Merryhills is a values education based school. Our 12 values are:
respect, friendship, happiness, honesty, independence, self belief, excellence, equality, determination, creativity, confidence and cooperation.
We promote our values, focusing on a different one each half term. Our values are reinforced in assemblies, in all aspects of school life and are taught throughout the curriculum. We have the above photographs displayed throughout our school promoting our values and each half term the relevant value is displayed in the front entrance of the building.
Our school is committed to children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and as part of this we actively promote fundamental British Values.
Children have the opportunity to share their views, opinions and suggestions through our School Council, election of house captains, inter school debating and making decisions about the curriculum. Children contribute to school evaluation and development through questionnaires. As a lead school in the delivery of Philosophy for Children, children learn that their ideas have value, and that the ideas of other children have value too. Through Philosophy for Children they realise that they don’t always have to be right, but they gain the confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.
The Rule of Law
Children are introduced to our ‘Merryhills Code’ from the Early Years, developing an understanding of the importance of laws in a fair and just society. Rules are discussed both in class and assemblies and the concept of fair play is promoted in Physical Education lessons. Children understand that they have a responsibility to follow the code of the school and that there are consequences when rules are broken. Mini-mentors and sports leaders, chosen through a careful application process, promote right choices, sportsmanship and an understanding of the application and necessity of rules.
Children are encouraged to have high aspirations, to make choices and to participate fully in the opportunities that our school offers. Often children take a lead in developing and running extra activity clubs. We strive to ensure that children can enjoy and achieve in all aspects of school life regardless of any barriers that they may face. Children are regularly taught strategies to keep themselves safe.
To ensure that children understand how to show respect for themselves, for others, for the rules of the school and society, respect is one of our core values. It is important that our children show respect for all members of their community, including those who are different to them in terms of age, needs, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and culture. Global awareness is integral to our whole school curriculum and provides children with the opportunities to explore key issues as well as challenging stereotypes and other preconceptions in society. Children are introduced to role models from a range of backgrounds.
In our multi-cultural school children learn about and celebrate different cultures and faiths through Identity Week, Black History Month, Spanish lessons, weekly assemblies and Religious Education lessons. Opportunities to learn about the lives and beliefs of other cultures and faiths are taught through the whole school curriculum. Assemblies and Anti-bullying week are further opportunities to address prejudice and its effects on society and individuals.