On Air Now

Alex Cann

8:00am - Noon

Now Playing

James Arthur Ft. Anne-Marie

Rewrite The Stars

Pioneering pupils at Brackenfield School create vision for the school's future

Pupils at Brackenfield School in Harrogate have shaped the future ethos of the school, identifying and creating a set of core values to follow.

Pioneering pupils at Brackenfield School in Harrogate have shaped the future ethos of the school, identifying and creating a set of core values to underpin its powerful mission and overall vision. A thoroughly democratic process ensued at the school, with each and every pupil’s voice being heard from Reception up to Year 6. The children had the invaluable opportunity to share and discuss their views and desires, highlighting what the school means to them and what they value about Brackenfield. Headmaster Joe Masterson said:

"Here at Brackenfield School we champion pupil’s voices, which is why it was important to involve them heavily in this decisive process to conclude our overall mission and vision as a school. While it is evident that we are a very warm, friendly, family-based school, with a focus on Curriculum & Learning, Activities, Outdoor Education and Community, it was important to identify how we would act and behave with each other and through our learning in these four key areas. "Our actions, behaviours and attitudes are underpinned by the core values of Kindness, Honesty, Respect, Confidence, Initiative, and Perseverance. As a result, children at Brackenfield School are not only academically able, they are also confident and caring individuals who become proud ambassadors for their school and their community."
[caption id="attachment_2847" align="alignnone" width="2368"] Pupils at Brackenfield School in Harrogate[/caption] Pupils worked together in their classes to understand what different values meant to them, before meticulously considering the merit of each and its priority to them as individuals and the school. Once a shortlist was drawn, the values went to vote. Leading the poll and first making it into the final six was the value of Kindness, which received significantly more votes than any other value. Honesty was next ahead of Respect; also, clear winners. The children felt Perseverance was important with one Year 1 pupil stating “we should never give up”. Children then separated confidence from arrogance, concluding with a Year 6 child commenting that “Confidence was important to show the best of yourself”. The most interesting point to make it into the six core values was Initiative, as a Year 4 child said “you need to have initiative to solve problems” and a Reception pupil added, “Mummy and Daddy can’t always tell you what to do.” For those looking to arrange a visit to Brackenfield or receive a copy of the school prospectus, contact the School Office on: 01423 508558 or email admin@brackenfieldschool.co.uk. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

More from Local News