Respect for civil and criminal law
Treating others with respect and good manners is the cornerstone of our School Code. Students are expected to live and are taught to think morally, and thereby to distinguish between right and wrong. This is particularly evident in our ethos, sense of community and Mission Statement with its focus on Gospel values such as peace, justice, equality and tolerance. This is also evident in form time, RE lessons and ECM/Citizenship days; at assemblies and in our Choose to LearnBehaviour Management Policy.
Social Justice is a very important part of our pastoral curriculum and Citizenship work. It is reflected in our philanthropic projects such as sponsoring students at the Debrabant School in Tanzania and regular charity fundraising, e.g. the Manna Project, Breast Cancer Awareness, Poppy Appeal, Ebola Emergency relief fund, sponsorship fund for students’ education at Debrabant School, Tanzania and CAFOD Lenten One Climate One World campaign]. Social Justice is brought about by being a Talking and Listening School, with considerable student involvement in the Peer Mentoring Anti-bullying programme.
We teach students how to channel their disagreements through restorative justice and explicit reconciliation activities. We provide our students with a healthy approach to airing grievances in the School Council, and encourage their confidence in expressing their views through experiencing debates, and form time discussion. We enable students to take on responsibilities through leadership opportunities such as guides, ambassadors and prefects and to lead change through becoming a School Council representative or member of our Junior Leadership Team.
Vivos, our Reward system, and celebration assemblies provide us with regular means to recognise and affirm good work, moral choices and progress in learning. Our use of SIMS Behaviour Log enables us to record Achievements and monitor any misbehaviour weekly, intervene where necessary and impose sanctions when appropriate.
Responsible behaviour to and from school is reinforced through assemblies and by SLT presence at the school gates and bus stop every day. Complaints are swiftly followed up and shared with students.
We work in partnership with all civil agencies and involve them wherever possible in our ECM/Citizenship curricula. We actively promote civic institutions so that students learn to value and appreciate local government and local facilities, the National Health Service, the Fire Service, the Police, the Youth Offending Team and the justice system, the Armed Forces, Social Services and public transport.
Appreciate viewpoints of others on ethical issues
This is actively taught in all RE lessons, but especially in GCSE RE which is compulsory for every student. It is promoted in English lessons but also in Citizenship, Geography, History and many other subjects. The GCSE RE specification with its ethics paper encompasses medical issues, euthanasia, family life, abortion, crime and punishment, poverty and human rights, and the environment; all of which actively support students in understanding other view points on complex issues.
Acceptance and engagement with fundamental British values of democracy
We actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy through:
- Mock General Elections
- School Council, House & Form Representative elections
- Junior House Leadership elections
- Elections for the Junior Leadership Team
- Assemblies e.g. emphasis on respect for other faiths and applying our values in forming attitudes and viewpoints.
Citizenship days in Year 7 include:
- Roles, responsibilities and rules, introduction to citizenship, care for the local environment, celebration of international arts and culture
- History curriculum: the development of democracy: the Magna Carta
Citizenship days in Year 8 include:
- Migration and building British society, the legal system & consequences, keeping safe, precious liberties & slavery
- History curriculum: the Bill of Rights
Citizenship days in Year 9
- The development of democracy, internet safety: rights & freedoms protected, the role of voluntary groups, local councillor & local
- History curriculum: Suffragettes & the extension of the franchise
Citizenship days in Year 10 include:
- How parliament works & holds general elections, the passage of a bill through parliament, meet an MP.
Citizenship days in Year 11
- Voting rights, finance management & debt avoidance
Contribute positively to life in Modern Britain
Students actively contribute positively through:
- putting our ethos into action
- carrying out charity work
- participating in intergenerational activities e.g. Advent Tea Party
- maintaining international links eg Debrabant School, Tanzania
- celebrating international Women’s Day
- attending student conferences (Engineering, Women of the World etc)
- taking part in the Olympics, sports events, concerts, the Gospel Choir, school shows and World Book Day,
- entering competitions such as Speak Up, Speak Out & Bexley Public Speaking Competitions