Values and Ethos

At Cannon Park, we encourage excellence and enjoyment by being our best and caring for all in a safe environment every day!

Cannon Park Values

At Cannon Park, Values are not just words, values are what we live by. We have five key values:

Teamwork – Together everyone achieves more.

Respect – Treating others how you wish to be treated.

Integrity – Doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

Enjoyment – Having fun but not a the expense of others.

Discipline – Doing what needs to be done even when you don’t feel like doing it.

During our Friday Assembly, one child from each class is celebrated for demonstrating our values.

Promoting British  Values at Cannon Park 

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year.  At Cannon Park these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

  • Democracy:

Democracy is embedded throughout the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our elected Student Council and Pupil questionnaires. The Student Council represent the views of their peers at Student Council Meetings and are able to effect change in discussion with the Head teacher.

  • The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Children 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,;Fire Service; and local religious leaders are a regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

  • Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

  • Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and Learning behaviour approach has revolved around our Cannon Park Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.

  • Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

As a diverse community, the school recognises the importance in exposing the children to other faiths and beliefs. This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and across the curriculum when looking at other cultures. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school and the school invites representatives from the major religions.