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School Values

Inspire Every Pupil

The staff and governors of Amherst School strive to provide an environment within which children are able to fulfil their potential in all areas.  All members (children and adults) of the school are given clear guidelines on what is right and what is wrong, and what is and what is not acceptable behaviour.

Children should be able to regard the school as a place where there is a caring atmosphere and where they are safe. Should they have anxieties over work, relationships with peers or other concerns, they should feel that they are able to approach a member of staff to express their concerns. At Amherst School we have six values and six simple school rules attached to each value:

The six Amherst values and rules:


We will act responsibly and honestly to earn the trust of each other at Amherst School.


We will treat everybody and everything with care and respect at Amherst School.


We will work hard to do our best even when things are difficult.


We will be well-mannered and courteous towards everyone at Amherst School.


We will treat everyone as our equal (s) at Amherst School.


We will all work together to include each other as a team at Amherst School.

Our PSHE curriculum (which is bespoke to our Values and British Values), assemblies and class discussions will be themed where appropriate to teach and reinforce our values and rules. Good behaviour should receive positive reinforcement. We reward positive behaviour through House Points, verbal praise, Headteacher Awards and Star of the Week (celebrated in Friday’s Achievement Assembly). We also use a Buddy System which includes each Year 6 child paired with a Year 3 child. This system helps promote the Year 6 children as role models and provides them with additional opportunities to practise the school values and rules.

Promoting Fundamental British Values

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is "right" and "wrong", all people living in England are subject to its law.

The Key Values are:

  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs