At Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare our students for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed, taught and lived out through our Academy. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering students understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our ECM curriculum provides excellent opportunities to deepen and develop an appreciation of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and mutual respect.
Students embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives. The academy makes considerable efforts to ensure students have exposure to a wide range of experiences beyond the school environment during which these concepts are shown.
There is also an audit of the school curriculum that demonstrates where British Values are embedded and a subsequent action plan that demonstrates how we will develop the embedding of British Values in the school development planning cycle.
1. Promotion of democracy
OBA students engage in the democratic process by electing their student council representatives each year. Through the student council, every child has a voice which is heard. This is voice is heard through Student Parliament meetings and termly student voice surveys. Through a broad and varied curriculum students learn about how Britain has evolved into the society as we know it today.
In P4C, students discuss the importance of equality and freedom of speech or expression, and why these issues are central to democracy.
Staff, student and parent surveys each allow the opportunity for participant’s voices to be heard.
We encourage the promotion of democracy through visits from locally elected councillors and our MP.
2. Promotion of the rule of law
At OBA we consistently reinforce the importance of laws and rules, whether they govern a class, the school or the country. Students are taught the values of laws and rules, the reasons behind them and the consequences that apply when they are broken. The school has links with many external agencies related to the law and has an onsite Community Support Officer fostering positive relationships with our students and the wider community. The schools compete in a Magistrates Court Competition annually which is ran by Mrs Jarvis.
Links with the Police through the Runcorn student Engagement Officer who visits the academy at least once every week. She assists in arranging activities for students including: visits to prisons, operation treacle, firework safety, careers advice. OBA hosts the Cheshire Police’s Cadet Programme as an evening enrichment activity for children from all schools in our community.
3. Promotion of individual liberty
Our students are provided with a safe environment which allows them to think about and make informed choices in their lives both in and out of school. The extensive enrichment programme encourages students to be involved in a range of school and community-based activities of their choice. The school’s ethos around enrichment challenges all students to contribute positively in school and within the wider community in order to develop the skills to become effective British citizens.
The House system offers students the opportunity to contribute towards their House Community.
Kenya Trip to experience life in a different country and offer support to those less fortunate as themselves.
4. Promotion of mutual respect
Quality relationships is one of the school’s key values; the notion of mutual respect is central to the daily operation of our school. Respect for staff, students and peers is evident throughout the school environment. Respect is upheld within classrooms and students are encouraged to share their views as well as listen to others points of views. (P4C) Students are given responsibility to help and support each other, working together to ensure all students achieve their personal best.
5. Promotion and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Quality Relationships and Tolerance are two of our core school values. We strive to improve our students understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Students are offered a wide range of opportunities to experience such diversity in school through the ECM curriculum which focusses on current affairs, ECM days and extra-curricular and curricular trips and visits. Within the curriculum, we actively study a number of world religions and belief systems, looking at how these religions fit in with today’s modern world.
6. Our role to challenge students, staff and parents on issues
Incidents of intolerance (racial, homophobic, disability discrimination) are recorded and where required reported to the Local Authority. Action taken to deal with students. Short term exclusions have been used where necessary and the Principal has also made it clear to parents the importance of respect to support staff and teachers in their interactions.