The school recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
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The government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British values are:
The school uses strategies within its curriculum and beyond to teach these principles. It also forms part of the social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) development of pupils at the school. The examples below show some of the many ways we seek to embed British values.
Democracy is a state of society characterised by equality of rights and freedom and where citizens can exercise their power in an electoral system. The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at the school, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community and activities inside and outside of the classroom.
The rule of law
All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced. The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at the school throughout pupils' school lives.
We provide pupils with the understanding to ensure that the self-discipline will facilitate educational achievement.
Pupils are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Individual liberty is the exercise of rights free from external restraint and outside of government. Pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices through an empowering education.
This is the proper regard for an individual's dignity that will allow honest dialogue about values and ideas. Pupils learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through our teaching and learning environments.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through equipping pupils with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community such that it is the norm.
The school strives endlessly to ensure that its pupils leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and make a successful contribution to society in modern Britain.
The excellent range of subjects strongly promotes and sustains students' academic achievement, preparing them extremely well for life in modern Britain. (Ofsted, 2014)