in both KS1 and KS2. We also take part in national days such as Children in Need to raise money for others.