Lace Hill Academy

Values and Ethos

Theme Planning

When planning a Theme, we take account of our School Vision and Aims which are reflected in our Curriculum Aims

School Vision

For Lace Hill Academy to be a happy, caring and secure environment where pupils and staff flourish by feeling valued, safe and confident


School Aims

  •          To have high aspirations and ambition for all our pupils
  •          To ensure the well-being of all is a priority
  •          To provide opportunities for all pupils to achieve their goals academically, socially, emotionally and physically
  •          For children to develop a love of learning through the delivery of an inclusive, creative, inspiring and relevant curriculum
  •          To enable pupils to be independent, resilient and self-motivated learners
  •          To encourage pupils to show respect, consideration and take responsibility for all members of our school community, the local and wider environment
  •          To work in partnership with parents/carers and the wider community
  •          To create an ethos where successes are celebrated together; and friendship and kindness are encouraged and valued
  •          To encourage all pupils and staff to be positive and supportive of one another through all aspects of school life
  •          To encourage children to be honest and to have integrity


British Values and SMSC

The Department of Education states that there is a 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.” At Lace Hill Academy, these values are reinforced regularly in many different activities.

SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural. Here at Lace Hill Academy, we acknowledge the importance of these elements to children’s education and incorporate them into the curriculum.

For example: class responsibilities (caring of plants), celebration assembly each week as well as a values assembly, community events (litter picking), visiting places of worship and many more.

So how does this look at Lace Hill Academy?


Democracy is an essential part to school life. We believe that it is important that pupils are always listened to and taught how to be good listeners whilst respecting the right of every individual. Our School Councillors are elected solely through a campaign speech and student voting. We were lucky enough to have a whole school assembly with our local MP Surveys are a regular part of school life for our children for example, class novels, free choice activities and active voice in our class discussions. In Reception, the children regular hold votes to decide on their exploring activity or story. Our Year 6 children have been learning how democracy has strengthened our nation and the lessons we have learnt from the Ancient Greeks.

The Rule of Law

Assemblies are used to reinforce the importance of law within school and the country. We focus particularly on our three core values of integrity, respect and resilience. We develop understanding further in our PSHE, PE and history lessons. Support from local authorities such as the police and fire service help children to understand the importance of law. Year 5 had many discussions around the rules of law linked to racism and respect in their class novel Holes by Louis Sachar. They explored how the events that happened for each character led them down a certain path as well as how the plot of two characters recognised that the law was different for them both due to the colour of their skin. Year 2 created their own class charter at the start of the year which they all signed in agreement to the values on it.

Individual Liberty

At Lace Hill Academy, children are encouraged to make choices and decisions whilst understanding that they are in a safe and secure environment. We provide children learning opportunities through PSHE and Computing lessons so that they are empowered to make choices safely. Our strong pastoral system allows children to grow in confidence, knowledge, and esteem to be their very best self. All year groups, learn about the importance of online safety and how their choices can affect them. This is developed further with our KS2 children when we look at consent.

Mutual Respect

Respect is one of our core values and we believe that everyone is different, unique and valued. We regularly share our own life experiences with the children and give them opportunities to do the same. Our uniqueness is celebrated at Lace Hill Academy and our pupils have been taught the power of knowledge and how they can respectfully ask and learn about each other. Celebration assembly on Fridays, provides an opportunity for our pupils to be celebrated whilst also learning to be respectful and good listeners.  Each morning, in year 4, the class take the register in a different language which gives the class an opportunity to learn about the wider world and the starting point of learning languages whilst being respectful. Our Year 3 class understand that to be a good team they need to respect each other and their learning environment. They do this by having class monitors throughout the week.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Pupils are provided with many learning opportunities to enhance their understanding of different faiths and beliefs. This is carried out through assemblies, Religious Education, PSHE and welcoming visitors into our school. Across the year, we celebrate and learn about different specials days and festivals that are celebrated across the world. In year 6 the children had the opportunity to go on a faith tour which allowed them to have the opportunity to learn about and respect different faiths.