Pleasant Street Primary School pledges itself to be a place where uniqueness is celebrated and all individuals will find safety and respect for themselves, their families and their way of life.
Our recent School of Sanctuary Award, reflected both our commitment to our mission statement, as well as the inclusive ethos of our school, where all our differences are both respected and celebrated.
The taught element, as well as the wider school provision, is carefully planned for and reviewed on an annual basis. This includes a curriculum map, incorporating all aspects of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education, together with detailed schemes of work for PHSCE and RE, which provide opportunities for children to develop respect for others values, beliefs and opinions, while enabling them to reflect on their own, in activities including Philosophy for Children, class debate and circle time.
Collective worship and assemblies are planned on a thematic basis and while broadly Christian, also take in stories from other religions, as well as significant religious and cultural celebrations, Chinese New Year, Diwali and Eid, as well as Rememberance Day, Harvest Festival, Christmas and Easter. These are supported and/or delivered by groups within our local community, with whom we have developed close links. Class collective worship takes place in the form of ‘reflection time’.
Enrichment activities enable children to develop their understanding of British values and democracy. These include the opportunity to further develop social and leadership skills by working with the UK Military School. We have an active school council and visitors, visits and school residentials all provide opportunities to enhance children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding, within the wider community setting.
Our school behaviour policy encourages children to consider the value of rules, whilst encouraging them to make their own choices and take responsibility for their behaviour. We acknowledge that at times children will not respect each other and while rare, forms of bullying and discriminatory behaviour may occur. On these occasions children’s inappropriate behaviour or attitudes are challenged, incidents reported and recorded and follow up support put in place were necessary. Planned units of work on bullying, racism, homophobic behaviours and other discriminatory behaviours are included in our PHSCE curriculum and children are encouraged to share any incidents or concerns with a trusted adult or school councellor.
Pleasant Street’s teaching and learning approach is based on the Five R’S of Resilience, Resourcesfulness, Reflection, Reasoning and Responsibility, underpinned by reciprocity, the ability to learn alone and with others. Children are encouraged to learn independently, by for example following their own line of enquiry, as well as learning from and with others, through collaboration, listening and engaging in purposeful dialogue and debate.
A wide variety of extra –curricular provision is provided for pupils to develop their own social and cultural interests. This includes music clubs, choir, art and craft, as well as a number of sporting activities, including opportunities to take part in competitions and events with other local schools and community groups. Additional ‘Lunchtime Clubs’ are provided for pupils. This ensures all children are given the opportunity to develop interests and talents beyond the taught curriculum.