Ethos and Values

Our shared vision is for every child to become a successful, independent, resilient, lifelong learner, who can achieve and grow in a nurturing and creative environment prepared for our ever changing world.

The ethos and values of the school underpin all that we do.  We believe that having a strong sense of and understanding of community, as well as a deep emotional awareness, prepare children for life and supports their development as successful learners.

At Barley Mow Primary School we aim to:

Motivate children to:

  • Aspire to their highest potential
  • Have a thirst for knowledge and continuous improvement

Provide an environment which:

  • Is safe for all, and within which children feel valued and secure
  • Has high expectations of learning and behaviour and insists upon equality of opportunity, tolerance and respect for others
  • Celebrates children’s achievements and supports them to be individuals
  • Is stimulating, challenging, happy and calm
  • Values cooperation and collaboration
  • Supports children to have a deep sense of awe and wonder of the natural world
  • Encourages children to participate in sports’ activities within and outside the curriculum
  • Engages with, listens and responds to children’s suggestions, opinion, needs and requirements.


Our School Values- What Matters to us:

  • Be hardworking
  • Be honest
  • Be respectful
  • Be resilient
  • Be kind

Our Golden Rules include:

  • We always listen to adults and follow instructions on the first time of asking.
  • We keep our hands, feet, objects and personal comments to ourselves.
  • We tare polite- we show good manners.
  • We take care of everyone and everything.
  • We always work hard and never waste time.
  • We walk at all times when moving around the school.

Our Pledge





British Values Statement

At Barley Mow Primary School we promote true British values in all that we do. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and others, in our local community and the wider world.

The breadth and balance of our curriculum and ethos promotes life in modern Britain. We work hard to nurture children so they grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and the world. Our PSHE, Citizenship and SMSC work adds a valuable dimension to all this work.

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  • We teach pupils how they can influence decision making through the democratic process by giving them opportunities to vote on key decisions that affect them. For example, pupils select pupil’s voice representatives for our School Council through a democratic vote. We work hard to develop an understanding of our democratic process. We involve children in the running of the school by giving them positions of responsibility including Buddies, Head Pupils and Prefects.
  • We model how a perceived injustice can be challenged peacefully through adult interactions with pupils, use of our behaviour policy and through discussions of pertinent scenarios in class and assemblies.


The Rule of law

  • We firmly establish how pupils can distinguish between right and wrong, both through everyday interactions with pupils as well as in sharing stories, fables and other literacy materials.
  • We help children respect the law and the basis on which it is made by showing how rules help communities to operate safely and fairly as well as protecting the most vulnerable in society. Visitors like the police and fire service inform children of the age of criminal responsibility and how to behave appropriately in society.
  • Children develop their own code of conduct through their classroom rules and encourage children to be courteous and respectful to adults by keeping doors open etc.
  • Children adhere to school policies, respecting their purpose in ensuring they remain safe and happy in school (eg. Behaviour policy, health and safety policy, attendance policy)


Individual Liberty

  • We implement a strong anti- bullying message and involve children in producing our anti bullying policy. We also hold an anti- bullying week every year in school. We have buddies to support children at playtime and children who they can go to for support.
  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms safely- for example through our E-Safety lessons in computing and PSHE lessons.
  • We challenge stereotypes through our assembly themes.
  • We aim to provide children with the freedom to make certain choices and take self- chosen opportunities in school.


Mutual Respect and Tolerance with different Faiths and Beliefs

  • Our RE curriculum provides rich opportunities for children to learn about and develop an appreciation of the principles and beliefs of those of different faiths around the world. Learning is often enhanced by visitors to our school who follow these faiths and through our assembly themes which are linked to the key festivals of different faiths.
  • We pride ourselves on modelling positive relationships with our children.
  • Children actively support a wide range of charities- not only through fundraising but a real appreciation of the work the charity is needed to do.
  • Our children are tolerant and respectful of each other and adults in the school. They are polite and support each other. They are supported well and they have opportunities to talk to others about their concerns with worry boxes, drop in times to speak to staff.
  • We challenge any prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour through discussions and use of illustrative material in assemblies and lessons.
  • We discuss the differences between people and their beliefs- for example differences in faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and difference in family situation- through our RE and PSHE lessons and broader curriculum work. In this we seek to enhance our pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally and racially diverse society.


Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural

The spiritual development of pupils is shown in their:

  • Ability to reflect about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise
  • Interest and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them

The moral development is shown in their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong
  • Understanding of the consequences of their behaviours and actions
  • Ability to appreciate the viewpoints of others

The social development of pupils is shown in their:

  • Willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, be comfortable to operate with younger and older children and a wider range of different adults
  • Ability to accept and engage with the fundamental British values of democracy
  • Ability to demonstrate skills and attributes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute to life in modern Britain.

The cultural development of pupils is shown in their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of different culture in their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities.