A nurturing, one-form entry primary school in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
We want to ensure that our children stay healthy and are safe. That they enjoy and achieve in all they do and make a positive contribution to the local and wider community. That they become self-sufficient and develop all the necessary skills for a happy adult life.
Care is an integral part of how we work. Bob our lovely class rabbit cares for us as much as we care for him. He loves our school so much, he runs around the classroom when the children are working.
We have developed our school values in conjunction with children, staff and parents, they are: Respect, Resilience, Moral Courage, Kindness, Empathy, Self-Belief and Celebration of Difference.
Bob the Year 5 pet rabbit.
We believe that the development of British values underpins everything we do at Kenilworth Primary School.
They are promoted through assemblies, displays, class work and within everyday life.
We have also been linking our assemblies to our focus on EmpathyLab in order to raise the empathy levels throughout Kenilworth through high quality literature.
These themes have a high profile within our assemblies and build the basis of our house team system.
After an assembly launching the house system, each house group elects their house captains using a democratic election. Each candidate (volunteer) writes a speech and campaigns to be elected the house captain. Every member then gets to vote for the candidate of their choice.
Within the house assemblies children have also been responsible for writing our school ‘code of conduct’. Over a series of assemblies they discussed why good behaviour is important, why rules are important and what rules are the most important within out school. They then, through a voting process, chose the three main rules for our school.
We are currently in the fifth year of our house system and each year more children put themselves forward to represent their houses. Governor reports highlight the successes of this system, the children provide good role models for the younger children and have grown in confidence through their role.
In June 2017, Year 5 children ran a mock election to give the entire school an opportunity to understand how democracy and our political system run. The children were separated into three parties and then were tasked with naming their party, creating a manifesto and campaigning across the school.
Each child then visited a polling booth on the day and were able to vote for their preferred party.
We also run annual empathy awards following the same system as our political votes, ensuring that all children have the opportunity to participate in a democratic voting system.
We believe that it is essential to teach children to respect each other’s faiths, backgrounds and differences. In our multi-cultural school the children are encouraged to share information about their religion and background, leading to an informed, tolerant environment where the children celebrate each other’s differences.
When religious festivals occur children are invited to speak in classes and assemblies about what they have experienced. This is reinforced within our RE lessons where pupils, parents, visitors and staff members have supported the children’s educational development.