Values and Ethos

Through God's love and strength all flourish

Our Vision

Our Christian vision guides our journey to provide a rich, well-rounded education enabling all to become the very best that God intended. We treat adults and pupils with love and dignity in a space where Christian values are developed and everyone can flourish.

Our Ethos

In recognising its historic foundation, the Governors and Staff of the Ash Cartwright & Kelsey Church of England Primary School (Aided) preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church, at Parish and Diocesan level.

The School aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all pupils.

The School seeks to promote and uphold certain values through its policies and procedures; the way in which the adults act towards the children and each other; and the way the children are expected to behave.


Our Values

Friendship      Joy   Community     Forgiveness   Perseverance       Creation

The School also seeks to serve its children, their parents and the community by promoting certain values which it holds to be fundamental to the nature and character of the Ash Cartwright & Kelsey School.

We aim to:

  • Help to foster each child’s intellectual, physical, aesthetic, spiritual, emotional, moral and social development.
  • Help each child to understand and seek to use our six school values: friendship, community, forgiveness, perseverance, joy, and creation in their lives
  • Help each child to develop the ability to learn and to enjoy the challenge that often has to be met if a real sense of achievement to be experienced.
  • Consistently demonstrate high standards in order to provide good role models for the children.
  • Help each child to realise their potential through the development of the necessary skills, concepts and knowledge.

Restorative Justice

What are Restorative Justice Approaches?

Restorative Approaches are inspired by the philosophy and practices of Restorative Justice which aims to repair harm caused to relationships and communities by conflict.

Crucially it is believed that is best achieved by focusing upon the harm caused, rather than assigning blame and dispensing punishment which often fails to address the needs of those most affected.

Our school has adopted Restorative Justice approaches as they align with the ethos of our Christian faith. As our school strapline  says, 'Through God's love and strength all flourish', and God guides us to work within a spirit of love, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Restorative Justice approaches are:

* An understanding of how a community works
* An understanding of our responsibilities to the communities that we are part of where we:
* Confront unacceptable behaviour
* Praise acceptable behaviour
* Model restorative approaches
* Develop self regulating communities
* An understanding of the skills needed to communicate with each other and a commitment to developing these. They include:
* Communication skills - Listening , Questioning, Answering and a shared language

RJ is based on four key features:


What can RJ do for a school?

  • Creates a happier and safer school
  • Mutually respectful relationships
  • More effective teaching and learning
  • Reduces exclusions
  • Raises attendance
  • Develops emotional literacy
  • Addresses bullying behaviours
  • Raises morale by culture of inclusion and belonging

What is Restorative Justice Conferencing?

  • A process for resolving conflict
  • A common language to resolve conflict
  • Focuses on the needs of the victim
  • Allows the wrongdoer(s) to understand the impact of their actions
  • Encourages wrongdoer(s) to take responsibility for their actions
  • Therefore creates accountability
  • Likely to change behaviour and build character

If you have any queries or comments please speak with your child's class teacher or to Mrs Crascall or Mrs Wilkinson.

Mental Health First Aid Champions

We take the mental health of our pupils seriously - to be able to learn, our children have to be in the right frame of mind.

Record levels of young people are struggling. Academic pressuresocial mediabullyingpovertylack of availability of professional mental health support – all have been named as contributing to this epidemic of poor mental health in our young people.

It’s clear that young people are not getting the support they need. Key figures in a young person’s life – parents, family members, teachers, tutors, carers, youth workers – can often spot when a young person is struggling but may not know how best to help.

  We have a number of trained Youth MHFA Champions in our school who have:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues and how they can affect young people
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health in young people and guide them to a place of support
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing

This enables us to be confident in talking about Mental Health, stop worrying about what to do and know what to do before things get out of hand. We hope that by giving people the tools to open up these conversations, we can empower them to create mentally healthy, supportive environments in their families, schools, youth groups and communities.


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