Development of Character
Our School Ambassadors play an important role - they provide a meaningful way for pupils to voice their thoughts and opinions about our school. It means they can have their views listened to and be involved in important decisions which impact upon them. This in turn builds their character. The School Ambassadors meet on a regular basis to discuss pupil suggestions, our curriculum and organise key events.
Through providing our pupils with various 'Roles and Responsibilities' across school, we develop our pupils to be responsible, respectful and active citizens who are able to play their part and become actively involved in public life as adults.
Our School Parliament is made up of 1 member from each class from Yr 1 to Year 6. This ensures that children are represented across the school community and have an opportunity to air their views. School Council members are elected by their class each year after discussions about qualities and characteristics that they feel would make a good School Councillor. Every year, the School Council are actively involved in a range of events and school-based initiatives, and they lead on publicising and running each event.
Pennine Champions Award
In Year 5, all children are introduced to the Bronze Pennine Champion Award. The award is designed to encourage teamwork, physical activity and personal development. The award is split into four categories: Skill, physical activity, outdoor adventure and environment and community. Children spend between 5-8 weeks completing each category and record in their Pennine Champion booklet. At the end of the academic year there is an exciting celebration event to recognise the children's ambition and determination. As they progress onto secondary school, children will have further opportunities to access the Gold Pennine Champion Award which will then prepare them for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Rights Respecting Schools Award
In September 2022, Laneshaw Bridge began the journey to becoming a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. This means that we are embedding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child within all that we do, from our curriculum content to our corridor displays.
Our first aim was to achieve Bronze Award: Rights Committed. In order to reach this milestone, we had to inform and involve the whole school community, including staff, governors and parents, so that everyone was aware of the rights of the child and the commitment we were making as a school.
As well as this, we set up an RRSA Steering Group. Their job was to push out an audit to measure our starting point, evaluate the outcomes of this audit, and use this to create a clear and detailed Action Plan. We also needed to begin to inform the children of Laneshaw Bridge of their rights according to the UN Convention, their role as Rights Holders, and the need for them to respect the rights of others.
Back in December 2022, we were judged to have met all of the criteria to meet the standard for Rights Committed, and we were awarded our Bronze Award