As a community, we are committed to promoting the British Values of democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
This means that we seek to:
- Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
- encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
- enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
- further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
- encourage respect for other people, and
- encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
We have delivered a series of assemblies covering each of the core British Values, the resources for which can be found below.
In July 2017, we ran a mock general election to encourage appreciation of the democratic process. We had representatives for the Labour Party, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, the Communist Party of Great Britain and Lord Buckethead,
In addition, we ran a mock EU referendum in June 2016 with students representing each side of the debate involved in running campaigns, holding hustings and with all pupils having the opportunity to cast a vote. Our report on the campaigns can be found here. The results were as follows:
Stay: 486 votes = 72%
Leave: 172 votes = 25%
Spoiled ballots: 22 = 3%