Personal Development

Personal Development

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16.

Our school vision has this Bible passage deeply rooted within. Children in our school will value everyone as unique individuals and celebrate the distinctive and diverse nature of our community and the wider world. They will aspire to greater heights and continue to flourish beyond our school community. They will use the powerful knowledge they have gained to grow into valuable citizens whilst demonstrating resilience, determination, adaptability and being shining lights to others. Our school is laying the foundations for pupils to flourish and ‘live life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).

Please see our PSHE curriculum policy for more information regarding the progression and development of all aspects of PSHE including British Values, Protected Characteristics, online safety (which is also taught through the Computing curriculum), health, wellbeing, safety and citizenship. There are links to our RHE policy and RHE curriculum for each year group too.

Pupils in our school take on a range of leadership roles including:

  • school councillors – pupils from Y2-6 are democratically elected to represent their class and also feed back to pupils in Y1 and EYFS.
  • peer mentors
  • sports leaders
  • librarians
  • worship leaders (involving all pupils).


Our R.E. curriculum enables our pupils to:

  • Explore and question their own beliefs and the beliefs and views of others.
  • Be creative and analytical and reflective of their life choices and explore life’s big questions in a safe and supportive environment based in the school’s Christian ethos.
  • Research, share, question, reflect and learn allow children to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the distinctive and diverse nature of our school community, local community and wider world.

It encourages the development of resilience, perseverance, determination and adaptability and will contribute to their personal development in resilience, creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. In our school, R.E. encourages pupils to learn to think and work creatively to explore a range of faiths and world views as individuals and as members of a team. We encourage them to:

  • Ask questions and agree and disagree respectfully.
  • Be creative and imaginative and philosophical in their thinking about the world around them.
  • Recognise and value differences in people and communities.
  • Strive to develop an understanding and appreciation of the world views and beliefs of the people in their school, local and world community.

R.E. teaching and learning in our school provides our children with opportunities to learn in a systematic way about the Christian faith, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. It also provides opportunities for thematic learning across a wider range of world views, beliefs including those with no religious beliefs. It allows pupils to reflect on current issues such as environmental change, racism, poverty, peace and justice.

Please see our R.E. policy, Progression for Spirituality and the recent SIAMS inspection report for more information.

Our PSHE curriculum makes links to the fundamental British Values and pupils also learn about moral and ethical issues through other subjects. In addition, our Collective Worship themes support where British Values link to the Christian Values we learn about.

The school councillors and peer mentors lead Worship and other assemblies to raise awareness and understanding of of people from a range of different backgrounds. This year the pupils have led Worship relating to Black History Month, they collect and have delivered food to the local food bank in Thornaby and have raised money and resources for charities and communities such as The Salvation Army, Ingleby Barwick CPAD fund and Alzheimer UK.

In spring, the whole school participated in social action/courageous advocacy to support safety around our school and looking after the local environment by raising awareness of parking. This involved visits from the local MP (who also told us about his role), PCSOs, writing letters or speeches to local councillors and to our parents. In the autumn term, we looked at the importance of celebrating uniqueness and embracing difference through our themed week using the book, “How to be a lion.”

The school looks for opportunities to invite members of the local community into school to talk about their faiths, careers and roles. The children learn so much from adults who can support them in challenging social injustice, strive for equality and raise aspirations for themselves and others.