Brackenfield pupils’ values

Children at Brackenfield School have had their say on the values and future of the Harrogate-based school.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 3:33 pm

Youngsters from Reception to Year 6 had the 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 and 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.”

The children worked together in their classes to understand the school’s values before considering the merit of each and its priority to them. Once a shortlist was drawn, the values went to vote.

A school spokesman said that 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 final three values were, confidence and initiative.