Balfour Junior School is a good and inclusive school that prides itself on valuing and developing each individual child so that they leave us as confident and well-rounded individuals, able to take an active part in the society around them.
The committed staff team are always happy to discuss any concerns you may have and the Headteacher can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitors are warmly welcomed and appointments can be made with Mrs S Misy at reception.
Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We strive to ensure that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. Our Designated Child Protection Co-ordinators are Kim Parnell - Headteacher and Ian Gambles- Deputy Head. Our Chair of Governors Patricia Daniels has responsibility for Safeguarding.
Achieve your dreams
We will build a community in Medway where children are more than just educated and where all feel safe and supported. They will be empowered to change their own lives and the lives of those around them. They will be able to stand up and become pillars of the community making a positive difference.
We will be good role models who inspire through love of learning and be motivated to make a positive impact on each other’s lives. Together we will continually strive to remove the barriers to success and fear of failure.
We will provide a culture of mutual respect and acceptance with children moving onto their next venture with the skills and values to set them on the path to achieve their dreams. Our school will take pride in leading the children in Medway on their journey – both educationally and for life: enabling them to drive their own futures to greater success and shape our diverse community for the better.
A Balfour Teacher is respectful, consistent and an inspirational role model. They deliver exciting, vibrant and well -pitched lessons in an optimistic and humorous style. They are honest and able to deliver the hard messages whilst still using praise and positive affirmation wisely to encourage and enthuse.
A Balfour Pupil, on leaving us at the end of year 6 is a confident, self -motivated and kind individual who is enthusiastic and eager to develop their full potential in both curricula and social areas of their lives. They are a credit to both their families and to their Junior School.
British Values at Balfour Junior School
In June 2014, David Cameron wrote an article that emphasised the important role that British values can play in education. How well a school promotes such values is now an aspect of Ofsted’s inspection process. Ofsted defines fundamental British values as ‘democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’.
At Balfour, British values are promoted in so much of what we do, not least during our school assemblies and Religious Education in a whole-school approach. The values taught in these sessions are integral to our school ethos and they complement British values.
As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Our staff acknowledge that exposure of children to extremist ideology can hinder their social development and educational attainment alongside posing a very real risk that they could support or participate in an act of violence. Radicalisation of young people can be compared to grooming for sexual exploitatoin. Safeguarding against exposure to radicalisaton and extremism is no different to safeguarding against any other vulnerability and should be approached in the same way as protecting children from other risks. We are in the process of arranging e-learning sessions for all staff to enable them to to identify people who may be at risk to being drawn into terrorism, and how to refer them into the Channel process, thus fulfilling their Prevent duty.