Ethos & aims

THE VISION AND VALUES OF THE FEDERATION

The Ethos of the Federation

  • As Church of England (VA) Schools, Lady Modiford’s and Meavy encourage the children to follow the principles of Christianity and a Christian lifestyle.
  • The schools encourage each child to realise their full potential by the provision of a caring, ordered and happy environment; an environment conducive to spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development regardless of age, gender, race, creed or exceptional needs.
  • The schools believe that it has a duty to foster qualities of character such as conscientiousness, independence, self-confidence, honesty and consideration for others.
  • We endeavour to keep fair, consistent discipline with positive reinforcement through praise and encouragement.

The Aims of the Federation:

We aim to:

Through professional leadership and a shared purpose, we aim to provide a learning society with a structured educational framework through which every child can develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially.

 We achieve this by:

Creating a strong school ethos shared by the whole federated community.

Placing the child at the centre of all we do.

Planning the curriculum together and in teams, to ensure continuity and progression of learning.

We aim to:

To provide a happy and caring atmosphere, creating a stimulating, imaginative environment, where each child can develop knowledge, concepts, attitudes and skills both in school life and to equip them to face an exciting future in an ever changing world.

We achieve this by:

Creating an ethos celebrating the individuality of Lady Modiford’s and Meavy as  church schools, their uniqueness and spirituality.

Requiring high standards and making those expectations clear to the children.

Encouraging positive attitudes to learning and valuing children who learn in different ways.

Creating an aesthetically working environment with good resources that are accessible to all.

Celebrating achievement through rewards, displays and certificate assemblies.

Enabling the children to enjoy extra-curricular activities.

We aim to:

place great emphasis on developing self-respect, self discipline, making decisions, consideration for others, politeness and conscientiousness in all our children.

We achieve this by:

Treating each other politely.

Considering the feelings of others.

Agreeing class and school codes of behaviour.

Encouraging children to work cooperatively.

Enabling children to fairly assess their own work and that of their peers.

Encouraging children to express their views.

Arranging educational visits and residential trips.

We aim to:

To meet fully all aspects of the National Curriculum and concentrate on improving the quality of teaching and learning with explicit high expectations.

We achieve this by:

Monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and learning regularly to ensure high standards.

We aim to:

Ensure the uniqueness of church schools

We achieve this by:

Delivering a relevant curriculum which is broad and balanced with links to direct experiences from the real world.

Listening to children and valuing ever child’s efforts.

Matching tasks to individual abilities.

Assessing children’s progress and agreeing achievable targets for improvement.

We aim to:

provide a sensitive programme of health education and sex education in the context of caring human relationships.

Sharing our values and aims with parents.

Delivering a sensitive programme through consultation with our Governors and in light of national directives.

Address other sensitive issues through PHSE opportunities.

We aim to:

encourage our children to appreciate their role in both the schools and the wider community, understanding their own culture and religion as well as respecting the beliefs and cultures of others.

We achieve this by:

Maintaining, and encouraging, links with the church, trustees and Diocese.

Inviting visitors from the wider community.

Class trips, visits and taking part in organised events outside school.

Providing regular opportunities to meet with parent to ensure open communication between home and school.

Working together with support agencies such as the school nurse and social services.

Liaising with our feeder groups, Tavistock Community College and other local ‘cluster’ schools.

Developing links with our own PTA.

We aim to:

encourage a respect for the natural and man-made world, develop environmental understanding and foster an appreciation of the importance of relationships between individuals and nations

We achieve this by:

Supporting a range of charitable organisations.

Implementing a programme of collective worship and PHSE, often with cross curricular links.

Teaching issues relating to local, national and global conservation.

We aim to:

provide opportunities to further develop expertise and enjoyment through a wide range of extra- curricular activities.

We achieve this by:

Children have a varied choice of clubs and the schools are entered into many tournaments, events and activities with other schools.

Christian values are clearly evidenced throughout the schools and the federation’s community expresses its values throughout all facets of federation life. Children understand the federation’s values as being distinctively Christian and identify how they affect their daily lives and their achievements. E.g. Classroom charters and rules, Fellowship Tree, Buddy Bench…

Pupils have an understanding of Christianity as a multi-cultural world faith and respect the diversity and difference within other faith communities. E.g. link with rural mainly Muslim Tanzanian School, Y3/4 visit to the Synagogue.

The Christian character and values of the schools contribute to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of learners. Pupils treat each other as equals and do not tolerate discrimination. Very positive relationships with adults who know them very well ensure a safe, harmonious school community. School records show that racist and bullying incidents are rare. Many learning opportunities develop pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. Consequently, pupils reflect deeply and have created the schools’ ‘values tree’ which portrays their collective aspirations. They ask searching questions about their world and the nature of God. They empathise with each other and recognise the positive in others. Pupils are developing their appreciation of what it means to grow up in modern British democratic society, while being aware of other cultures, as seen in their links with schools in Tanzania.

There are many planned experiences through the school’s curriculum, which provide opportunities for learners to explore spirituality. E.g. reflection areas and prayer spaces, animal husbandry through the keeping of chickens and the growing of crops in the poly tunnels, regular trips onto Dartmoor as well as further afield – recently the Y5/6 classes visited the Houses of Parliament (September 2016).

Most learners respond well in both academic and social situations. They are developing the ability to express their thoughts clearly and confidently on a range of subjects and to different audiences. EG Pupil Voice at Tavistock College, discussions of the ‘Big Questions’, response to visitors such as the Diocesan Education Officer, those from the LA and guests. Through the Café days, the pupils also hold conversations with the general public.

SUMMARY: The West Dartmoor Federation is a federation of caring schools which have a strong family atmosphere. Children are very supportive of one another and older children support younger ones in school, both formally in their first few weeks in school and informally throughout the year. Behaviour standards are now high and children have high moral standards. They are concerned for the welfare of others both locally and in the wider world.

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