Values and Ethos Survey – Staff Views
At Archbishop Cranmer CE Academy staff, parental and community feedback is extremely valuable to us as it helps us to make our school an even better place to be for our children and the community we serve. When looking closely at our school mission and vision statements to ensure they continue to demonstrate our Christian values and ethos as we move forward into the future and a new school year, we wanted to gather the views of our staff, parents, carers and the local community.
Questions and Responses from Staff:
What does out school mission statement, ‘Striving for Life in All its Fullness’ (John 10:10), mean to you?
- For all to have a wealth of opportunities to develop personally and academically.
- For children to get the very best from life and its opportunities, and for school to be a place where they can thrive and reach their full potential.
- It encompasses all that we do at ABC, that it is not just about academic achievement but setting our children up for embracing life and all of its opportunities.
- Making the most of opportunities.
- That we provide opportunities for all students to lead a full and varied life through the opportunities we provide at school.
- Aiming to be the best possible version of yourself through offering a wealth of opportunities to find ways to live your life in its fullest form.
How do we as a school demonstrate our mission statement, ‘Striving for Life in All its Fullness’ (John 10:10)?
- A well planned and delivered aspirational curriculum, including enrichment alongside Christian Values.
- With excellent staff, teaching and great opportunities for the children in our care
- Through our take care ethos by providing a broad and creative curriculum, by providing varied experiences and opportunities through visits and external providers, extra-curricular events and clubs and reinforcing our values and celebrating who our pupils are as well as what they are able to achieve academically.
- Culture of opportunity and inclusive education.
- By providing a culture of opportunity for all students in all areas of the curriculum. By providing a rich, broad, balanced, active curriculum with profound personal development at its core.
- Getting the best out of life in all areas.
- Through the culture of opportunities we provide and create for the children. Offering them a range of experiences to shape their lives now and in the future. Staff and pupils encourage one another to live out the motto through creating a nurturing and positive learning environment where pupils are celebrated for their achievements, no matter how small or great. Children are encouraged to push themselves further and further and there are no limits to what they are able to achieve.
‘Take Care’ is displayed and referred to in many places around school, including the school entrance. What does this mean to you? How is this demonstrated by the pupils, staff and wider school community?
- Take care with our work, environment and each other. Children and staff aspire to be the best they can in all they do. Children take care through presentation of their work and how they look after the school, resources and each other. Staff show take care work through their lessons, classroom environment and being a role model.
- Take care work.. Take care of each other... Take care of our environment....
- It is at the heart of everything we do, that we take care of ourselves, our school each other and our world. HeartSmart reinforces the importance of being loved and loving others. It is cementing a solid moral code of what is important and how we should conduct ourselves. Staff set the example through their conduct and approach to teaching and by the way we embrace any visitors or members of our local community.
- Being and showing the best version of oneself in every sphere.
- We take care of ourselves our school, our work and the world in all we do. We have our school pledge and take care points with bronze, silver and gold and platinum awards given out for receiving them. We have Gold Book assemblies when take care work is celebrated. We nominate children for integrity awards and Christian Value awards. We have a Take Care corridor code of conduct. All the staff model high expectations and standards to the children. We have our Take Care hand which links to our school values and which underpins all we do.
- Promoted on documentation i.e. headed paper, website etc, staff training, assemblies, encouraging staff and pupils to be the best they can be.
- Take Care is to look after others, yourself, the world and your work through the attitudes you hold and the respect you demonstrate. The staff model take care expectations through their behaviour and relationships with the children. Children are celebrated for their achievements in many ways – Christian Values, Take Care Points, House Points which also encourages and instils this behaviour. Children leave Archbishop Cranmer as polite and proud young learners.
‘Be Proud’ is displayed and referred to in many places around school, including the school entrance. What does this mean to you? How is this demonstrated by the pupils, staff and wider school community?
- Be proud of being part of our special school, celebrating the achievements and successes of all, no matter how small or large they may seem.
- By outstanding work that pupils are proud of.....pupils and staff being proud of the environment they are taught in and proud to achieve amazing things at school and in the wider community.
- Celebrating all that is good is really important both for the children and for visitors to the school. We all work extremely hard and showcasing take care work encourages the expected standard and recognises effort. Being proud of who we are is also celebrated through integrity awards and Christian value nominations. This shows the parents how proud we are of our school and our children.
- Being confident in our achievements and living up to them in new activities.
- Our culture of opportunity gives all our children the chance to 'show off' and be proud (assemblies, open afternoons to share work with parents, class assemblies showcasing great work, our wall of excellence showcasing great work, displays showing all children's work.
- No matter how small or large an achievement is to someone, everyone (children and adults) should be proud. For children who achieve in sports, school work or for something outside of school, children are encouraged to talk about and be proud of their achievements. This is reflected in the various awards and assemblies held. As adults we encourage the children and each other to do well in order to make our staff team stronger, in turn making the school the best it can be for everyone.
- Be Proud is to have self-worth in regard to your achievements, no matter what they are. Children at Archbishop Cranmer are celebrated for their individual and unique achievements in Gold Book (Integrity, CVAs), newsletters, displays, wall of excellence as well as collectively through sports, class attendance and many other things. Staff encourage this through positive but high expectations to encourage children to live life in all its fullness and be proud of everything they achieve.
Many thanks to those who took the time to complete this survey.