Everything we do at West Malling centres around our five main values:
TRUST - Through God I trust,
COMPASSION and RESPECT - Through understanding I care,
HOPE - Through opportunity, hope and positivity, I achieve,
PERSEVERANCE - Through perseverance we are the best that we can be.
These values underpin our curriculum, our interactions with each other as staff, students and parents. Each value is rooted in The Bible.
Trust – We have faith in God and in each other
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, never rely on what you think you know.
Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.
Proverbs 3. 5-6
Compassion - We care for everyone
Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another, to show love and to do good.
Hebrews 10. 24
Perseverance – We never give up
Those who…persevere, who don’t listen and then forget, but put into practice. That person is blessed.
James 1. 25
Hope – We are positive in our thinking
Continue on a firm and secure foundation, and don’t allow yourselves to be shaken from hope.
Colossians 1, 23a
Respect – we treat people well
Love one another warmly as Christian brothers and sisters and be eager to show respect for one another.
“Pupils’ good attitudes and behaviour help them to work hard and learn well… The school is a calm, happy place to be, where pupils feel safe and secure and supported well by all adults.” (Ofsted 2013).
Our aim is simple - We Maximise Potential.
We believe that every child has the potential to be the best they can be every day, and we seek to support them to learn and achieve to their maximum potential. We believe that better never stops, and we strive to make our best even better. It is through this cycle of improvement as individuals, as professionals, as students and as families that we can be assured that we make the best of our individual qualities and uniqueness.
We take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern multicultural Britain very seriously. 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 PSHE lessons, and daily worship opportunities allow our pupils to deepen and develop their understanding. Through our curriculum the children come to understand concepts ofMutual Respect, Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs, Democracy, The Rule of Law and Individual Liberty, with pride and we continuously encourage them to demonstrate a good understanding of the application of these to their own lives.
Through our curriculum, we ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community, during which these concepts are shown, through for example, local community events and church events, class charity work, sporting events, and a range of visits.An innovative after-school club, “Young Language Ambassadors” ensures a warm welcome for children from different countries who don’t speak English as a first language.The group also lead the school’s work on social and charitable campaigns, for example, recently the “Send Our Friend to school” initiative and invited our local MP Tom Tugendhat to take our responses to Prime Minister, David Cameron ahead of his visit to the UN Global Development Goals conference in September 2015. Our school’s embedded Christian values-based ethos gives West Malling students an excellent platform for embracing difference.
Further information about our approach to British Values can be found here.