Ethos & Vision

What do we value at Foulds?

We asked the governors, staff, Parent Focus Group and School Council what they wanted for the children at Foulds now and in the future. There was wide agreement, and the following aims summarise the collective vision for Foulds School and the actions outline how we intend to achieve these aims.

We aim to develop children who are happy and want to come to school and who:

  • love learning and are independent, motivated, engaged and active learners

  • have high expectations of themselves and others

  • are enthusiastic, passionate, reflective curious and questioning

  • are courageous and resilient, willing to take risks and can embrace failure

  • are organised, independent and responsible for their own actions

  • have high self esteem and a determination to succeed, and are proud of their achievements

  • can solve problems for themselves and adapt to change

  • can express their opinions and justify their views

  • can learn in a variety of ways

  • are imaginative and creative

  • take responsibility for challenging themselves, having high aspirations, a positive attitude and a good work ethic

  • have a sound moral compass

  • are healthy physically and mentally, and know how to maintain this

  • develop positive relationships, are empathetic, tolerant, helpful and supportive

  • have good manners and behaviour, are honest, respectful and kind

  • are responsible and thoughtful global citizens and good role models

  • are confident and ready for their next steps academically, socially, financially, emotionally

  • are culturally aware, appreciative and respectful of differences and people’s uniqueness

  • are good team members or team leaders

How do we set about achieving this?

As a school we:

  • are inclusive - every child will get the best that we can provide

  • celebrate all forms of achievement

  • prioritise the development of good characteristics of learning

  • teach the National Curriculum and more in a fun, cross-curricular way, providing many extracurricular activities such as sporting activities and the performing arts

  • plan engaging, relevant and active learning opportunities, including “Wow!” moments such as School Journey, trip to Bristol University, Artsfest, Infant Christmas Production

  • believe all children can achieve well regardless of their starting points and circumstances, and provide them with opportunities to succeed

  • challenge children and encourage them to take risks and feel safe to make mistakes

  • recognise children’s needs and actively respond to them

  • provide progressive opportunities for children to become independent and responsible

  • explicitly teach, model and celebrate good social and moral values

  • teach children about their rights and responsibilities as part of a global community, reflecting the values of the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child

  • ensure the children are valued, cared for, listened to and supported in all aspects of school life

  • prepare children for change, supporting them through changes

  • offer children opportunities to work together, to follow and to lead

Here is our 'Wordle.' It's made up of the words our children and staff used to describe Foulds. 
The bigger the word, the more people came up with it!



Foulds has earned Kitemarks in a number of areas:
  • ICT Naace Accredited Mark - For outstanding ICT teaching, assessment and safeguarding across the school. See the NAACE website for more details
  • STAR Gold Level - For excellence in our School Travel Plan
  • International School Award - For our work in linking with schools in other countries
  • Sainsburys School Sports Bronze - For our curriculum provision, intra-school & inter-school sport and clubs. Click here for more about our Sport & PE
  • Healthy Schools Award Bronze -  Recognsing our healthy schools work
  • Unicef - Rights Respecting School - For implementing the UNICIEF children's rights charter. Click here to find out more.
  • Star School of the Region - Recognition of our (award winningenvironmentally friendly travel plan
  • Ofsted Outstanding - Our latest Ofsted judgement (May 2013)

British Values

Promoting British  Values at Foulds School

We integrate the teaching and learning of British Values into everything we do, as seen on our Curriculum Maps.

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, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”  

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister.  At Foulds we explicitly integrate the teaching of British Values within our Curriculum and these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways (NB the list is not exhaustive as these values permeate through our day to day practice):


Democracy is prevalent within the school. Pupils have opportunities to express their opinions and views through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The elections of House Captains and Sports Captains involves pupils preparing speeches that help other pupils make voting choices. This is then followed by a democratic election process. Parents and carers are also encouraged to express their views through regular parent focus groups.

         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 regular school days, 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and 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. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

         Mutual Respect:

We are on the journey of becoming a Rights Respecting School and we encourage our pupils to consider the effects of what they do and say on others. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Foulds also ensures that lesson activities and positive modelling by staff members are positive aspects of being a Rights Respecting School and nurture mutual respect.

         Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

 Foulds is an inclusive school that welcomes all members of the school community. Tolerance and respect for those of different faiths and beliefs permeates both through our curriculum and ethos.  PSHE, RE and assemblies positively promote our pupils’ understanding of their place in a diverse community and nurture a tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. We also recognise and celebrate British Values related to British History.

British Values at Foulds
At Foulds we have a curriculum that teaches the British Values as part of our everyday learning. We aim to teach all our children about what it means to live by British Values and about how this should look in the way we think and behave each day. We do this by focusing on a new Foulds Values each month in our weekly Values Assemblies for Infant and Junior children. Please see the links below for these assemblies. Parents and Carers, please do support us in teaching these important values by discussing with your children at home.

Values Assemblies in May were interrupted due to half term, test week and post SATs week

Values Assemblies in July were used to celebrate achievements across the year.

September and October assemblies focused around our whole school focus on being a Rights Respecting School

December assemblies focused on learning about the Christmas story and advent for Christians around the world.

British Values Week
We had a British Values Week at Foulds in January. As a whole school we used the latest Paddington Bear film to introduce learning about the key principles behind British Values and each phase group took a different aspect of being British to celebrate. 
  • Key Stage One thought about food and how the mixture of cultures we enjoy in modern Britain has brought new flavours that we can savour
  • Year 3 and 4 thought about the reasons they could be proud to be British. They looked at and debated the idea of tolerance, rule of law and democracy in Britain today.
  • Year 5 and 6 thought about sport in Britain. They learnt about the history of British sport, the tradition of sportsmanship and looked at some key figures and how they exemplified British Values by how they lived and competed.
At the end of the week we had a celebration assembly to share the work that the children had done. Please see below for some examples of what we were up to.