Values & Ethos
What we are all about…Our School Ethos!
Florence Melly Community Primary School is a very special place; it is a place where everyone feels like they belong! We are a family…the Flo Melly family! We respect, encourage and appreciate each other so that everyone feels valued, included and treated equally. We treat our children like we would our own…with the love and attention they deserve as unique individuals. We create a safe and inclusive environment that allows our pupils and staff to thrive. We create an environment which promotes a genuine love of learning and empowers our children to become independent, lifelong learners. They are the ‘jewels in our crown’ and we want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are so that they achieve their full potential; academically, socially and emotionally. We encourage them to embody our core values and believe that ‘if they can DREAM it, they can do it!’
Our Core Values
We have six core values that permeate all aspects of life at Florence Melly Community Primary. These values are deeply embedded into the fabric of our school and we use them as the bedrock across all aspects of school life. These values are centred round the acronym: DREAMS.
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.
is for Respect (our newest value – changed from ‘resilience’ at the start of the 2023/24 academic year). Mutual respect is at the heart of our school’s values. Our children learn that respect is integral to the way our school works, and to the way in which we all behave towards one another. Our pupils: speak respectfully, behave respectfully, respect the school environment, respect their learning and the learning of others. At Florence Melly Community Primary, we are RESPECTFUL!
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.
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.
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.
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.