At Grange Academy we value the diversity and backgrounds of all pupils, families and the wider school community.
We promote and embed our own Grange Values and Unicef Rights Respecting charters to reinforce British Values.
The Department for Education states that there is a need:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Our school reflects British Values in all that we do.
- Pupil Voice is addressed through Pupil Parliament, questionnaires and through our Right Respecting charters.
- Our School Development Plan includes a Pupil Voice Plan aimed at suggestions made by pupils.
- Informal voting on issues within form times and lessons.
- We hold democratic pupil parliament elections and voting.
- Pupils attend their person centred EHCP review meeting and their opinions are shared in the most appropriate and meaningful way.
- There is explicit consideration of democracy within PSE and RSE lessons. Curriculum areas lend themselves to thoughtful discussion.
- The principles of democracy are explored in the whole curriculum e.g. turn taking, sharing and collaboration, as well as during assemblies and special projects.
- Improving outdoor play and sports facilities for break and lunchtimes.
- Helping design learning spaces such as the school library.
- Collaborating on school awards such as wellbeing, Food For Life, Artsmark and Unicef Rights Respecting.
- Promoting a school environment where questions are valued and encouraged – ‘You say, We did.’
Rule of Law
The school’s ethos promotes and encourages respect and helps pupils to distinguish right from wrong.
Our Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff, parents and carers.
We raise awareness of bullying by being part of the National Anti-Bullying Week and Internet Safety Day.
Our school environment is one that promotes independence and individual communication. Our aim is to work towards pupils having full independence.
As pupils move up through the school they are supported to understand their rights and personal freedoms and are given appropriate advice to enable them to make independent decisions.
Vulnerable pupils are supported to make appropriate decisions and staff ensure that adults supporting them are doing so with the pupils’ best interests.
We conduct regular pupil and parent surveys and use the results to inform the coming year’s school development plan.
Respect is one of the core values of our school.
Our pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone. School assemblies address what respect means and how it is shown.
Displays around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, newsletters, as well as our Behaviour Policy.
Both in and out of the classroom pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other opinions, cultures and ways of life.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
- Recognise and discuss religious celebrations in lessons, form times and assemblies.
- Promote an understanding of a variety of cultures and faiths through bespoke timetabled days, such as Diwali, Ramadan, Chinese New Year, Hannukah and Christmas.
- Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school e.g. a discussion of fasting during Ramadan.
- Through the PSE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences in family situations.
- Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship e.g. in RE pupils visit the Gurdawara, Mosques and local churches.
Grange Academy is a Unicef Gold Rights Respecting School and Gold Artsmark School. Ofsted rated ‘Good with outstanding leadership’ (July 2017).
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