Percy Main Primary School is a friendly and vibrant 3 – 11 Primary School (with Nursery) currently accommodating 201 pupils.
Situated on the outskirts of North Shields beside the banks of the River Tyne the area is steeped in local history and retains many aspects of village life.
An attractive school setting is enhanced by extensive grounds that are well used by the children. The grounds play an essential part in delivering the school curriculum and provide tremendous opportunities for outdoor learning. Development, improvement and sustainability are supported through a commitment to the Eco School programme.
Our creative curriculum places a strong emphasis upon educational visits and trips and all of our children benefit from rich and varied cultural experiences.
1. To provide happy, stimulating learning environments that cater for the needs of all our children.
2. To encourage children to develop lively, enquiring minds and the ability to question and discuss rationally.
3. To encourage children to apply themselves diligently to tasks and develop positive attitudes both in their work and in personal relationships.
4. To provide a rich and diverse creative curriculum strengthened through our commitment to LOtC that will enable every child to develop their full potential.
5. To help children acquire skills and knowledge relevant to every day life.
6. To develop attitudes of flexibility and adaptability in children.
7. To help children use their skills of learning efficiently.
8. To instil respect for moral and cultural values, tolerance of other races, religion and ways of life, and recognition of the rights of all, irrespective of race, creed, gender or impairment.
9. To instil in children a high level of self-esteem and confidence in their own worth.
10. To develop a sensitivity to the needs of others and develop a positive self-discipline.
11. To develop sound, purposeful home-school links based on mutual trust and understanding.
Promoting Modern British Values at Percy Main Primary School.
The DfE have recently 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 this year (2014).
At Percy Main these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We have a student council which meets regularly with staff and with the Headteacher to discuss issues raised in council meetings. The council has a clear focus and agenda and is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Every child on the school council is voted in by their class.
Children are able to put forward their views about the school and their learning. Learning Ambassadors for each class help us to develop and enhance the teaching and learning in our school, feedback to teachers, pupils and governors, help us to develop and evaluate new systems in school and showcase the high expectations that we have at Percy Main.
Children also play a key part in the planning and coverage of each topic at the beginning of each half term. Children evaluate their existing knowledge and consider the direction in which they would like their learning to go.
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 Percy Main.
(School rules and class rules are clearly displayed and reinforced routinely. These rules include; ‘Good to be Green’, Golden Rules and Playground rules).
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 Local Magistrates, Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
At Percy Main, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment which develops their self knowledge, self esteem and self confidence. As a school we provide many opportunities for pupils to make informed choices in a safe and stimulating environment, empowering them to learn and develop as an individual. 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.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our ethos. Values, principles and beliefs are highly visible around the school. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others and are very aware that they have a responsibility for their own actions. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. The first of our Golden Rules reads: I will be respectful and polite.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Percy Main we promote diversity through our curriculum and celebrations of different faiths and cultures. There are very many examples on display both in and out of class that demonstrate our commitment to celebrating cultural diversity.) Religious Education lessons, collective worship, educational visits and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.