The Downley School, Downley Village, High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire

Friday 19th December, 2014

Sue Webb, the Head Teacher, was presented with the Beacon Peaceful School Certificate during the whole school, end of term assembly on 19 December 2014.There is a real feeling of peace and respect within this school. This is an accredited ‘Values-based Education’ state primary school. The Head Teacher, Sue Webb, is very committed to Values-based Education. She has worked many hours producing wonderful resources for the two year cycle of monthly values that this involves.

There is a great display about the values in the school’s reception area with lots of quotes from children. Molly (Year 5) writes: ‘I thought peace had the most impact on me because if you have peace you have all the other values as well and I think the world needs it the most!’ The school had ‘peace’ as their value in September to coincide with the International Day of Peace (21 Sept). The pupils regularly have a minute’s reflection during assemblies and in their classrooms. As well as an active School Council of pupils, there is a Values Council of pupils which plays an active part in the Values-based Education programme.