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The Hayesbrook School

A Brook Learning Trust Academy

Promoting British Values

British Values at The Hayesbrook School including Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development 

The Hayesbrook 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 Academy 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. The Hayesbrook 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.

The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools.  The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

The five British Values are:

    Democracy

    The rule of law

    Individual liberty

    Mutual respect

    Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

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

 Democracy

The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at The Hayesbrook School, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the Academy community, for instance, deciding the termly enrichment programme, student voice through our elected  Academy Council including the Head Boy and senior Prefects positions. The principle of democracy is also explored in the school curriculum where applicable such as Citizenship and History as well as in form time and assemblies. 

 The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at The Hayesbrook School.  Students and Parents are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted in the home school agreement as well as the student class 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 The Hayesbrook School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff within the Academy educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. 

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 Form Time work.

Hayesbrook has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a clear and effective Behaviour for Learning Policy.

 Mutual Respect

Respect is a strong part of The Hayesbrook School and is part of our PRIDE values.  Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.  All members of the Academy community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments. 

Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment. The Academy’s PRIDE value of Respect and Friendship places significant emphases on interaction with one another in addition to the Academy key classroom expectation ‘To support the learning of others’.

Tolerance of those 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 Academy community.  Through our PSHCE curriculum students will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.  Study and develop an understanding of their place locally through to internationally. Students benefit from a number of international trips as well as International visitors. All students study Modern Foreign Languages.  Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the Academy and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. 

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