“Living Loving and Learning with God”
At Hurst Green we believe that every child has the right to ‘Live, Love and Learn with God”.
To discover and develop the full and divinely entrusted talents of each individual within a secure and caring Christian community.
Our six ‘Core Christian Values’ are intrinsic to our school:
To provide a safe environment where each child (and all members of the school community) knows how to keep themselves safe from harm and can name an adult in school they can talk to and share concerns with.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart”.
We support and educate our pupils and staff to help build their resilience and give them the tools and confidence to never give up and reach their full potential regardless of ability, background and circumstance.
“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love him”.
We aim to provide all children with a wide and rich curriculum that enables all children to succeed and help them to develop their unique talents.
“Blessed are those who find wisdom and gain understanding”.
Proverbs 3: 13-20
To gain the skills to forgive each other and move on just as Jesus did. We encourage making deliberate decisions that release feelings of resentment and allow progress in our relationships within school.
“Forgive no matter what they do to you”.
All members of the community at Hurst Green School have a sense of belonging and are given the opportunity to flourish, accept and embrace each other.
“Dear friends, let us love one another because love comes from God”
1 John 4:7
We respect everyone, showing empathy for all living things and value the qualities of each other.
“When he saw the crowds he had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd”
Our aim at Hurst Green School is to encourage pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in Britain. We actively promote the fundamental British Values and this forms part of our wider work in school with children in relation to their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC).
The British Values, as defined by the government, are :
Democracy The Rule of Law Individual Liberty Mutual Respect Tolerance of different Faiths and Beliefs
We teach a broad and balanced curriculum that teaches elements of democracy, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of different faiths. Actively promoting British Values also refers to challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values. At Hurst Green, values of tolerance and respect permeate all areas of school life. This creates a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and therefore allows them to learn and develop. Pupil voice plays an integral part in driving the schools forward.
These British Values are promoted throughout the curriculum, across the whole school. They are also seen in the school ethos, policies, assemblies, special events and cultural celebrations. The following are a selection of activities that are evidence of our commitment to British Values.
We teach children about Democracy through:
- Children being involved in democratic processes e.g. voting for pupil councillors, rewards and incentives
- School council
- Discussing issues and forming opinions
Visit from Hugh Merriman MP
We teach children about Rule of Law through:
- School behaviour policy
- Class rewards e.g. Class Dojo
- Head Teacher Awards
- End of year awards
- Class rules
- Visits from the police
We teach children about Individual Liberty through:
- Understanding responsibility in school in terms of behaviour and learning attitudes (well-being and learning zones)
- Pupil roles in school – school councillors, collective worship leaders, year 6 buddies
- School values
- Local and national fundraising
- Community links – singing at the village hall, taking harvest gifts to local people.
- Assembly – school council/ people who help us
- Challenging stereotyping and bias
- Sports values
Hurst Green football and netball teams
We teach children about Mutual Respect through:
- PSHE curriculum and assemblies
- Positive relationships encouraged and modelled
- Inclusive ethos
- RE curriculum
- School council
- Sports Day
- Participation in Rother Sports competitions with other schools
- Big Sing
- Trips – wider community
- Peer assessment
- Collaboration with other schools – Northiam and St Michaels Playden
Visit from author Brian Moses
We teach children about Tolerance through:
- Links with other schools
- Assemblies – stories from world faiths and cultures
- RE curriculum
- Reflection opportunities in assemblies
- School curriculum
- Inclusive school
- Special assemblies – Harvest, Christmas, Remembrance Day
Royal Wedding Street Party