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- To offer outstanding education for our students and prepare them for successful, independent lives in the 21st century
- To be a high achieving academic community
- To identify and develop the full potential of every member of our community and give them the skills and qualifications they need to achieve their ambition
- Do this within the context of the culture and values of the Christian faith emphasizing the strong moral and spiritual values shared with other faiths
Our school is built on Gospel values and as such will strive to bring the teaching and vision of Jesus to bear on every aspect of the school community and society with which it comes into contact.
Jesus’ main teaching is to Love God and to love our neighbour as ourselves.
The love we are to show is called Agape Love – the conscious decision to be actively concerned with the wellbeing of another – whoever they are and whatever their need.
‘In everything you do, do to others as you would have them do to you’
Bearing this in mind, the term ‘Gospel values’ refers to qualities such as
- A commitment to community
- Servant leadership
- A sense of wonder
As a community represented by many faiths and cultures, we all share, and work to put into practice, these common Gospel values.
Code of Conduct
- Wear the uniform correctly – take pride in how you look.
- Be punctual to tutor time and lessons.
- Take pride in your school work and hand homework in on time; work hard in all lessons.
- Be polite to all – no foul language; good behaviour is essential for learning.
- No bullying.
- Respect the school property and other people’s belongings.
- Treat others in the same way you would expect to be treated – help each other.
- Try to do your work first before asking the teacher for help. Don’t settle for second best.
- Move around the school in a sensible, orderly manner.
- Go to the toilet at break and lunchtimes and respect the facilities.
- Bring the correct equipment to school and make sure your diary is always with you in lessons.
- Be involved in the school community by attending extra-curricular and enrichment activities.
Teaching British Values
Promoting British Values at Altwood Church of England School
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. At Altwood Church of England School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy: Democracy is rife within the school. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard for example through our School Council and student questionnaires. Elections for House representatives on the School Council are undertaken in each tutor group. Students are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where students are safe to disagree with each other.
The Rule of Law: The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the classroom, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Individual Liberty: Within school, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young people to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and Personal Development Days. Whether it be through House activities or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, students are given the freedom to make choices. Mutual Respect: Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolve around our values such as ‘Respect’, and students have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. The school promotes respect and tolerance for others and this is reiterated through our classroom expectations as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs: This is achieved through enhancing students understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed up and supported by learning in other curriculum areas as well as through Personal Development days. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes at school.