Promotion of British Values
The government defined British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ (2011)these values are listed as:
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The promotion of ‘British Values’ is central to Hartford Church of England High School because British values have their origin in the Christian heritage of our nation.
At Hartford Church of England High School we recognise, not only the importance of helping students to flourish academically but also spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, so they are fully prepared for life in British society and for their roles as citizens, able to make the strongest possible contribution to the common good of all.
We are guided by our school motto: Caritas et Veritas, Love and Truth. The Bible reveals God to be love and truth in Jesus Christ, and this shapes both our Christian distinctiveness and our inclusive character.
Our Christian Ethos means that we place a significant emphasis on the celebration of individuality and difference within our communities and our calling to work together for the common good, in the service of others.
“The headteacher, senior and middle leaders and governors share high expectations and an unswerving commitment to ensure that every student
achieves their goals, whatever their circumstances.” Ofsted 2013
The school promotes British values through having a School Council that operates through all year groups and through our House system. Within our council structure we have an Executive council, Council reps, Charity Reps, Sports Reps as well as Subjects and CE Status Ambassadors. These are appointed by peers and represent the student voice through-out the school. The student voice makes crucial decisions concerning the future development of the school and Christian status as well as focussing our charitable donations throughout the academic year.
Through Citizenship in the curriculum, students are also encouraged to participate in discussion to develop both listening and speaking skills as well as the ability to defend an argument and to accept a wide variety of opinions. Team work and collaboration is encouraged and students work together on activities as a standard approach to learning.
Extra-curricular activities such as visiting Parliament, the Youth Speaks Team and Magistrates Mock Trial competitions also develop students’ understanding of democracy and their role in the community.
“Students enjoy the healthy competition which results from the House system.” — Ofsted 2013
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced.
The school aims to create a community that reflects the teachings of Christ and how this relates to modern life.
The school insists on the highest standards in all matters including appearance, conduct, and behaviour. Students comply with the rules and regulations of the school which in itself reflects a strong adherence to the Rule of Law. Students are taught the values and reasons behind the laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Our pupils benefit from a themed day based on responsibility to spend time with local magistrates and reflect to a deeper level upon this.
The school community benefits from good links with Community Police Officers, the Fire Service, School Nurses and Transport Police Officers and are often invited into school to work with students in a proactive and preventative manner.
“Students’ behaviour in lessons and around the site is outstanding. They are polite, respectful and confident with teachers and visitors.” — Ofsted 2013
The school knows that students are different in many ways. However, there is one way in which all students of Hartford CE High are the same: all are equal in importance. Both in lessons and around the school, teachers strive to ensure that each student is known individually, and that each one is valued and respected as a member of the school community.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely through the provision of an empowering education. We encourage pupils to see themselves as unique individuals able to make unique contributions to the community. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and responsibilities and receive advice about how to exercise them safely.
This equally applies to the wide range of extra-curricular activities to which students have access. These provide additional opportunities for the pursuit of individual interests and we believe that the provision of these activities outside the classroom greatly enhance the school experience and the development of “the whole person” and encourage the pursuit of personal excellence along with commitment to team work where appropriate.
The behaviour of students in lessons is often exemplary. Students show exceptional independence, initiative in solving problems and frequently become absorbed in their learning- OFSTED 2013
“The very extensive enrichment opportunities, especially in sport, music, drama and languages are popular with students and enthusiastically followed up.” — Ofsted 2013
The school provides for its students an environment that challenges them to make the most of their God-given talents while at the same time helping them to develop as young people. Students are expected to work hard and demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour, courtesy and dress at all times.
Respect is one of the core Christian Values of our school that is modelled by students and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. In our commitment to democracy, students are always able to voice their opinions as we foster an environment where students can debate ideas and be safe to disagree with each other. We encourage pupils to substantiate opinions and to realise the value of co-operation and consensus.
The Behaviour Policy is clear in its expectations with regard to students. The behaviour expected from students falls in to three core expectations that are central to good behaviour: respect for others, respect for yourself and respect for the School. These are defined as follows:
Respect for others
- Treat all other people in the same way as you would like to be treated;
- Listen to and accept the views of others;
- Encourage and help those around you;
- Respect school property and the property of others;
- Language should never be foul, racist, sexist or homophobic; no student should accept or tolerate such language.
Respect for yourself
- Use your time to good effect and try your best at everything you attempt;
- Accept praise and respond positively to criticism;
- Dress neatly, wear the correct school uniform and take pride in your appearance.
Respect for the School
- Represent the School in a way that demonstrates the values of the Hartford Church of England High School
- Respect others’ learning environment;
- Arrive at school, lessons and activities on time with the correct equipment and uniform;
- Participate enthusiastically in all lessons and activities;
All pupils at Hartford Church of England High School work towards the Archbishop of York, Young Leaders Award. The purpose of this award is for pupils to acknowledge the responsibility they have in the community they live in and the wider community they contribute to. Our pupils have the opportunity to make a difference and ‘Be the change they want to see’
“The pastoral support and care provided by the school are outstanding.” — Ofsted 2013
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through equipping students with the ability to develop positive values and to understand their own beliefs and their place in a culturally diverse society. All pupils experience a connection with other cultures and beliefs through our RS and Citizenship programmes.
By the end of their 5 year journey through secondary education, all pupils will have studied, reflected and have the opportunity to respond to all religions specified within the Cheshire agreed syllabus. Specifically, as a Church of England school, we want all our students to know what a Christian is and whether or not they are one.
However, we continue to develop our links with the different cultures and understanding of the different religious convictions represented in Britain. We have established relationships with Muslim, Buddhist and Baha’i communities as well as different Christian representatives. These are utilised in a themed day on ‘Community Cohesion’ where our pupils can understand, learn from and respect those who differ from them.
‘Students have a good understanding of people from other cultures’
‘Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well. Students and staff share an increasingly strong sense of community’