Our Values

Our Hovingham values are: respect, hope, tolerance, peace, equality, friendship, wisdom, creativity, perseverance, trust and responsibility.

Our values are promoted through PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education).

We value and create time for SMSC across the school day, with focused assemblies celebrating and reflecting on national, global and local topics, festivals and celebrations as well as through ‘Golden time’ every day in individual classes and year groups.

The different elements of PSHCE are taught across the curriculum and as a discrete subject.

Our Culture

We actively promote a culture of mutual respect and tolerance, democracy, the rule of law, and freedom. British values permeate throughout our school curriculum and support the development of the whole child.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values.  Our children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others.  In Key Stage 1 we promote “Kind hands, kind feet and kind faces”. As children journey through to Key Stage 2 we promote “Respect for self, others and the environment”.


Over 39 languages are spoken at Hovingham. Our children, families and staff experience diversity everyday. Through assemblies, collective worship, ‘Golden time’, RE, PSHE and Citizenship and other subject areas we address all issues of prejudice and discrimination.

The cultural and religious diversity of our school community means that we share in many celebrations and festivals together. This enables each member of our community to feel valued. At Christmas time we celebrate with nativity plays and traditional carols. At Eid we share together in food and parties. During Diwali the children enjoying learning the stories of good defeating evil and how these messages link directly to our everyday lives and school ethos of respect and kindness.


An understanding of democracy is developed through our curriculum and school ethos. Our School Council promotes respect for democracy and encourages the whole school to participate in democratic processes such as voting and pupil voice.

Rule of Law

An understanding of the rule of law is developed through class discussions around the rights and responsibilities of our children. This informs relationships and our expectations of behaviour within school. Our behaviour policy encourages children to take responsibility for their own actions. We are currently developing a Restorative Practice approach.

Each class has agreed a class charter and playground charter which sets out their responsibilities. The Student Council is involved in monitoring and upholding the charter.


An understanding of civil liberty (that is freedom of speech, movement, assembly, association and religious worship) is developed through pupil voice, pupil choice and pupil influence in all aspects of school life, including the curriculum.

Our children are encouraged to make their own choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We support children to become independent in order to nurture healthy self-esteem and self-worth.