- Houses of Parliament
- Mock Election Day
- Democracy Day
- Visit of Lord Bowness
Promotion of British values
We have a firm commitment to helping our students to flourish academically whilst at the same time, embracing our wider role in preparing them for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum. Part of our role to help them prepare is to ensure that we promote and reinforce British values to our students.
In the 2011 Prevent Strategy, the government set out its definition of British values: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. At Warlingham School these values are reinforced in a comprehensive manner and they permeate the school community.
The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at this school and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
The democratic process is employed throughout the school for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for our School Governors, Head Boy and Head Girl, House Council Members and Student Council Representatives. Indeed the Student Council has an active and strong voice. The Debating Club and Debating Competition are built upon the principle of respect for others and the democratic process. Mock elections take place to reflect the national political scene and student participation is high. This process is supported by visits to school by local and other MPs. Further to this, the Year 7 programme of study includes a Democracy Day, which culminates in the formation of a parliament, again supported by a visiting MP. The principle of democracy is explored in History, Citizenship and Religious Studies and in morning assemblies.
The rule of law
The importance of laws are consistently reinforced through our Behaviour for Learning policy which is implemented by staff and respected by students. School assemblies and the Student Council also address and reinforce behavioural issues. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
We actively encourage our students to make independent choices, knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safety, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety in Computing and Citizenship.
Respect is at the core of our school ethos and is modelled by students and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. In line with our commitment to democracy, students at Warlingham School are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where students feel safe to have differing opinions. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum from the concept of ‘fair play’ in PE to a number of student-led programmes which promote mutual respect between students across different year groups within the school.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
We help our students to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and we give them opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community and outside. As a school, we are fortunate to benefit from a number of visitors who share both their language and culture with our students. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school. Our Religious Studies curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures; all students take RE as a GCSE. It provides students with the opportunity to celebrate and experience faiths and beliefs in a safe, well-organised environment, linked to the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) curriculum.
Should you feel that the school is not meeting this requirement, please contact the school and raise your concerns with the Headteacher. Likewise, if you feel that anyone working at the school is undermining these values we would be grateful if you would report this to the Headteacher.
For further information about some of the activities mentioned here, please refer to Warlingham News. All editions of Warlingham News can be accessed by clicking here.