Ethos + Values
It is our purpose to develop a creative thinking learning culture which is inclusive, innovative and vocational supported by the arts and rural dimension.
We want to:
- develop the capacity for lifelong learning
- build and sustain a strong safe learning community
- foster personalisation through creative and cultural learning
- secure sustainability and build capacity.
At Brockhill Park Performing Arts College our students come first and our priority is to deliver high quality teaching and learning whilst at the same time providing rich and truly enjoyable learning experiences. Everything we do as a school is to ensure that the students achieve their very best. We are deeply aware that students only get one chance at their education and it is our job to ensure that they all reach the highest levels of personal achievement and development.
We want every student to be successful; to reach for success from the very first day they join us and throughout their school lives so that when they leave us they have a love of learning for the rest of their lives.
We will strive to:
- Provide a secure and stimulating environment that is conducive to all students having the opportunity to reach their full potential
- Have regard and respect for the experiences, knowledge and cultural diversity that every student brings to school. To use this as a foundation for improving standards
- Value the achievements of all students, both in and out of school and provide opportunities to develop self-confidence and a positive self-image
- Provide a supportive culture in which all staff are encouraged to extend, develop and share their expertise
- Ensure that issues of equal opportunities are considered in all our work
- Provide a curriculum based on the National Curriculum that is broad, balanced, relevant, progressive and appropriately differentiated
- Offer all students equal access to the curriculum and school life in the community where individual differences are appreciated, celebrated, understood and accepted
- Encourage students to become good citizens, by developing caring attitudes and respect for themselves, other students, adults, their school and their community
- Recognise that students are constantly developing and ensure that the curriculum offered is appropriate
- Encourage each individual to take responsibility for his/her behaviour and to act as a good role model to others.
The Department for Education state that there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Brockhill Park Performing Arts College these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Students have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class. The school council is able to effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are elected by their class.
Students participate in further questionnaires when appropriate.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. In Citizenship lessons and Assemblies visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for young people to make sound choices. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. They are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons.
Our Behaviour Policy, Code of Conduct and other policies revolve around values such as mutual respect. Students have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what is expected of them. Assemblies, PSHE lessons and the Code of Conduct promote respect for others. This this is reiterated through work in the playground, classroom, and on the sports field.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our policies ensure tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. This is achieved through enhancing students’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes.