The word democracy means “rule by the people.” It comes from the Ancient Greek words demos (“people”) and kratos (“rule”). It is a fundamental British value, through which we acknowledge that everyone is entitled to contribute to how our country is run.
The principles of democracy are embedded in our school’s three core values:
C1 We respect our children’s individuality, encourage creativity and support every child to make to the most of their abilities.
At Barrowby Church of England Primary School, Pupil Leadership is actively encouraged. During their time at school, all our children have the opportunity to stand for a wide range of leadership opportunities, including School Council, Sport's Committee and as House Captains and Vice Captains. Through these roles they learn to listen to, and respect, the views of others, and that leadership is both a privilege, and a responsibility.
C2 We want our pupils to leave our school as a well educated, self confident and caring member of society.
At Barrowby Church of England Primary School, all pupils vote to elect representatives to pupil leadership positions within school. In this way children are able to learn about, and value, the democratic process, and come to understand that this is the way our country is governed. They know that their voice is heard, but also that everyone’s views count equally. This helps them to become active members of a democratic society.
C3 We promote equality of opportunity for all, irrespective of gender, race, creed, ability or disability.
The democratic processes within school ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to contribute to school development. All members of our school community, including pupils, staff, governors, and parents have the opportunity to play a role in making decisions in our school – for example, as part of the committee that designed our new library.