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Vision, Ethos and Values

Our vision is that all pupils leave Cleves inspired and equipped with the skills, knowledge and emotional well being they need to take on the challenges of a changing and ever more competitive world.

Our aim is to produce well rounded community members at the end of the Cleves experience. We give the children a wide range of experiences which will enthuse and excite them and thus encourage high quality learning. We have high expectations of all. We believe that our curriculum should prepare children for life in a fast changing society. We place emphasis on the development of six learning behaviours and teach our pupils to be:

  • Independent Learners
  • Self-Managers
  • Effective Participants
  • Creative Thinkers
  • Reflective Learners
  • Team Workers

These are qualities that are important through life. They can be developed at home as well as at school and we hope you will help us in this way. Our curriculum is innovative in that we seek to teach key life skills as well as knowledge. The children know which skills they are striving to develop in their learning and assess their progress at the end of session. Personal development holds equal importance to academic importance at Cleves and you will see a total transformation of your children during their time here. Self esteem is key and we seek to develop this through a variety of activities and a positive attitude. To accompany the six learning behaviours we have identified what we consider five fundamental values which are taught and encouraged in all aspects of school life. These are:

  • Tolerance
  • Respect
  • High Aspirations
  • Working Together
  • Honesty

British Values

The Department for Education has published updated guidelines on promoting British Values in schools. (November 2014) This can be found by clicking here.

Statement of Intent at Cleves

We provide opportunities for pupils to explore their own culture and develop their understanding of the cultural influences that have shaped modern Britain. We understand the role that this education plays in protecting children from radical and extremist ideas through the promotion of the below British Values, as identified in the Prevent Strategy 2011.

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance


Democracy is active within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The election of School Council Reps is based solely on pupil votes. Elected Pupil Associate Governors meet twice a term with the Chair of Governors and Headteacher, learn about how democratic committee meetings are run, and attend every Governing Body meetings to report on their views and those of their peers.

The Rule of Law

The importance of rules to keep us safe are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken. We hold Rule of Law afternoons where we hold class debates about environmental issues in lower school and simulate Crown courts, in upper school. We visit authorities such as the Police and Fire Service in Year 6.

Through the RE curriculum children learn that their right to hold differing faiths and beliefs is protected in law.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms through our Cleves Values. Within school pupils are actively supported to make choices by our safe and supportive environment.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance

Sports activities promote an attitude of equality and fairness. Our PSHE curriculum embodies values of mutual respect. Weekly ‘Good work’ assemblies place equal value on pupils’ achievements.