Culture, Ethos & Values

Aims and Ethos:

We aim to engender within the school a caring and sharing ethos where all children and staff feel welcome, valued and respected. We aim to create a stimulating and challenging learning environment where excellence is exalted but where it is also safe to fail.

Vision Statement:

Our school is a calm, caring and friendly place where we all work hard together, try our best and enjoy learning, in a community where achievements are recognised and celebrated.   We are polite, friendly and kind to one another and make everyone feel welcome.  Our school is a happy, healthy and safe place where Christian teaching helps us to value and respect ourselves, each other and our school.

Mission Statement:

In the light of God, we care, we share, we laugh, we learn.

British Values at St Chads

As a Church of England school we provide faithful education for everyone and do so alongside the teaching of the National Curriculum and life in Modern Britain.  British values are promoted in so much of what we do, including our:

As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’  views.

The term ‘British values’ might be slightly misleading in that these values are integral to so many countries throughout the world – they differ in no way from the values of most western European countries. Below are just a few examples of how we promote British values.

Being Part of Headingley, Leeds and Britain and playing our part in the Global Community

As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at St Chad’s. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of our local community and Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions, such as customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest festival during the Autumn term, our cultural week where we found out about the traditions of different cultures in our community.  Children also learn about being part of Britain from different specific perspectives in curriculum topics for example:


Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at St Chad’s CE Primary. Democracy is central to how we operate.

An obvious example is our School Council. The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates create manifestos, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote in secret etc.

The council is made up of two representatives from each class, the School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes. In the past, the School Council has made suggestions to the senior leadership team which led to changes being made to the toilet facilities and requesting new bins for the playground.

Other examples of ‘pupil voice’ are:

Rules and Laws

The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. At the start of the school year, each class discusses and sets its own class rules, a set of principles that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.

Our whole school code of conduct is:

These values are reinforced in other ways:

Individual Liberty

Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for our young pupils to make choices safely; for example:

Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety, drug, relationship and PSHE lessons.

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

St Chad’s CE Primary is in an area which serves a diverse population and it is vital we prepare our pupils to exist in an area that is rapidly changing culturally. We are proud to promote and celebrate the different backgrounds and beliefs that our pupils are encountering on a daily basis. Mutual respect is implicit in our aims and ethos.

Our pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything, whether it is a school resource or a religious belief.

Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community should treat each other with respect.

Specific examples of how we enhance pupils understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are: Through Religious Education and other lessons where we might develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures – in English through fiction and in Art by considering culture from other parts of the world. In addition, pupils enjoy an in depth study during Community Themed Weeks, where sometimes we will celebrate and enjoy learning about the differences in countries and cultures around the world

Sadly, no school can guarantee that there will never be instances which are contrary to this value. At St Chad’s CE Primary, such instances are rare and they are treated seriously.

To support the curriculum and the teaching of Christianity / RE and to reflect the Christian foundation of the school, the PTA fund the gift of a Bible for children in Reception and Year Six.  Parents and pupils may opt-out of this gift if they wish to do so.

St Chads C of E Primary School

Northolme Avenue
West Park
LS16 5QR

Tel: 0113 274 7110

Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
LS16 5EA
Registered Company Number: 07705552