British Values

Over the last few years, the Government has actively promoted the values of democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; and respect and tolerance for other religions. We are fully committed to implementing these values through our curriculum and in all aspects of our school life. We do not believe that they are exclusively British, or even that we in Britain have always been particularly successful in implementing them. We do believe that it is absolutely essential that our Learners accept, promote and act out these values if they are to become the outstanding British citizens that we want them to be.

We value democracy because democratic systems provide the best possible opportunity for individuals and groups to live in freedom and security. We want all of our Learners to understand the local and national democratic systems and their responsibility to participate in them. To this end, we take opportunities to teach them about democratic processes across the curriculum and through the citizenship components in our PHSEE programme, and model them through Learner council elections and mock elections and referendums within the Academy.

We value the rule of law because any fair society is underpinned by laws which are applied equally to all without fear or favour. We want all of our Learners to understand the importance of our legal system and their own rights and responsibilities within it. To this end we teach them about these issues in the citizenship components in our PHSEE programme and, critically, implement a fair and consistent behaviour management system where the rights and responsibilities of all are clear and are respected.

We value individual liberty because it is integral to the wellbeing of each and every citizen. We want our Learners to understand the importance of their own liberties including, for example, freedom of expression and freedom of worship. We also want them to understand the importance of exercising these liberties responsibly and of respecting the liberties of others. To this end we explore these issues across the curriculum and in the citizenship components in our PHSEE programme and seek to implement the principles of a Rights Respecting School across the whole Academy including the modelling of respectful discussion and debate across a range of issues.

We value respect and tolerance because they underpin the creation of a society where there is equality of opportunity for all and where diversity is celebrated. We want our Learners to have the opportunity to explore and express their own faith backgrounds and to learn about those of others so that they do, indeed, treat them with respect and toleration. This is a central aim of our RE programme from Year 7 to Year 11 and of our developing partnerships with local churches. Indeed, we want our Learners to be respectful of all aspects of diversity and actively promote this through all aspects of the life of the Academy.