I am very proud to be Head Teacher of Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy and to lead a team of fantastic, and talented children and staff. I am driven by a passion for educating young people. I love to be involved in teaching and learning and see pupils making excellent progress. It is so important to me that Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy is the best school that it can be. Pupils should leave here equipped with a lifelong love of learning and curiosity that will help to develop high aspirations and all the skills they need for successful futures. : They will look back with pride; remembering all of their experiences at the school and of having fun! So when they leave us, they do so as confident young people ready for the next phase of their education.
We are a rural school, set in glorious countryside, at the heart of its community.
We believe in nurturing, stimulating and developing our children by providing them with wide ranging opportunities and an engaging curriculum. Our
We have 7 pledges to ensure our school is a fun, nurturing, caring, safe place with high aspirations and standards so that both children and staff can flourish!
Teaching British Values at Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy
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
have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. At Bilsthorpe these values are reinforced regularly
and in the following ways:
Democracy underpins a lot of the work we undertake with our children. Pupil voice is a crucial part of
our ethos and we are proud to ensure ALL children’s voices are heard. Pupils have the opportunity to
have their voices heard through our School and Class Councils, Learning Committee, Sports
Ambassadors, Learning Ambassadors, Learning walks, contributions to interviewing new staff and Pupil questionnaires. Elections for School Council representatives are undertaken in each class.
Children are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other. Our curriculum specifically studies democracy within certain year groups.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are
reinforced throughout our curriculum, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school
assemblies. The school’s behaviour philosophy has at its core the principle of making the correct choices in life and our Behaviour Policy is derived from the key value of keeping making the
right choice and understanding the impact if the wrong choice is made. Our 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, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
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 the 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 challenge, of how they record work, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Running through the heart of our school philosophy and vision is respect. This is consistently and
frequently discussed with the children through circle time, assemblies, class and school councils. Our
behaviour philosophy is based around ensuring all children respect one another and can value everyone as individuals.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving
prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.