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Visions and Values

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Ethos and British Values

Lighting the hearts and minds of our community.

At Overdale Infant School we create a nurturing, caring environment that promotes a love of learning, with a spirit of fun and curiosity, working together in harmony to achieve the potential of all, in connection with our community

Our mission statement at Overdale Infant School

We aim to meet the needs of every unique child through an exciting broad, balanced curriculum which is based on developing skills for learning and investigation of the world around us.

We work in effective partnership with the families and wider community, valuing all children as individuals and developing their interests and potential accordingly. We believe in living, laughing, learning and achieving together as a community.

At Overdale Infant School we 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.

We achieve together by:
  • Developing positive relationships and communicating effectively.

  • Building on self-esteem, empowering all to become valued citizens, with everyone’s contributions respected

  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of every child

  • Ensuring equality within an inclusive environment

  • Developing strong partnerships with parents, carers and the community.

Overdale Infant school strongly adheres to the following principles:

Being Healthy: so that children are physically healthy, mentally and emotionally healthy, have healthy lifestyles and understand age appropriate information about sex and drugs.

Staying Safe: so that the children are safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitation; safe from accidental injury, bullying and discrimination; safe from crime and anti-social behaviour in and out of school; have security and stability and are cared for.

Enjoying and achieving: so that children are ready for school; attend and enjoy school; achieve challenging National Educational standards at school; achieve personal and social development and take their learning beyond the classroom.

Making a positive contribution: so that children engage in decision-making and support the community and environment; engage in positive behaviour both in and out of school and understand that rules are there for the benefit of all; develop positive relationships and choose not to bully and discriminate; develop self-confidence and successfully deal with significant life changes and challenges.

Achieving Economic well-being: so that children are aware and understand about the next stages in their education; that education leads to employment which provides money to buy homes, food and the necessities of life.


The DfE have 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 in the DFE publication about Spiritual, Moral, Social and Culrural (SMSC) in schools (2014).

The most recent OFSTED inspection of the school provides the following paragraph in the report outlining their findings and evidence of the ways we promote British Values at Overdale Infant School.

‘The school’s curriculum is broad and balanced. Teachers’ plans are available on the school’s website for parents to see what their child will be learning about. Opportunities for learning about living in modern Britain are built into the curriculum...The school supports the promotion of fundamental British values well. There is a democratically elected school council which has visited the town hall to meet the mayor. The councillors organised a competition for the other pupils to encourage use of the library, and they also had an important role to play last term during the appointment of the school’s new head teacher.’

Ofsted, January 2016