The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Aims & Values

Our School values are ...

Respect. Learn. Believe. Achieve

Respect, Learn, Believe and Achieve

Our school values of Respect, Learn, Believe and Achieve are simple, yet essential for success both in school and in life.  These qualities will stay with our children a lifetime, and will provide the mind-set they need to succeed in all they do.

As our children embark on their journey of discovery and development, our school and the community around it needs to play its part. We will work with you to ensure that during their time with us they become curious, confident learners, show respect for each other and those around them, and keep themselves and others safe. Ultimately we aim that they become ambitious in their thinking and their dreams for the future.

We know that parents, carers and families have the greatest impact on their child's learning and so the partnership that we can build with parents and carers is invaluable. We are all working to the same aim which is to ensure children Respect, Learn, Believe and Achieve

British Values at Dymchurch Primary School

As part of the broad and balanced curriculum we offer at Dymchurch Primary School, we have a commitment to promote fundamental British values as part of the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our children.

Children that come to Dymchurch will learn about British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Democracy – How do we promote this?

  • Through our PSHE curriculum children learn about the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries.
  • We actively promote democratic processes by holding school council and house captain elections, whose members are voted for by the children.
  • We hold ‘mock elections’ to promote fundamental British values and provide children with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view.
  • We help pupils to express their views and ensure that all children are listened to.

Rule of law – How do we promote this?

  • Our behaviour management system encourages children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and to understand how they can contribute positively to life at Dymchurch Primary School.
  • Our behaviour management system helps children to distinguish right from wrong.
  • We help children to respect the law and the basis on which it is made.
  • We organise visits from outside agencies in the curriculum to teach children about road safety and public services such as the Police.
  • Children are taught aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws.

Individual liberty – How do we promote this?

  • We support children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • We encourage children to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.
  • Our PSHE programme allows our children to have freedom of speech, challenge stereotypes and has built a strong anti-bullying culture at Dymchurch Primary School.

Respect and tolerance – How do we promote this?

  • We promote respect for individual differences by discussing differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability and gender.
  • Help children to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
  • Organise visits to places of worship.