School policies cover every aspect of school life. Below are some of our most important policies for your reference. If you want to know our policy on something that is not listed, please ask the school office.
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ADDITIONAL POLICIES RELATING TO SAFEGUARDING AND INCLUSION CAN BE FOUND HERE
Being Part of Britain
At Richmond Hill, we have always celebrated a pattern of traditions and festivals across the year e.g. Harvest Festival, Remembrance Day, Easter. We also annually organise a range of Christmas celebrations including a KS1 and Early Years Nativity and trip to a local old people home, where we take our school choir to sing Carols. More recently we have built into our school calendar more modern ‘events’ such as Children in Need, Red Nose Day (Comic Relief), Sports Relief and World Book day. All of these events are part of our heritage and very much part of our future, and they all help to enhance the children’s experience of school in modern day Britain.
Our curriculum also helps children to understand what it means to be part of Britain. We have explored our local area and designed new buildings to enhance Leeds City Centre. Children have found out about famous people from Britain’s past and have Britain’s history, considering how it has helped create modern Britain. We work closely with external organisations to enhance the curriculum, for example, the Royal Armouries in Leeds and O2. Through our exciting, project led curriculum, we hope to enrich our children’s learning experiences and develop their knowledge and understanding of the world they live in.
Democracy is embedded at Richmond Hill. Children are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular Richmond Hill TV broadcasts. The elections of the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. The School Council work not only to solve issues that the children raise but also have input into their curriculum and the standards of the school. Children’s working parties are established whenever a key issue in school is being debated.
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. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind 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 and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
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 provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning 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 is at the heart of our values and underpins our behaviour policy. All members of the school community are encouraged ad taught to treat each other with respect. Additional support is given by the Inclusion Team for those children who need to further develop self-esteem and the concept of respect. Events such as Friendship week and weekly Celebration Assemblies promote respect for all children’s achievements.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Richmond Hill is situated in an area of great cultural diversity, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Our school environment reflects the background from which our children come and their different languages and beliefs are celebrated through displays and through curriculum themes such as The World’s Kitchen. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. Through this our children gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.