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Ethos & Values

Our Mission Statement

At Moss Valley our aim is to nurture and empower our learners to reach their own academic potential and gain the confidence and skills to ensure that they excel at our school, higher education/university and beyond. We put this simply as:

Believe, Achieve, Succeed 

Our Ethos

Moss Valley Primary Academy is a place which provides children with the care and nurture they need to achieve. We work to create a community where enjoyment and achievement thrive. Our vision in school is to create world class learning opportunities for all of the children we serve.

We believe a cycle of support, accountability, trust and challenge can provide better opportunities for all children and help to ensure we provide an education that will empower the children with the skills needed to ensure that they can achieve anything they want to achieve. We want to work as a community to encourage parents, carers, volunteers, students and other agencies to ‘learn with us’ to provide a positive role model demonstrating the rewards that cooperation and collaboration can bring. Our learning environment is reflective of our high expectations and engaging curriculum and is a place that helps to develop children’s love of learning. We believe that a child who develops a love of learning is more likely to make good progress and a child who makes good progress is more likely to carry these skills forward through life.

Our Values

We treat each other as we like to be treated
We include each other
We take responsibility for our actions

Hard working
We try our best
We take pride in our work
We give 100%

We say we can
We have a go
We ask for help if we need it

We aim to succeed
We believe in ourselves
We learn from our mistakes

Please click here to be taken to the curriculum area of our website where you can find out more about how we teach values in school. This can be found under the 'SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural' secion of the above.

British Values

Promoting British Values

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014.  At Moss Valley Primary Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.


Each year the children consider our school rules and the rights associated with these. All the children agree to follow these throughout the year.

Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. Council members for each year group are voted in by their class.

The Senior Leadership Team regularly listen to the thoughts and ideas from the children through Pupil Voice Meetings.

Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.

Children, Parents and Staff sign an annual Home – School Agreement which sets out the expectations we all have and responsibilities which we agree to abide by.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

We feel privileged to be part of a rich and varied community and place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

At Moss Valley Primary Academy we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.