Our Values

Moral ‘Golden’ Values


We walk many paths in our life and often cross many bridges. In acknowledgement of the strength and integrity sometimes needed when negotiating life’s journey, our school proudly uses the emblem of Bickleigh Bridge. In recognition of the five arches that support the bridge, we have identified five Christian values which guide our thinking, behaviour and form the basis of our culture.

Our parents and pupils are involved in promoting values and recognising where others are ‘living the values’. Our values have been selected after consultation with pupils, staff, governors and parents as values which are important within the school community and which will be important throughout life.


This value is at the core of everything we do in school. It underpins learning through behaviour and one’s attitude to the people and the world around them. We want our whole school community to respect each other.


This may be shown as making good decisions about our own behaviour, taking responsibility for our learning, being independent, bringing the correct equipment and PE kit to school, handing homework in on time or caring for others. Responsibility also includes thinking about being a good citizen and caring for our environment.


Honest people tell the truth despite consequences and voice their opinions in a kind and thoughtful way.


Collaboration is teamwork, interacting and joining in, listening and co-operating with each other, lending each other a helping hand, working together, trust and support, helping one another, not letting other people down, sharing each other’s ideas and demonstrating compromise.


Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Kindness means that you treat everyone the best that you can. No matter who they are or how you feel about them you treat them with fairness and respect. We might think of nice things to do and say all day but when we act, that is kindness.

Performance Values

Our performance values link explicitly to learning behaviours which support learning and promote engagement through self-regulation. At Bickleigh we think of the learning behaviours as being like groups of ‘learning muscles’.  Just as we can build our physical muscles by the right kinds of exercise, we can exercise our learning muscles to develop their strength and stamina. Developing one’s learning muscles is not restricted to school – learning continues at home and throughout adult life, therefore supporting our pupils to ‘live life in all it’s fullness’.


Pupils are given opportunities to improve this through absorption, managing distractions, noticing small details and persevering.


Pupils are given opportunities to improve this by questioning, making links in their learning, demonstrating imagination and reasoning and by applying logic and deduction.


Pupils are given opportunities to improve this thorough planning their learning, revising these plans, distilling this information and thinking about where else they might use this knowledge. Pupils are also encouraged to think about how they learn best.