The values we focus on at Aston Clinton School

Quality Humility Caring Respect Happiness Honesty Trust Responsibility


Quality means to us:


. Doing your best in all you do

. Doing your best means putting in the hard work. From hard work progress is made and success comes.

. Having the best materials for the job.

. You don’t have to be the best in the world only the best that you can be.

. If you think you can, you will do well. Our thoughts need to be of high quality; there is no room for negative words.

. Everyone has a quality to offer and to be proud of.


We will be talking to the children about whether they are giving their best in their work and behaviour and explaining that to give your best usually means having to be determined and to persevere as it requires hard work. Without hard work, progress in what you are trying to achieve is slowed or doesn’t even begin.

We have already started talking about the fact that you do not have to be the world record holder in the 100m sprints. As long as you put 100% effort in to improving your running, you are the best you can be.

 Successful people work hard and that is what we want to encourage the children to value. For some it is not easy, so when they come home from school; are doing their homework; going to their various clubs, ask your child ‘have you tried your best?’ If the answer is not a resounding yes, then the outcome will not be their best. For some children, their instinct will be to answer with a resounding yes even when we know they haven’t put in a lot of effort and they can achieve more! Our jobs as parents and teachers is to help them realise they can give more and achieve greater things. It’s worth the effort to be the best you can be.

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Humility means to us:


  • Humility goes together with self-respect.
  •  Humility is when I know my strengths but don’t brag or show off.
  •  Humility makes arrogance disappear.
  •  A humble person can stay happy inside while listening to others.
  •  With humility I can recognize my own strengths and the strengths of others.


 Through our assemblies we will be looking at the fact that everyone is special in some way and has something to celebrate. Praise assembly on a Friday is a great opportunity for everyone to share in a child’s success inside and outside of school.

 Humility is about recognising that special aspect of ourselves and celebrating without the need to put other people down in the process. What we might call showing off, boasting or bragging.

 We will use the role models of some people who have achieved fantastic things, but have huge humility. Examples are Mother Teresa or Sherpa Tenzing.

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Caring means to us:


Looking after ourselves and each other

Helping our friends when they are sad or hurt

Caring for the world around us

We can show we care by words as well as actions

 As always, these definitions of caring will be discussed in assemblies and in class. It will include thinking about Mothers’ Day and how our mothers care for us. This is a great time of year to encourage the children to recognise everything their mothers, and fathers, do for them.

 Events such as Sport Relief provide great opportunity for the children to care about the lives of other people, especially children, in different parts of the world.

 As always the children learn these values from those around them, especially the adults. In school we continue to walk the talk and I would encourage the whole school community to join us in helping our children develop these important values.

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Respect means to us:

  • Respect is feeling good about myself and respecting my body and my mind.
  • Respect is knowing I am valuable, unique, lovable and capable.
  • When we have respect for ourselves, it is easy to have respect for others.
  • Respect is listening to others.
  • Respect is treating other people and things nicely and valuing them.
  • Respect has to be earned.
  • Those who show respect will receive respect.

 Respect is a big issue at the moment for our country. The riots in the summer of 2011have provoked much debate that there is little respect around anymore, what with the blatant looting and destroying of other people’s property. The sheer volume of disrespect being seen in the CCTV footage was well documented in the press. However I am not convinced that respect has disappeared from our shores just yet. As a school we have always strived to develop in the children a respect for each other and the school. We feel we have been successful for the most part. However, there is no room for complacency and so our focus will be to look at what makes everyone special and to embrace the similarities and differences between us.

In school a simple way for children to show respect is in the way they talk to each other and the use of manners. We will be reinforcing the use of manners – saying please and thank you; sitting at the lunch table properly and eating nicely; looking at people when they speak to you, saying good morning/ afternoon to someone when you first see them; coming prepared to lessons and ready to learn. This is an area that we would know, as parents, you also value and so we ‘d appreciate your support with this value and in particular the use of good manners. As always I remind you that children mimic what they see and so we all need to walk the talk – show respect to receive respect.

