Sewell Park Academy is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. It recognises the multicultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, and therefore those it serves. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
The Academy accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including pupils of all faiths or none. It follows the policies outlined by its governing body regarding equality, which guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. It seeks to serve all.
The Government requires all schools to actively promote fundamental British values, in order to improve safeguarding; strengthen the barriers to extremism; ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background and to ensure young people leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain. This aligns with all schools’ obligations under section 78 of the Education Act (2002), as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, social (SMSC), mental and physical development of pupils at the Academy and of society.
The fundamental British values, first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011 and reinforced through further Department for Education advice in November 2014 are:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Each of the pastoral houses are assigned a British Value and each SMSC activity and assembly and weekly theme is explicitly linked to a core British Value.
Below are some examples of actions we take to promote British values at Sewell Park Academy
Curriculum - Across the curriculum, opportunities are built into lessons for students to explore and practise fundamental British values, either through topics studied or by following the school’s general structures and behaviour codes. PSHE schemes of learning include age appropriate opportunities to study community cohesion, conflict resolution, democracy, youth voice, local government, human rights, the law and justice, diversity, the European Union and global citizenship.
Wider School Life - Our vision, values and general ethos support the fundamental British values and we have a strong emphasis on the development of SMSC across the school. Within school, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. There is a full programme of assemblies and Themes of the Week / Daily Reflection for the week with a particular emphasis on positivity, respect, aspiration, tolerance and diversity. In tutor time forms discuss recent news events and how these impact on them as well as reflecting on SMSC/British Value themes. We have a Head Boy, Head Girl and House Captains, in Year 11, ensuring that students from all year groups can learn from each other and have the opportunity to act as positive role models. Students vote on charities to support and regularly organise fundraising activities for these.
Student Voice - We promote democratic processes, fostering the concept and application of freedom of speech and group action to address needs and concerns. Key to this is the concept of holding others to account, including those in positions of authority and influence. There is a tiered system of democratically elected form captains and sports captains which meet regularly to discuss /effect positive changes to the school.
Extra-curricular - There is a wide range of sporting, creative and academic activities and a large number of teacher support sessions to choose from. These promote self-development, self-esteem, confidence, understanding of the concept of ‘fair play’, following and developing rules, inclusion, celebrating and rewarding success, being magnanimous in defeat and participation in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others. There are numerous visits and residentials organised to widen students’ perspectives during SMSC week; whereby students partake in activities linked to the SMSC themes.