Our Aims and Values

To fulfil our mission statement, our aims are:
 
  • Enable each child to achieve his or her full potential in levels of academic maturity, creativity, spirituality, physical development and independence
  • Educate pupils in the principles of the Christian faith, promoting respect for moral values, differing races, religions and ways of life
  • Awaken and develop every childs sense of self worth
  • Develop respect, commitment and responsibility for others, to equip children to be able to make a positive contribution to the community in which they live
  • Provide a wide variety of activities, visits and special events which enrich childrens learning
House Teams
At Archbishop Benson School we place a big emphasis on identity and belonging.
We remind all our children that they belong to several special families - their home family, their school family and a faith family.
Another important family within the school is the team to which all children and staff are assigned when they join the school.

Grindal - Green
Islip - Blue
Beckett - Red
Tenison - Yellow

Each week the children strive to put our school values into practice and earn valuable point for their team, which we celebrate every week.

Assemblies & Acts of Worship
We are very proud that our collective worship has been judged as outstanding. We use story telling moral issues and world news to empower our pupils to be caring global citizens. "Messages taught" through whole school and key stage assemblies have a direct and discernible impact on behaviour, attitudes, relationships and learning" SIAMS report 2015.
Have a look at the Powerpoint below to share in one of our school assemblies.
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SMSC Development

As a church school. we pride ourselves on our SMSC provision, which has been re-validated in our last SIAMS inspection as outstanding.

Spiritual
Children have opportunities to xplore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral
Children can recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social
Children use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

Cultural
Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.


Every year we have a special SMSC focus for the school where we create though-provoking enrichment opportunities across the year which develop the children’s ability to demonstrate skills, attitudes and values that will allow them to participate fully inand contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

Last year our focus was “When I Grow Up….”, and you can see, in the document below, all that the children experienced and enjoyed. This year our focus will be “Who Do We Think We Are?” (WDWTWA). Across the year we will be exploring and celebrating with the children our place within Cornwall, within Great Britain & within the world. We want to be loud & proud in celebrating our differences as well as our recognising all that we have in common with people around the world. We also want to be inspired to be the very best that we can be both now and into the future.

Friendship & Anti-Bullying

At Archbishop Benson School we take a strong stance on all forms of bullying or discrimination. We believe that in the vast majority of cases bullying occurs where friendship issues are not addressed effectively when they first occur. This is why we have been very proactive in creating our 5 Steps to Friendship Code document (see below).

Every year we have a whole-school Friendship/Anti-Bullying focus to empower children develop the skills and attitudes to be able to build and maintain positive relationships within our school family and beyond.

Last year our focus was It’s Cool To Be Kind!  and you can see, in the document below, how we have worked with the children to raise their understanding of human rights, citizenship and core values.

This year our focus is “We All Bee-Long!” The children will engage in a variety of though-provoking opportunities ranging from National Anti-Bullying Week in November (our annual blue theme links to the B.L.U.E. slogan which stands for Be Lovely and Understanding to Everyone) to celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week in February.

We are so pleased that, based on the rolling average over the past 3 years, 95% of the parents who returned the parental survey agreed with the statement - There is a good standard of behaviour at school. We have noted that less parents agreed with, or perhaps were clear about, our whole-school approach to promoting friendship and responding to bullying. At a recent Parents’ Forum, where we discussed how the school responds to bullying, parents suggested that we should include on the website some of the great resources that we use in school. The documents below outline simple but effective strategies that children of all ages can use, supported by adults at home & in school, to respond quickly & proactively to any friendship issues as early as possible. We hope you find them useful.
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