Vision and Values

At Rickley Park we are determined to create an inclusive culture of learning where all children will be challenged in their thinking, to achieve to the best of their abilities and strive to become lifelong learners.

We will empower our children to become respected citizens to enable them to make valuable contributions locally, globally and to contribute to our world’s sustainable future.

Our Co-operative Values and British Values

As a Co-operative Academy our whole ethos is underpinned by the Co-operative values, as well as the traditional British values.  All of our work with children, parents, staff and governors is built on the foundation that these values provide. Our values are:

Equality - We have the same chances. We have the same choices.

As a school we strive to ensure that new opportunities are opened up to every member of our community through the work we do.  We are keen to raise the aspirations of each individual whilst they are at our school. We aim to ensure that children, parents, staff and governors all have the same opportunities to be involved and develop and encourage all to make the most of the chances that they are given.

We encourage our children to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment to enable them to do this. Through our PSHE lessons, and occasions where children do not meet our high expectations, we discuss different choices they may make and the consequences of those choices. Children are continually encouraged to make “good choices” by all adults working in school and this theme is revisited throughout PSHE and assemblies.

We encourage responsible independence by developing leadership qualities from an early age, with older children taking on a range of responsibilities within the school (e.g. assembly monitors, playground pals, tuck shops helpers).

The importance of making safe choices when using the Internet is explored regularly through the computing curriculum and shared with the whole school as part E-Safety/Anti-Bullying assemblies.

This value supports our development of the traditional British value of Individual Liberty.

Equity - We know that everyone has something special to contribute.

As a school we know that every individual within the community will be the best at something – our challenge is to identify, develop and celebrate it!

We are an inclusive community where everyone is valued and has a contribution to make to the school. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. We routinely challenge the popular notion that people need to earn respect by ensuring that all people deserve respect simply because they are people in our community.

In order to ensure this respect takes place in and out of the classroom, our Behaviour Policy is underpinned by a restorative approach which aims to restore our values in times of conflict or relationship break-down. We also have child-led organisations such as the play leaders who ensure that the children respect each other.

This value supports our development of the traditional British value of Mutual Respect.

Self-Help - We persevere and work hard, not because we are told to but because we want to improve.

We have high expectations of every member of our community – children, staff, parents and governors – however, we recognise that learning or behaving because you are told to is unlikely to last – it is likely to be forgotten or fade away.   If we want to develop a successful community this has to built on the notion of every single person wanting to improve.

We use assemblies and the curriculum, as well as opportunities beyond the curriculum, to raise the aspirations of pupils, parents and members of staff – to inspire them to achieve more and the believe that it is possible. 

This is supported by our Behaviour Policy – which refers directly to learning behaviours and is visible in every teaching room and reinforced consistently by all staff.

Solidarity - We stick together for the good of all.


We became a Co-operative Academy because it was recognised that to become the school our community deserves the children, parents, staff, governors and the whole community would need to work together towards the common goal.

We place such a high value on working co-operatively that the development of this is an essential element of every lesson at Rickley Park (as outlined in the Teaching and Learning Policy).

Sport also has a high profile at Rickley Park with a dedicated Sports Coaching Team (2 unqualified teachers and 2 sports assistants) leading a range of extra-curricular clubs and teams.

Self-Responsibility - We look after ourselves, each other and our world by taking responsibility for our actions.

Our values and expectations are revisited regularly through lessons, whole school assemblies, newsletters, staff meetings and policy documents to ensure all members of our community know and understand what we expect.  Our Behaviour Policy, which is displayed throughout the school and is also shared with parents and carers, is applied consistently and the children are increasingly able to use this common language to discuss and regulate their own learning behaviours.

We have an expectation that each member of the community will take responsibility for their actions and not look to blame somebody else.

We use other opportunities, including when children do not meet our high expectations, to develop the children’s understanding that an ordered community requires core values that knit the people together in harmony.

This value supports our development of the traditional British value of The Rule of Law.

Democracy - We let everybody talk and have their say.

Our work as a school community is underpinned by the principle of democracy.  As the school develops we strive to give every member of the community a say in the direction of travel – for example consulting with staff, governors and parents over policies or with the children over ideas for fundraising. 

Different faiths and beliefs are explored and celebrated through assemblies, RE sessions and a variety of visitors into school. The children are taught that people have different faiths and beliefs and that these should be accepted. Children within our school with different faiths are encouraged to share their practices and special celebrations.

We have a School Council who meet every few weeks to discuss a range of issues with the aim of making our community a better place through democratically mandated action. These issues include social and moral elements of school life, such creating codes of conduct for playtimes and modelling positive behaviours for their peers.

Whole school assemblies also cover a range of topical issues linked to democracy – for example, ensuring all children understood democracy in action around the general election and the Scottish referendum.

Our Year 6 children also visit the Houses of Parliament, including taking part in a democracy workshop.

This value supports our development of the traditional British values of Democracy and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

Values to Vision to Policy

As a school we know that our values must actually impact on what we do.  Therefore, we have developed a target-based school vision – which demonstrates what they values will actually look like in practice – for the pupils, for the community, for the curriculum and for the staff / governors.

Please click below download a copy of the vision statement:

Rickley Park Primary School: School Vision

Our values, and the aims on the vision document, also underpin our development work.  This is outlined in our School Improvement Plan which can be downloaded here:

School Improvement Plan 2016 – 2017

The values also underpin our School Policies which can be viewed here

Our Assembly Themes are also underpinned by our vaules.  Click here to see the 2015-2016 Assembly Theme Overview

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