Ethos and Values
Transforming Lives Building Futures
At Holy Trinity Lamorbey it is our fundamental belief that education has the power to transform lives and build extraordinary futures for our pupils. As a Church of England Primary School we take as our inspiration Christ’s transformative love and its ability to build a meaningful and purposeful future for us with God.
St Paul the Apostle wrote in his letter to the Romans; “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
We aspire to practice this transformation and renewal of minds by living in what we call ‘The Trinity Way’ and placing at the heart of our work, 3 Christian virtues, love courage and wisdom.
We work hard to place love at the heart of everything we do at HTL by in all things, willing the good of others. This is expressed most clearly in our desire and drive to ensure that the pupils have the very best opportunities, the very best teaching, the very best curriculum and the very best relationships they can possibly have at school. At the same time, this desire for the good of others characterises every policy, every decision and every relationship between this school and all of our neighbours near and far.
We instil in all our pupils the virtue of courage. We teach them to have the courage to make the right choices, courage to stand up for what is right and the courage to take on a challenge. We teach them to have the courage to take appropriate risks, the courage to ask for help and to have the courage to change the world. As a school we seek in all things to be courageous leaders of education. Embracing change and innovating with constant restlessness in the pursuit of excellence.
Our final virtue and foundational principal is wisdom. To use what we know well. At HTL it is not enough to simply acquire knowledge. We believe in teaching children how to think, to take what they know an apply it into new contexts and to solve challenging problems. We seek to make the familiar, unfamiliar. As a school we look to be at the cutting edge of educational thinking and to use that knowledge purposefully to make a real and tangible difference in the lives of our pupils, this community and the wider world today and tomorrow.
Our belief in the transformative power of education to build futures manifests itself in 3 key ways.
- A curriculum for the future; ambitious, technology focused, future facing, exciting and challenging, which prepares children to solve the problems we can’t yet imagine.
- Outstanding outcomes for all fulfilling every pupil’s potential
- Active citizenship; serving others and having a positive impact on the world through building authentic relationships in school and courageously advocating for those less fortunate than ourselves.
Holy Trinity Lamorbey takes its responsibility to safeguard children seriously. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect and require all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Holy Trinity Lamorbey CE Primary School requires all staff and volunteers to undergo background checks consummate with the role they will perform in school and recruits all staff in accordance with Safer Recruitment Guidelines.
Holy Trinity Lamorbey has robust safeguarding reporting mechanisms and provides regular training in identifying and reporting abuse. We work closely in partnership and cooperate fully with other agencies including Bexley Local Authority, Children’s Social Care and the Police wherever this is necessary.
At Holy Trinity Lamorbey CE Primary School we consider ourselves fortunate that our pupils, their families, our staff and other partners represent a diverse range of home backgrounds.
The Department for 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”.
As a Church of England Primary School British Values are imbued throughout our culture and ethos. As Christians, we believe that we are all created in the image of God and are all uniquely precious and have intrinsic worth as a result. Captured in the great commandment to Love God and love your neighbour as yourself we are called to be respectful and tolerant towards all. This is reflected in all that we do as a school community. We nurture our pupils on their journey through life so they grow in to caring, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the wider world. We encourage and nurture pupils to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and others in our school, our local community and beyond.
Key topics and themes such as democracy and the rule of law are woven into both our curriculum and our extra-curricular activities. This includes an annual visit to the Palace of Westminster, an active and democratic school council, our charity fundraising, a positive behaviour policy with a focus on behaviour as a choice and a clear structure of rewards and sanctions.