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Barley Hill Primary School

Barley Hill Primary School
  1. About Us
  2. Ethos, Vision and Values

Ethos, Vision and Values

Our School Vision

At Barley Hill Primary School we have a culture that places the child at the centre – We care about each other, our learning and the world around us.  As a values-based school, our vision statement is to ‘educate the whole child’. We believe that all children are entitled to an education that will enable them to realise their full potential.  Every child should love learning and relish challenge, working collaboratively and positively with others to achieve their goals.

Our School Values

The children of Barley Hill Primary School have been integral in identifying twenty core values that underpin our school ethos.  Ten values are focused on each academic year, covering all twenty in a two year rolling cycle, valuing the development of the whole child and ensuring children leave Barley Hill as responsible citizens prepared for the next phase of their education.

Academic Year 2022/2023 Academic Year 2023/2024
Equality Courage
Unity Friendship
Individuality Tolerance
Aspirations Kindness
Determination Respect
Passion Independence
Honesty Belief
Perseverance Discipline
Responsibility Integrity
Happiness Sportsmanship


British Values

At Barley Hill Primary School, we actively promote British values through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum, and teaching. As such, we promote tolerance of, and respect for, people of all faiths (or those with no faith), cultures, and lifestyles.

We prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain by supporting them through our words, actions, and influence, not just within school, but also within the wider community.

Promoting Our Values

The government defines British values as:

  • Democracy.
  • Rule of law.
  • Individual liberty.
  • Mutual respect.
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths.

At Barley Hill Primary School, we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world.  We actively challenge children, staff, and parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.