Aims & Ethos

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Our Vision is to inspire the children of today to become the leading citizens of tomorrow through encouraging high expectations and personal reflection.

Our Mission statement is to ‘See the Light in All’.

Our Golden Rules are:

         Kind

         Honest

         Achieve

         Lead

         Share

 for All humanity

Our Aims

  • Provide our children the very best academic start in life

  • Encourage independent thought among all our pupils

  • Empower our pupils with the confidence and skills to lead and collaborate with others

  • Develop an awareness and appreciation of the world and the cultures that enrich it

  • Guide our children to understand how they can shape both their own futures and the world around them

  • Enrich our community by providing a valuable centre of learning for all ages

  • Provide a secure environment in which our children can feel safe and thrive

  • Engage our children by providing deep learning experiences

  • Compliment our provision through collaboration with other centres of excellence

  • Nurture our pupils’ understanding of the value of leading a healthy and wholesome lifestyle

  • Embrace and pioneer innovative technologies and techniques to support teaching and learning

Our Ethos

At Khalsa Science Academy, we are proud of making historic moments. In 2013, we were the first Sikh Ethos School in the North of England. In 2017, we were the first school in the UK to unveil a statue of Captain Ishar Singh, to commemorate those who served and sacrificed their lives in the wars. And in January 2018, we are here on this wonderful occasion to be the first school to be officially opened by the first Sikh Lord, Lord Singh.

Khalsa Science Academy is a growing and successful primary school now situated on its permanent site, here in Alwoodley.

My learning journey at this school has seen me as Vice and Acting Principal and now I stand here proud to have been recently appointed as Principal.

We are Khalsa because we are an inclusive team with high expectations based on three principles:- to have a caring and sharing attitude; to be honest and hardworking; and to be reflective in nature.

We are Science because we focus on an investigative and resilient approach to learning.

We are Academy because we are an aspirational and successful school with above national results in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science at Key Stage 1.

Our Parent Survey in May 2017, illustrated that over 90% of our parents felt the school was a safe environment, a happy place and complete satisfaction with their child’s learning.

The staff at Khalsa Science Academy have the passion to ensure each child develops life-long skills and is a positive and confident leader in school and beyond.

We actively promote tolerance, fairness, respect for all faiths, and the rule of law to ensure children, parents, staff and trustees at Khalsa Science Academy also  ‘See the Light in All’.

British Values

In June, 2014 Michael Gove set out plans for all schoolchildren to be taught ‘British values’. The then Education Secretary announced that from September 2014, England’s 20,000 primary and secondary schools would be required to actively promote tolerance, fairness, respect for other faiths, and the rule of law and democracy.
At Khalsa Science Academy we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate this. To date as a whole school we have celebrated Diwali, Harvest, Remembrance Day, Christmas, Easter and Vasakhi. The school donated all the food collected during Harvest to the Food Bank at St Aiden’s Church. The pupils collected a substantial sum of money for Children in Need, Sport Relief and Save the Children.

Democracy

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through Pupil questionnaires. As a group each class has the responsibility for setting class behaviour rules and as part of anti-bullying week all pupils agreed and signed, a whole school anti – bullying pledge.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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. Authorities such as the Police and Fire Service will be invited in school to help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through class assemblies and PSHCE lessons.

Mutual Respect

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Pupils have taken part in anti – bullying week and as part of art lessons created posters around the school to promote respect for others.

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 have been supported by learning in RE and PSHCE. This year the school has visited St Aiden’s Church as part of their RE studies. Pupils had the opportunity to tour the Church and explore the different aspects of the Christian faith.

International Perspective

Our city is a vibrant, positively diverse reflection of 21st Century Britain as an exciting global village. People from all corners of the world share our streets. With 59% of local residents speaking English as a second language, we believe it is important that our children understand the world in which they live in both local, national and global terms. For this reason we have carefully designed our curriculum to provide an international perspective to every topic we teach, and promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils.

Scientific Focus

We firmly believe in the importance of science as a foundation for all areas of learning. Children are full of natural curiosity and we aim to harness this through adopting an investigative approach to the teaching of all subjects. Nurturing a love of experimentation and enquiry at an early age will help our pupils mature as balanced, rational individuals capable of making the right decisions in order to make the most of whatever opportunities and challenges their futures bring.

Inspiring futures