Values & Ethos
Our School Vision
At Florence Melly Community Primary, we are committed to providing inspirational and innovative teaching and the highest quality learning experiences for all our pupils. We aim to create an environment which promotes a love of learning and empowers our children to become independent, lifelong learners. Our children are the ‘jewels in our crown’ and we ensure every child is valued and encouraged to achieve their full potential.
- To skilfully support and guide our pupils to become independent, resilient, motivated learners and challenge them to take responsibility for their learning.
- To provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment which celebrates cultural diversity. An environment where everyone is valued and their efforts appreciated.
- To develop learners who value themselves and their achievements and respect others and the environment in which they live.
- To provide a balanced and broad curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of the pupils in our school and community. A curriculum which prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
- To offer rich, personalised and unforgettable learning experiences which inspire the children.
- To recognise the full potential of our children, encourage them to be ambitious and value the progress they make.
- To provide a safe physical and emotional environment that reflects the cultural diversity of the school.
- To foster a mutually supportive partnership between home, school and our community.
Our Core Values
We have six simple school values which permeate all aspects of life at Florence Melly Community Primary. These values are centred round the acronym: DREAMS. We believe that if you can dream it, you can do it!
D is for Determination. We believe that a dream doesn’t become a reality through magic, it takes sweat, hard work and determination. At Florence Melly, that is reinforced everyday through our ‘if first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again’ attitude. Our children are taught that determination is key to success and our equally determined staff work tirelessly to ensure that all of our pupils achieve the best outcomes possible. If you can dream it, with determination, you can do it. At Florence Melly Community Primary, we are DETERMINED.
R is for Resilience. At Florence Melly Community Primary, we value resilience and promote the importance of perseverance and courage when faced with a dilemma. Ensuring our children are resilient is an important priority at Florence Melly Community Primary. We ensure that our pupils are fully equipped to take on new challenges and confidently take risks to improve their learning experiences. They understand that to become independent learners they must develop strategies to cope with adversity and thrive when faced with a challenge. Our pupils don’t give up at the first hurdle, instead they keep going and try new ways to overcome the barriers. At Florence Melly Community Primary, we are RESILIENT.
E is for Empowerment. We firmly believe that with support and encouragement, the children of Florence Melly Community Primary can achieve great things. We never settle for second best! We set high expectations for our children, staff and governors and encourage them to be the best they possibly can. We develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes of our pupils to promote ambition and a strong drive to succeed. We firmly believe that if you can dream it, you can do it! We want our pupils to be ready for a competitive world after their school lives. We want them to invest in their education and learning. All skills, strengths, interests and levels of ability are celebrated and built upon at our school, which helps ensure that all of our stakeholders feel empowered. Children are given the opportunity to discuss their views on a range of issues. They are regularly consulted on new developments within the school and have opportunities to express their opinions. After all, it is their school. At Florence Melly Community Primary, we are EMPOWERED.
A is for Appreciation. Ensuring that all members of the Florence Melly community feel appreciated and that they appreciate others, is fundamental at our school. Mutual respect is at the heart of our school’s values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Our pupils are grateful for the opportunities they are given and they appreciate the hard work and commitment of our dedicated staff, volunteers and governors. They are empathetic towards others and we place a great emphasis on promoting and celebrating diversity. Our children are thankful for what they have and recognise that they have to take the opportunities presented to them and not waste their talents. At Florence Melly Community Primary, we are APPRECIATIVE.
M is for Motivation. At Florence Melly, we want our children to attend school, everyday, motivated and enthusiastic to learn. We achieve this by providing exciting, engaging activities which stimulate their curiosity and instil a love of learning. Our pupils’ don’t coast through lessons, picking up the minimum they need to learn, they strive to be the best they can be and challenge themselves. They recognise that they are responsible for their own learning. Our staff understand that each individual is unique and that they need motivating in different ways. That’s why we personalise our pupils learning experiences to inspire them, so they feel motivated to learn and reach their full potential. At Florence Melly Community Primary, we are MOTIVATED.
S is for Safety. Keeping our children safe is our number one priority and everyone at Florence Melly is committed to ensuring we achieve this. Our children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Our teachers and teaching assistants plan activities to ensure that the pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe, to develop positive and healthy relationships and how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited. We offer expert workshops to pupils and parents on topical safeguarding issues to provide them with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to deal with these issues. Our Governors monitor and challenge school leaders and staff to ensure that the highest standards of safety are constantly maintained. At Florence Melly Community Primary, we are SAFE.
DREAMS – if you can dream it, you can do it!
Our curriculum is based on these core values which are of equal importance.
The DfE have reinforced the need for schools to “promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”. At Florence Melly these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Children are given an opportunity to discuss their views on a range of issues. This could be as part of a debate in a Literacy lesson, during circle time or another PSHE lesson or during collective worship. Children are regularly consulted on new developments within the school, for example the recent behaviour policy. They also have opportunities to choose rewards for attendance and behaviour. Many children serve on the school council, Liverpool Schools Parliament and as Junior Lord Mayor of Liverpool. Children have opportunities to express their opinions in regular surveys around behaviour, safety, bullying and aspects of the curriculum. As part of our PSHE curriculum children are taught about voting and debating, the local council, rules and laws and local courts.
Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. We have close links with our local police station and officers visit the school on a regular basis. As part of our PSHE curriculum we look at anti social behaviour, rules and laws, local courts and people who help us. Our children were also involved in the development and implementation of our school rules, ethos and class charters.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and PSHE lessons. Children are encouraged to be independent learners, to make choices about their learning and their participation in the numerous extra-curricular opportunities in school.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our school’s values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those with different faiths or beliefs
We place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.