PONTELAND PRIMARY SCHOOL VALUES

The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated in 2014. At Ponteland Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways::

Democracy
Each year the children decide upon the members of the school council

We also have playground buddies and an eco team. The playground buddies are trained to support the younger children in the school during lunchtime. The eco team have the responsibility of ensuring the school is ‘eco friendly’. We use rain water to water our plants. We try to recycle and try to minimise our waste.

Children are made aware of General Elections and other opportunities for public vote.

The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Ponteland Primary School.

Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are the School Rules, classroom rules and our school values. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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.

Individual Liberty
At Ponteland Primary 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 informed choices, through a safe environment and an 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 eSafety and PSHE lessons.

Mutual Respect
Mutual respect is at the heart of our 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 of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Ponteland Primary is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

Our School Rules are:
• Treat everybody and everything with respect
• Be kind and gentle
• Move calmly and quietly
• Work hard

Our School Values are:
• RESILIENCE
• LOVE
• COLLABORATION
• INTEGRITY
• KINDNESS
• FORGIVENESS
• FRIENDSHIP
• RESPONSIBILITY
• RESPECT
• EXCELLENCE
• EFFORT

Lynn Blain
Head Teacher

Ponteland Primary School Awards

Primary Science Quality Mark

We are delighted to receive the Primary Science Quality Mark at Silver level . Thank you to Miss Briggs who strived to achieve the PSQM award we are very proud of her and the children.

Sainsbury's School Games Award

We have been assessed for The School Games Mark and achieved silver status, only narrowly missing out on gold. The award recognises our commitment to developing sport within school and the wide range of opportunities we offer. Over the coming year we are determined to go for gold!

ICT Award

The school has achieved the ICT Mark accreditation for the second time, showing a commitment to ICT across the curriculum and in all other areas of the school’s operation.

Health and Wellbeing Audit

Well done to Ponteland Primary School on completing the requirements for the Health and Wellbeing Certification. Many thanks to Mrs Blyth for doing all that extra work which took a lot of effort and dedication.

Achieving this award again will make such a positive difference to everyone of us in school. Well done!

Antibullying Awards

Ponteland Primary School are proud of the fact that for five years running we have been awarded the Northumberland Anti bullying accreditation. To achieve this award annually we have to be able to demonstrate what we are doing, both, proactively to reduce bullying and reactively when bullying occurs.

Ponteland Primary School recognises that bullying is an issue to be taken seriously.

We believe that bullying behaviour is totally unacceptable and that where bullying is challenged effectively children will feel safe and happy and will learn to their full potential. Staff, governors, pupils and parents work together to ensure that we are able to continue to say, ‘No to Bullying’.

Eco School's Green Flag

We are very proud to announce that we were awarded Eco School’s Green Flag for the third time in July. We are one of just six schools in Northumberland to hold the award. Children from each class make up the Eco Council and we meet each Friday at lunch time. There are nine topics to be addressed for the award, energy, litter ,waste/recycling, water, transport, healthy living, biodiversity, school grounds and global perspective. All children in the school are involved in our eco work and families become involved during Switch Off Fortnight in November.

We will continue our eco work this year and this will go towards our next Green Flag renewal in July 2018. You can find out more about what we do by logging onto www.eco-schools.org.uk and www.keepbritaintidy.org/home/481. We have joined The Pod which supports our work and blogs and photographs from our school can be found at www.jointhepod.org.

Healthy School

We have now been awarded Enhanced Healthy School status. This is a result of school being successful in its two chosen priorities – to increase the uptake of school dinners and for all children to experience from “seed to fork”.We changed our catering contractor to Dolce with the result that the uptake in school dinners increased from 48% to 65%. Feedback from the surveys sent out show that pupils and parental satisfaction has much improved.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust has worked in school during the summer term and all classes were given tomato plants and seed potatoes to grow. Our gardening club has been very successful with their vegetables, some of which have been used in school dinners.

Fairtrade

The School Council wanted to explore becoming a Fairtrade School. During the year we have gained The Fairaware and Fairactive Awards and are now working towards the final Fairachiever Award. We took part in Fairtrade Fortnight this year, holding a whole school assembly on Fairtrade, led by the School Council. We also held a successful Fairtrade Cake Stall raising money which has been sent to the Fairtrade Foundation.