Our Vision & Values
Our vision is for all children to grow up as values-based individuals who strive to succeed and have a positive impact on others. We are aspirational in our expectations for every pupil and every adult who is part of our school community. We aim to provide an experience which develops all children as life-long learners equipped with skills and knowledge which go beyond the curriculum. Our holistic approach teaches children to be kind, to recognise emotions and to be confident about making personal choices both now and in the future. Ultimately, we want pupils who have been to Zouch to be well-rounded individuals who contribute positively to society.
A Values-based School
What is a value?
'A value is a principle which leads our thinking and behaviour'
Here at Zouch, we are a values-based school. Values-based education is an approach to teaching that works with values. It creates a strong learning environment that enhances academic attainment and develops pupils' social and relationship skills that last throughout their lives. We achieve a positive learning environment through the positive values modelled by staff throughout the school. This in turn equips our children with social and relationship skills, intelligences, and attitudes to succeed at school and throughout their lives.
Values are things we believe in that help us to make decisions about how to behave. They are the principles that guide our lives. Some commonly held values include thoughtfulness, respect, trust, love, friendship, and courage. In school, we explore many more values, a great deal of which overlap. We focus on a particular value each term, developing our own and our children's understanding of how that particular value can impact and influence our lives, our behaviours, and our choices. We celebrate when values are demonstrated throughout the school in lessons and especially our weekly celebration assembly. Our values are our golden thread which runs throughout our curriculum offer which has been fundamental to our success.
The purpose of Values-based Education is for 'the school to think about positive, universal human values and the ways to develop and express them; inspiring pupils to live expressing positive values in their lives'. Dr Neil Hawkes
New School Values
This year we have refined and updated our school values to give children, staff, governors and parents a voice in our values. Our twelve new values will be followed from Sept 2021 with a focus on one value per term.
The response from the children, staff, parents and governors was fantastic! It is really important that all stakeholders get a say in what is our 'golden thread' which runs through every area of our school and curriculum.
It was amazing to see our Year 6 children analysing and organising the data we collected on values and representing it in so many ways during their Maths learning. They also supported me in writing the overviews for each value which you will see if you click on the individual links below. I would like to thank all of our Year 6 children in July 2021 who played a huge part in this refining process and I think this is a wonderful legacy for them to leave at Zouch on what has been a very challenging year.
Mrs Johnson, Principal
Zouch Values Timetable
At Zouch Academy, British values are actively promoted and carefully linked to our school values. We prepare children for life in modern Britain through these values which encourage young people to be responsible and understanding citizens both in school and in the wider community.
The British Values are:
- Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
To find out more about these British Values, please click on the following explanations from our Year 6 children:
Little Green Book
At The White Horse Federation, we understand that every colleague is here for the best interests of the children. We want to ensure that no child is left behind and that the unique identity of each school is protected, celebrated, and valued for the contribution it makes to ensuring children have the best education and experiences.
As part of TWHF, we passionately believe that by working together, we enable children to have a higher quality of education and that, as colleagues, we will also benefit from, and reap the rewards of, a values-based organisation where you are also not left behind.
The Little Green Book is a set of promises that, as colleagues, we make to each other and to our organisation, for the ultimate benefit of the children and families that our schools serve.