Values Statement through the lens of our vision

At Ackworth Howard school we provide opportunities for growth in mind, body and spirit throughout our inspirational and innovative education, underpinned by our deeply Christian ethos. Each member of our school community will grow in confidence, embrace creativity and enhance their knowledge and skills so that they can experience ‘life in all its fullness.’ (John 10:10)

We believe that all people are made in the image of God and are unconditionally loved by God. Everyone is equal and we treat each other with dignity and respect. Our school is a place where everyone should be able to flourish in a loving and hospitable community.

Rationale through the lens of our vision

At Ackworth Howard the safety and well-being of all members of our community is paramount, where every child matters and, crucially, knows they matter. Within our school, each child is taught how to protect themselves and others and to enjoy their own uniqueness and that of others.

Bullying, of any nature, will not be accepted or tolerated at any time. All allegations of bullying will be thoroughly investigated. We want pupils to feel confident in being able to seek support from school should they feel unsafe.

We acknowledge the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, which clearly states that all maintained schools must have in place an Anti-Bullying Policy that outlines procedures in order to prevent bullying among pupils.

We have a duty of care to protect pupils from bullying as part of our responsibility to provide a safe, secure, caring and friendly school environment for all the children in order to protect them from those who wish to deliberately hurt them either physically or emotionally. We believe all our safeguarding procedures are in line with Sections 3(5) and 87(1) of the Children Act 1989 and Section 157 of the Education Act 2002 and that we promote the welfare of all children in our care.

We work closely with the School and Anti-bullying Council and listen to their views and opinions as we acknowledge and support Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that children should be encouraged to form and to express their views.

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