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Our Values and Ethos

Hatcham Primary School is where we believe in educational excellence and children’s wellbeing. We believe at Hatcham Primary all children can be; Helpful citizens. All children can have a go and  Try their very best in everything they do and we believe all the children can achieve Greatness!

- Emily Gyimah, Executive Headteacher 


 The ethos of our school is built on a foundation of 11 core values which are addressed directly through lessons, assemblies and across the whole curriculum. Each month, we focus on a particular Value. We learn to understand what the Values looks like and how we can demonstrate the Value, in the way we behave, in our attitude towards each other and in our learning. This month it is Positivity.


Core Values




The Trust Vision 







We are ambitious for ourselves and each other.





We challenge ourselves and empower others to continually seek improvement




We celebrate our differences and our individuality, knowing these strengths make our community and the world a better place




Our strapline and values, which are based on unity, collaboration, aspiration, dreams and equality, bring us together in pursuit of our aims: 

  • To achieve excellent outcomes for ALL children and young people so that they can be successful in their next steps and future lives
  • To be a great employer, attracting, retaining and developing the best staff 
  • To be the Trust of choice and a welcome presence in our communities



British Values 

At Haberdashers' Hatcham Primary, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive and diverse school.  We nurture our children to  help them to grow in to caring, democratic, safe and  responsible young adults, who make a positive difference to our society.  We encourage our children to be creative, unique, resilient, open-minded and independent individuals.  

We ensure that fundamental British values are built and lived out through the ethos and work of the school and promoted through our school vision and monthly core values. Understanding of these concepts are deepened through our curriculum and taught through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHCE) and Religious Education. We do not refer to them as British Values  as we feel these are values that all should have. So although our children may not recognise these as British Values they will recognise them within our core values. Children learn to explore and understand their own and other cultures and learn from our differences.  They respect, appreciate, and embrace the ethnic diversity of our school and our community. 

We ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community for example by providing a wide range of visits and visitors.  Pupil leadership and our pupils opinion is taken seriously, and pupil leaders make valuable contributions to the development of our school.  Opportunities for pupil leadership are extensive and include our Head Pupils, Prefects, House Captains, Eco warriors, Fighting against bullying Ambassadors (FAB) Reading buddies, Sports Leaders and YAB leaders (Trust's Youth Advisory Board).


Specific Themes:

Democracy is evident within our school. Through election of our Eco warriors, Fab leaders and Prefects.  Children apply for the posts, go through a shortlisting process, deliver speeches to their peers or whole school and children then vote.  Our Head Boy and Head Girl and their deputies take part in some very important tasks, such as speaking at whole school events, chairing all of our other leadership committees, and representing the school at different events.

Pupils also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through meetings with Senior leadership team.  They are consulted on school improvement issues and undertake projects.


The Rule of Law
All staff members have high expectations of the children in our school. The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws - that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong and visits from the Police and Fire Service help to reinforce these messages. Pupils from Nursery to year 6 discuss many moral issues throughout their PSHCE and daily lessons. We deal openly and responsibly with any events in the news and put them into perspective, according to age of children.


Individual Liberty
Our pupils know that they are unique and special.  Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, they can make their own choices about what activities they would like to do and can talk about our own ideas and opinions, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.  Developing their self- esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights. They are taught consideration for others through our curriculum.  E-safety lessons enable the children to make choices in a safe manner   

We aim to develop children’s sense of social conscience and community. All of our staff and children are actively involved in supporting our fundraising campaigns with each of our Houses fundraising for variety of established charities, but also responding to events home and abroad.  This includes Children in need, Comic relief, Ukraniaan appeal, food banks, Red Nose day, Anti Bullying and the Poppy appeal.


Mutual Respect
The values of respect and tolerance permeate all areas of school life. This ensures a climate within which pupils and staff feel safe and secure. Staff and Pupils treat everyone equally and listen to and respect other people’s opinions and values. Our strong school ethos encourages everyone to consider and support each other and to celebrate the worth and individuality of every member of the school community by enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Discussions in class and during whole school assemblies as well as issues that are promoted during collective worship, allow the children to show respect and reverence to all other individuals. We give children opportunities to support other children through our monthly Core Values our children are able to demonstrate this throughout the school. We celebrate good work and effort daily and in our weekly celebration assembly. Visitors and visits including visits to different places of worship, all enhance the work routinely undertaken in school.


Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum and the SMSC aspects of the school. Assemblies and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally. Our culture celebration provides an opportunity to celebrate diversity and learning from others, including cultural workshops and the sharing of cultural food.  We acknowledge every country a child comes from throughout our school by proudly hanging each countries flag throughout the whole school.