Values & Ethos

Values and Ethos Statement 2022

 Ready, Respectful, Safe.

Across Glusburn Primary School, our whole school community is encouraged and taught to be Ready, Respectful, Safe.  This underpins everything we do and is our code for high expectations, you can feel, see, and hear it. 

We promote an inclusive, welcoming and safe school community that meets the needs of all pupils and adults, irrespective of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

We believe that all children and adults have the right to develop their personality and talents and are able to live a full and decent life; helping to promote their independence and resilience, so that they can keep themselves mentally healthy. 

We deliver a broad and balanced knowledge-based curriculum, where children’s ability to know more and remember more is built upon a sequenced and systematic building of knowledge; stimulating enquiry and the seeking of new knowledge.

We hold reading at the centre of our curriculum, with our primary intent to create fluent and passionate readers through a whole school reading culture for both children and adults.

We explore many social, emotional and cultural issues thus developing the cultural capital of our children, supporting them to become respectful and kind citizens on a local and global scale; defining a set of positive personal traits, dispositions and virtues, guiding pupils and adults so that they reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others.

We believe in the importance of life-long professional development for all staff; every staff member needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.

Our Values and Ethos Statement adheres to ‘The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child’.

UNCRC ARTICLE 28: Every child has the right to education. Primary education should be compulsory and free. Different forms of secondary education should be available to every child. School discipline should respect children’s dignity and rights. Richer countries should support poorer countries in this.  

UNCRC ARTICLE 29 Education should help develop every child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to the full. It should develop children’s respect for their own rights and those of others, for their parents, for their own culture and the cultures of others, and for the natural environment.

UNCRC ARTICLE 23: A child with a disability has the right to live a full and decent life in conditions that promote dignity, independence and an active role in the community.

How we develop British Values

The school promotes the Department for Education’s five part definition of British Values:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

We believe it is incredibly important that these British Values permeate throughout our school; we are proud to promote these values, and the work we do is highlighted on our SMSC page.


The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Article 22 (refugee children). If a child is seeking refuge or has refugee status, governments must provide them with appropriate protection and assistance to help them enjoy all the rights in the Convention. Governments must help refugee children who are separated from their parents to be reunited with them.