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Happiness means to us:

  • Happiness is having fun with my friends.
  • Happiness is knowing I am loved.
  • When I do good things, I am happy with myself.
  • When I have love and peace inside, happiness just comes.
  • I give happiness to everyone with my good words and actions.
  • I give happiness with kind words, not unkind.
  • I give happiness to others by sharing.
  • A smile can be catching and can make others feel happy.

We will be encouraging the children to think about what makes them happy and how they can make other people happy too. We will discuss how a simple thing such as a smile can make you and those around you feel happier. The story of the grumpy giant highlights the point that if we smile at a person, then they will be much more likely to come and play with us and talk to us than if we are grumpy.

With the clocks going back and much of life seeming to take place during the hours of darkness, it is important for all of us to keep thinking of the things that can still make us happy. For example, walking through dried leaves; coming in from walking in the cold and sipping hot chocolate; spending time with friends.

Happiness is one infection we are quite happy to spread throughout the school and the community!

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Honesty means the following to us:


  • Honesty is telling the truth.
  • Sometimes it takes courage to be honest.
  • Honesty is telling what really happened and owning up when you have done the wrong thing.
  • Honesty is really knowing yourself and not pretending to be anything different.
  • Honesty is not taking something that is not yours.
  • Honesty is when what you think, what you say and what you do match.
  • A person who can be trusted is honest and true.
  • Honesty and friendship are linked closely together.

As always, these definitions of honesty will be discussed in assemblies and in class. Praising children for their honesty is something we always do. However we will stress that being honest limits the sanction /punishment you receive if you have done wrong. Or put another way, being dishonest makes your punishment worse! This can be achieved in small ways such as reducing the time in the reflection room when they have admitted their mistake immediately.

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 Trust means to us:

  • Trust is having confidence or faith in someone or something.
  • It is when we believe that a person is good, honest and reliable.
  • Trust is something that is earned over time.
  • It is not something we can do when we first meet someone.
  • It is a special thing to have earned someone’s trust.


To illustrate the point we imagined that trusting someone is like a ribbon between two people. It is always there. However if trust is broken, it is as if the ribbon is cut in half. Although trust can be earned back (the ribbon is joined back together with staples or sticky tape) it is never as strong as before the trust was lost.

 We will be looking for occasions when the children demonstrate that we can trust them. For instance whether they can follow instructions, use play equipment sensibly or carry out a task without an adult supporting them e.g. taking a message to another part of the school and relaying it accurately.

Values Education works best when the children have reinforcement about times when they have demonstrated the values we feel are important and in particular the value we are focusing on. Therefore, please congratulate your children when they have demonstrated you can trust them. Use the word regularly with them e.g “Please go and tidy up your lego. I am going to trust you to do it.” Remember they are also watching us – the adults that come in contact with them - to see if we are walking the talk by demonstrating the values too!

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Responsibility means to us:

  • Doing my share of the work
  • Trying my best at all I do
  • Taking care of people and things
  • Helping others when they need help
  • Being trustworthy and reliable
  • Taking ownership of my actions
  • Knowing right from wrong

We have always worked hard to develop the children’s responsibility in school. This has included developing the roles of School Councillors, House Captains and Vice Captains, class monitors, play ground leaders, fruit sellers.......... the list goes on!

However, these roles do not necessarily require work to be done every day and they don’t include all children all the time. So we brought in the requirement for all children in KS2 to be responsible for coming to each lesson prepared to learn. This means they need the right equipment well as the right attitude. Whilst we can let children borrow any equipment they have not brought in, they are not having practical experience of taking responsibility for themselves.

In Reception and KS1 our focus is on the children lining up on their own and taking responsibility for bringing themselves in to school. Once in school they are responsible for sorting out their own possessions at the start and end of the day. They are very capable of doing this and it has been a delight to see how many are taking the responsibility seriously.

As parents it is a difficult dilemma about giving a child responsibility to do something when they will be a consequence if they forget – like not giving homework in on time. However for many children this is the learning curve they need. So give them the responsibility of getting ready for school, putting their coat on, handing you the trip letter......... and watch them rise to the challenge. Some will demonstrate responsibility straight away, others will need longer, but they will get there, with our support and modelling of how to get it right.

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