British Values at St Andrew’s
British values are the heart of St Andrew’s vision, values and ethos. Guided by our Christian faith, we strive to empower all our young men to make the best choices for their future. Our commitment to promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs runs through the heart of our schools curriculum and decision making.
At St Andrew’s, we take every opportunity to actively promote and embed the fundamental British values through our teaching of
- an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
- an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
- an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
- an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
- an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and
- an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
Throughout the school we support and promote the themes of the British Values in the following ways
The School has an a number of active student bodies, including the School council, Make Learning Better group (MLB), The Head boy team and our House system of Captains. These student bodies are selected though democratic elections of the students are integral in helping support the running and decision making through providing their independent student voice. The school takes every opportunity to engage in debate and runs mock elections alongside those of our parliamentary system.
Rule of Law
Through our schools behaviour policy, students are actively taught to distinguish between right and wrong and to make reparation as needed. Students are taught that there are positive and negative consequences to their actions, and that breaking school rules has clear and predictable outcomes, as with British law.
We work in partnership with our local outside agencies, such as our local magistrates and police liaison, to give advice and guidance on personal safety but also to reinforce messages that some activities are illegal and what the consequences might be. We place an emphasis on sports and promoting the rules and laws of team games.
Our school places a special emphasis on trust, resilience, patience, compassion and kindness. We actively teach students to take responsibility for their behaviour as well as knowing their rights and responsibilities.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. We challenge stereotypes in all areas of the curriculum and are truly inclusive, so that all students can participate fully in all areas of school life, including opportunities where students develop their understanding of important issues and debates. Through our Pastoral care system, acts of bullying and intolerance towards others are taken seriously and addressed swiftly.
Promoting Mutual Respect and Tolerance
The curriculum and ethos at St Andrew’s promotes respect for individual difference. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of our own, and other, faiths and cultures. School assemblies, Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. The students visit places of worship that are important to our own and others different faiths. Mutual respect is at the heart of our school values. Students at St Andrew’s learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Listening to others and behaving as we would want others to behave towards us are important principles of everyday school life.