Ethos, Behaviour and Safety
“I was impressed by the vitality, energy and positive climate in the school, by the outstanding behaviour and by the magnificent writing on display. Clearly, none of this is by accident and is a tribute to the relentless focus on aspiration and outcomes that you and your staff exhibit”. (Dr Gary Holden, National Leader of Education)
Hawksmoor welcomes children and parents of all abilities, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds as laid out in our Admissions Policy. We celebrate difference, and foster tolerance and respect for people and property. As part of our commitment to promoting equality of opportunity and combatting discrimination (see our Equal Opportunities Policy and Objectives) we promote understanding and positive role models to build a cohesive community within and beyond the school. In order to keep our children safe, we will ask anyone talking or behaving in a racist, sexist, homophobic, derogatory or discriminatory way to leave the site.
We recognise that the personal development of children, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We provide an education that enables children to explore and develop their values, beliefs and spiritual awareness. We ensure children have high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of their cultures. We promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The ethos of Hawksmoor school is important to every person in our community. It is the underlying structure that gives the countless human interactions that take place in our school the meaning and direction that provides the adults a professional framework within which to work. Children are given a consistency that will help shape their lives and aspirations for many years after they leave us at the end of Year 6.
An important way of communicating our ethos and values while creating a sense of community is through our daily assemblies. As we have pupils from all the main world religions as well as those who do not have a faith, assemblies are based on common themes, virtues and stories that underpin many religions, such as helping others and seeking to do our best, while complying with government requirements. While parents have the right to withdraw their children from assemblies, they rarely do as they are so inclusive.
Our Outstanding Curriculum
We aim to develop confident, respectful, articulate and resourceful pupils through our outstanding practice. Our pupils are challenged and excited by our extremely well planned, stimulating and engaging curriculum. Pupils see the importance of their learning and know that through their efforts they will achieve outstandingly well and be thoroughly prepared for their next stage of education. We know this because we actively encourage and seek our pupils’ opinions and listen to our ‘pupils’ voice’ in lessons, informally, and via the School Council and questionnaires.
Pupils’ Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare
Through the excellent modelling of appropriate relationships by all the adults within the school, pupils are inducted into our high expectations for behaviour and manners. This is reinforced through assemblies, SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme and PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) and lessons as well as both formally and informally throughout the day. Hawksmoor is characterised by sensible rules, clear sanctions and motivational rewards for showing positive attitudes and working hard in lessons as laid out in our “extremely clear and well-written” Behaviour Policy.
Pupils contribute to the outstanding behaviour in and around the school through the personal and collective example they set, by taking on roles and responsibilities around the school such as prefects and monitors, and by being peer buddies and mediators for other children.
Where pupils do not readily take on the responsibility for their behaviour or find behaving well difficult, our very clear pastoral care, guidance of skilled adults, and structures provide positive support for them to manage their behaviour, remain focussed, and follow the rules. An important aspect of our pastoral care is the close involvement of our pupils' parents and carers – working together we can achieve so much more.
Our pupils’ safety, in all its forms, is carefully protected through excellent Safeguarding, Child Protection and Health and Safety practices that ensure our pupils are not only kept safe from harm but they also feel safe in school, and know how to keep themselves safe outside. We follow government guidelines on staff recruitment, retention and development, including rigorous vetting and barring checks. We want our children to learn to judge and manage risk and accidents are rare but on those occasions they do happen we maintain the highest standards of First Aid in school and on trips or visits. All staff diligently apply our child protection procedures, including reporting any concerns we have about a child, parent or family member being radicalised as part of our commitment to the Government’s Prevent strategy.
Pupils are taught about personal safety, including how they can recognise and deal with bullying by being assertive, seeking support, and safely reporting it. Anti-bullying is taken very seriously at Hawksmoor: while we seek to prevent it by building cohesion and a sense of belonging, we maintain a high-profile cycle of intervention and follow up all reports. Our annual Personal Safety Week includes workshops for pupils and parents on e-Safety covering the dangers of cyber-bullying, inappropriate content, and potential dangers from predatory individuals who may try to make contact through various means.