Values and Ethos
Happiness | Honesty | Perseverance | Respect | Responsibility | Self belief
Values Newsletters 2018-2019: Issue 1 | Issue 2
Our School Values
Our School Values are at the heart of everything we do. Values are principles that guide behaviour. At Kates Hill, we provide an environment where everyone is encouraged to model and practise values, which we believe empower individuals to be effective learners, leaders and happy citizens of the United Kingdom. By promoting values across all areas of school life and through teaching and learning, we highlight and promote key British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those from all faiths, backgrounds and cultures. Through a rounded programme of assemblies and events, we endorse children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, enabling them to develop their own moral and ethical compass to guide them in making the right choices in life. Our children are equipped with key skills and are encouraged to be the best people they can be.
New School Values Project
For the first time ever our children were given the opportunity to vote for values which were important to them. We held a voting day were children practiced democracy. Our school hall was transformed into a ballot station and children from reception through to Year 6 were given a voting card. From a list of ten values the children had to put a cross next to the 10 which they felt was important to them. Our new school values as chosen by the children are; Self-belief, Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Perseverance and Happiness. Each half term we will focus on a new value, where the children will take part in various focus days, assemblies and many other events. Our value for the Autumn term will be ‘Self-Belief.’ we have a special visit from our local MP lined up, for Friday the 15th of September. The children have really embraced the Values project and have achieved so much in such a short time.
As part of our school values, our pupils elected a member from their class to become an ambassador for values. The role of the ambassador is to be a good role model for displaying values, help to prepare and organise values events and assemblies, as well as help in writing the newsletters.
Kates Hill British Values Day – Dudley Mayor Visit
On Tuesday 21st June we celebrated all things British and had a fantastic day! We were visited by the Mayor of Dudley and each class took part in ‘British activities.’ KS2 enjoyed a tea party and question and answer session with the Mayor whilst KS1 had their very own street party and even wrote to the queen! Even the kitchen staff joined in and put on a very British menu. It was a really great day that we all enjoyed. Take a look at some of the pictures from the day.
The Learning Link Trust
On the 1st November 2017 Kates Hill Community Primary School completed its conversion to Academy status and joined together with 3 other local schools to create ‘The Learning Link Trust’. These 4 schools (Kates Hill Community Primary School, Sledmere Primary School, Netherbrook Primary School and Dudley Wood Primary School) share the same ethos, expectations and aspirations for the children of our local community.
Senior Management Team for The Learning Link Trust
CEO – Mr P Harrison
School Improvement Partner – Mrs C Thompson
Chief Finance Officer - Mrs R Fisher
Kates Hill Community Primary School
Kates Hill is a happy multicultural primary school situated near the centre of Dudley. A real strength of the school is the diversity and quality of staff. In addition to the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, 2 Assistant Headteachers and 3 Phase Leaders, we have a staff of dedicated, professional and highly committed Teachers. These are supported by our highly skilled Teaching Assistants and Higher Level Teaching Assistants, a Home School Liaison Worker, a Sports Coach/Pastoral Care, an Inclusion Support Manager and a Learning Manager.
Behaviour is very good and our expectations are very high. We encourage children to take pride in their appearance and consequently their school. Good attitudes to learning are the norm and children are regularly praised for their achievements including through House Points and Praise Assemblies.
Pastoral care is good. We follow up all lateness and absences and share with each other our concerns about children and families. We try to offer support to all our families when needed and care for their problems.
We are proud of the progress our children make and their academic achievements, which are continually improving, although we know that there is always room for improvement. We are also proud of the broad curriculum that we offer.
We offer opportunities for learning out of school hours and after-school care. There is a Breakfast Club. We have after school sports every day, football club and staff also provide a variety of other clubs throughout the year. Many of our children excel in the arts and sports and we are very proud of them. (Believe to Achieve!)
We also offer community run activities for our children, parents, staff and the local community.
We are committed to involving parents and the community in our children’s education. We regularly invite parents into school and offer INSPIRE workshops, family lunches and a mums and toddlers group. We visit young children at home to encourage play opportunities.
School Mission Statement
“Believe to achieve”
Our school aims are: -
We aim to welcome parents, carers and the outside world into our school;
We aim to value all our cultures and traditions;
We aim to do the best we can in everything we do;
We aim to ensure that everyone feels good about themselves and knows that they all have special skills and talents;
We aim to encourage our children to become responsible members of our world.
Our school aims have been written in “child friendly” language in both English and Urdu so that everyone can relate to them – staff, children and parents.