Children at Hendal Primary are involved in democratic processes, voting for school councillors, eco- councillor, playtime buddies and Team Leaders from reception to year 6- Each class have representatives and makes decisions democratically on behalf of their peers.
The school council is facilitated by a member of school staff, Miss Stone. Regular meetings are held an agenda is set and democratic processes are followed. More information is available on the school council page. The school council play an active role in ensuring we have a clear ‘Pupil’s Voice’ throughout all aspects of school life and the curriculum.
We have links with the local police and PCSOs who come into school and educate our children about upholding the British law. This is supported with our links with Wakefield Town Council and visits from the Mayor of Wakefield.
Children are taught about the Royal Family and as a school we celebrate Royal Special Occasions such as weddings, births and special Birthdays.
The Rule of Law:
Our school rules and rights and responsibilities framework are the backbone of our school community. Children are taught how these guide us to make great behaviour and learning choices for ourselves and for the school community. Children are grouped into four colour teams throughout their time at Hendal as a reward system for positive behaviour and contributions.
We have strong links with the local police in Kettlethorpe. The Local Police visit school to carry out assemblies and also to encourage children to be active members of the Wakefield Community. As a school we have taken part in competitions run by the local Police involving community talent shows and community football tournaments. The police also visit in EYFS as a positive role model and to inspire children.
We have a clearly structured behaviour policy, which all stakeholders understand and follow. The behaviour systems are supported by our Aspire displays in each classroom which remind children of the high expectations of all children.
Safety awareness and E-Safety awareness are a focus of assemblies and cross curricular work. We have a strong ICT curriculum which embeds rules children must be aware of and follow.
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Hendal Primary and children are taught through our whole school agreement.
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 Police, Road Safety, Bike-ability and the fire service reinforce this.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. This is taught as part of our PSHE curriculum. P4C and Religious Education lessons promote the importance of mutual respect and allow children the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the wider world and community. As a school we pride ourselves on encouraging children to play active roles in supporting the community and local area through raised awareness, donations and charity. Children complete art work and activities to promote working collaboratively and as part of a team throughout school.
Acceptance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
At Hendal Primary we actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of acceptance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.