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British Values Statement

Calday Grange Grammar School - Promoting British Values

Calday Grange Grammar School is committed to serving its community. It 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.

It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Calday Grange Grammar School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students. Actively promoting these values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values.

The Teachers’ Standards expect teachers to uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school. This includes not undermining fundamental British values. Our teachers ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in our school. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy which clarifies how schools can demonstrate how they meet the requirements of the 2002 Education Act and latest guidance on the teaching of SMSC (November 2014) and OFSTED (January 2015)

The five British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Calday Grammar School uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways Calday Grange Grammar School seeks to embed British values.

Democracy

The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Calday, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, voting for Form Captains and School Council members. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in form time, PSHE lessons and assemblies.

The rule of law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently reinforced at Calday Grange Grammar School. Students were consulted in the development of the Anti-Bullying Policy and the new Behaviour Policy. Student Voice is regularly consulted. Our students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the ‘Respect’ leaflet which is a student code of conduct that clarifies student expectations. Students 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message.

Individual liberty

At Calday Grange Grammar School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Calday Grange Grammar School educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Individual pathways are provided to ensure students’ needs are met.

Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and PHSE work. Calday Grange Grammar School has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour Policy. Every classroom has a value statement expressing our unwillingness to tolerate racist, sexist and homophobic attitudes. We respect all students regardless of sexual orientation.

Mutual respect

Respect is a strong part of the Calday ethos and is fundamental to our mission statement. Students learn that their behaviours have 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 the teaching and learning environment. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment with Calday Grange Grammar School’s aim being to promote ‘Respect Ambition Pride’ amongst all students and staff within a tolerant and vibrant learning environment.

Tolerance of those who are different, of different faiths and beliefs

This is achieved though equipping students 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. Everyone is unique and we celebrate individuality as well as community. Students benefit from a number of international visitors, including partnerships with students from other continents and cultures.

Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all students up to the end of KS4, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures and visits are organised to local churches, synagogues and mosques.

Calday Grange Grammar School is part of the Confucius Classroom programme, explores every opportunity to promote cultural diversity and has a broad enrichment programme. Our curriculum fosters knowledge and understanding of global issues. Calday has also been accredited with the International Schools Award on several occasions in recognition of our work in partnerships with schools overseas, for example South Africa and China, to teach students about life in other countries and develop them as global citizens as well as being proud of their country and school.

Curriculum themes and topics - Our curriculum prepares children for life in British society; this includes developing the understanding of politics, debating skills, collaboration, teamwork and discussion, higher level research skills and gives students the confidence to develop and voice their ideas and opinions. Curriculum themes include historical and geographical study in the context of the United Kingdom as well as national and international comparisons. Topic examples: World War I and II, racism and prejudice, gender issues, sexuality and so on. Humanities subjects and PSHE follow themes that emphasise British values. In Drama, many issues are explored, such as bullying, harassment, isolation and relationships – all in a supportive environment.

Daily acts of collective worship/ whole school assembly - Our assemblies uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. Local religious leaders are invited to take assemblies and student participation is encouraged. All reinforce these traditional values.

PE - Promotion of the concept of “fair play”, following and developing rules, celebrating and rewarding success, accepting defeat and participating in activities that promote cooperation with others and inclusion for all form an integral part of the PE curriculum. Many of our students choose to follow the Sports Leaders programme to further promote theses values.

Involvement in key local and national events - In recent years, we celebrated the centenary of WW1 and our school 375th anniversary with special events, assemblies and themed lessons. Each year Armistice Day is remembered and, led by the Combined Cadet Force, students are encouraged to reflect on this; we have been represented at local events to commemorate the start of World War 1. We also send students to take part in the annual Holocaust Memorial Day service.

All students get involved in charity events and activities, raising funds for those in need. School Charities have included Leukaemia Research, Jeans for Genes, Macmillan and many more. Each year there are special collections and events to fund Refilwe, the South African Orphanage sponsored and supported by the school. A number of Year 12 pupils go to work at the orphanage during the summer term.

At election time the school holds its own elections with campaigns and internal voting. Each year students attend the local Youth Voice Conference and Youth Parliament. The sixth form all do community service and numerous students achieve silver or gold Duke of Edinburgh Award; a major part of this is service to the community.

Calday Grammar School strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of British values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our society.