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Core Values

Our definition of a core value is a central belief clearly understood and shared by every member of the school community. All members of the school community are involved in ensuring these core values are shared and upheld throughout the school. These values have been chosen because we believe that they are the most important values to be shared with the children of our school, and that they will have a big positive influence on the lives and learning of these children. It is our intention that by focussing on these values through many areas of school life including the curriculum, the children of St Michael’s Academy leave with a secure understanding of these values. 

Which values are important to us?

We have developed a set of values in collaboration with the staff and children of St Michael’s Academy that we feel are important to all of us. 








Together they form our sixth value: PRIDE.

How are we teaching the values?

Children learn about values primarily through everyday interactions with everyone in the school community.  It is through modelling positive behaviour and values that we can all understand our expectations of each other and how we all want to be treated. The Core Values are integral to how we operate at St Michael’s, and are visible in the leadership, curriculum, learning environments


To support this we have a structured approach to assemblies and specific units of work that teach the values and encourage children to deepen their understanding of what the values mean to them. Each half term will focus on a different value:


Autumn 1: Positivity

Autumn 2: Respect

Spring 1: Integrity

Spring 2: Determination

Summer 1: Expression

Summer 2: Pride


Each half term will begin with an assembly that introduces the value to the whole school. Children will then follow a cross-curricular unit of work within class that allows them to explore that value in a number of different ways. Following this, each half term there will also be a year-group assembly that parents will be invited to which will allow children to express their learning of the value.


  • Positivity is about... 

  • Being in a good place to learn  

  • Confidence  

  • Approaching situations enthusiastically  

  • Resilience  

  • Our Positive learners will…  

  • Believe in themselves  

  • Persevere  

  • Be constructive with criticism they receive  

  • Encourage others  

  • Be ambitious  

  • Be proud of who they are and where they are from 

  • Be confident to try new things and situations  

  • Be optimistic in their approach  

  • Believe things are achievable  

  • Have a positive attitude towards each other  

  • Go home happy  

  • Our Positive teaching will... 

  • Promote the sharing of work  

  • Ensure everyone has the opportunity to contribute to school life  

  • Ensure each pupil has a voice  

  • Teach an understanding of positivity  

  • Support children to deal with negativity appropriately  

  • Reward positive attitudes  

  • Celebrate achievement within the whole school community  


Respect is about...

Having regard for the feelings, wishes and rights of others 

Taking responsibility for making the right choices 

Understanding that diversity is the one thing we all have in common 


Our respectful learners will ...

Listen to others 

Think before speaking 

Treat others as they would wish to be treated 

Look after the classroom and the school environment 

See others’ differences as strengths 

Recognise the benefits of rules and the rule of law 

Take responsibility for their actions 

Understand the impact their choices may have on others 

Respond to instruction positively 

Use good manners e.g hold open doors for others 

Have a firm understanding of British Values 

Help create a positive learning environment 

Go home feeling valued 


Our respectful staff will ...

Model respectful behaviours in all areas of school life 

Show all children that they respect them and care for them 

Encourage a school culture of inclusion and respect 

Acknowledge children who demonstrate kindness, respect and thoughtfulness 

Use positive approaches when educating children about acceptable and unacceptable behaviours 

Design learning opportunities that encourage co-operation and compassion 

Provide opportunities for children to have their voice heard and to courteously challenge others’ opinions 

Create a positive learning environment