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Visions and Values

 Vision and Aims


Welcome to Ryhope Junior School.  We aim to ensure all children are ready for the next stage in their education. This is captured in our school motto 'Learn to Live' and we have developed the following curriculum values: 


  • We are Ryhope Ready 
  • We take Responsibility 
  • We have Respect 
  • We are Readers 
  • We are Resilient 


At Ryhope Junior School, we aim to provide a high quality education in a vibrant and stimulating environment. The school is committed to developing a love of learning inspired by quality teaching, building and developing upon individual strengths and talents. We believe every child is entitled to enjoy his or her childhood. We teach the importance of moral values and provide the foundation for life long friendships.


In partnership with parents we aim to nurture young people to be caring, committed and confident. The school works in close partnership with the community to develop positive relationships which will to lead happy and rewarding lives.




British Values


The DfE have reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of Law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The government set out its definition in the 2011 Prevent strategy and these values were reiterated by the government in 2014.


At Ryhope Junior School we take our responsibility to prepare the children for life in modern Britain.  We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE and PSHCE lessons provide opportunities to deepen and develop children’s understanding. We make considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community, during which these concepts are shown, for example through sporting events, a range of educational visits and outdoor residential opportunities. Their strong rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference


At Ryhope Junior School these values are regularly promoted through high quality teaching, a rounded programme of assemblies and a positive behaviour policy.  This gives pupils the opportunities to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


Rule of Law

Individual Liberty

Mutual Respect





We listen to children and parents voice. Our school behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the view of others.


We have a school council, which has representatives from each year group who are nominated and voted for. They have recently been instrumental in decisions regarding community projects and our KS2 playground equipment.


We have a head boy and head girl.  This process demonstrated democracy whereby we had a whole school election for the posts.  They are central to our Pupil Leadership Team



From entry to school pupils are continually taught to recognise the difference between right and wrong and this, along with their developing maturity, helps them to apply concepts in their daily lives.


Everyone in our school follows the ‘Golden Rules’, which are integral to our learning and ethos every day.


We have a behaviour policy that consistently reinforces our high expectations of children.  Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations.  They understand that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when the rules are broken.

Within our school children are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.



Through our PSHCE curriculum we discuss different choices that children could make an encourage them to make the right choices.


Children in our school have key areas of responsibility such as Librarians, school council, Head Boy and Head Girl.


Through e-safety we teach children the importance of keeping yourself safe by choosing to share personal information.

Our school ethos is built around respect and we believe that mutual respect for others is a vital component of moral development.




We are an inclusive school where everyone is valued and has a contribution to make to the school.


All members of our school community are expected to treat everyone with respect.


Staff help children to understand how to respect others by talking about how actions and words can affect others.


Staff and children are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.

Assemblies and lessons are planned to give children opportunity to reflect on a variety of beliefs, cultures and moral values.



Our curriculum incorporates teaching and learning opportunities for children to explore aspects of the wider worlds and an appreciation of cultural diversity.




The RE curriculum is also carefully planned to equip children with the knowledge, which will help them to understand the diverse nature of peoples beliefs.  We help them to understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.