Castle View Enterprise Academy is committed to working closely and in harmony with its community and celebrating the diversity of the UK. We aim to prepare our students for life in modern Britain and to ensure that our Academy ethos, curriculum and approaches to teaching and learning reflect and actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs (including none).
We recognise that these values are not exclusive to being British and that they have come to be accepted throughout the democratic world as the method of creating an orderly society in which individual members can feel safe, valued and can contribute for the good of themselves and others.
We understand the role our Academy has in helping prevent radicalisation and supporting our students in developing a world view recognising Britain’s place within it.
Across the curriculum, through our assembly programme, Challenge Days, extra-curricular provision and enrichment activities, students are able to:
- Celebrate and commemorate national events and anniversaries related to key events in Britain’s past.
- Work alongside the local community; meeting different members of the community to appreciate the valuable contributions they make.
- Support a number of charities, which are chosen by the students, and arrange fundraising events.
- Understand and explain how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.
- Appreciate that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.
- Understand that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary.
- Understand that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.
- Show that other people having different faiths or beliefs (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- Understand the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
- Develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England.
- Acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England.
Through the ethos of our Academy, we encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, to show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school, and to society more widely. We actively challenge opinions and behaviours that are contrary to fundamental British values.
Student voice is a key driving force within the Academy; all students have the opportunity as an individual, as a member of a tutor group and within subject areas, to influence decision making and to have a voice. Students understand that they must use this voice responsibly.
All students are regularly consulted and have the opportunity to have their voice heard through questionnaires and focus groups within curriculum areas, within the pastoral system and with the Governing Body. Our ‘You said… We did …’ approach to responding to student voice allows students to see the democratic process in operation. Staff and parental thoughts are also collected as part of our Quality Assurance strategy and to drive further improvement.
Students within the Academy have key roles and responsibilities. Members of our school council are democratically elected by their peers, as are our Head Boy and Head Girl. Students holding leadership posts understand that they are accountable to the Academy community for the way in which they carry out these roles.
The extra-curricular offer is heavily student-led. Students identify the opportunities they would like to participate in as the starting point for the development of our after-school timetable.
Through our assembly programme and Challenge Day workshops, students are able to consider how democracy and the law works in Britain and contrast this to other forms of government in other countries. General or local elections are used to provide students with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view and to host mock elections.
Assemblies delivered by local MPs and by prestigious guest speakers from the Peers in Schools and Speakers in Schools programmes, including Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and Lord Sawyer, have provided invaluable insights into the UK political system.
The principle of democracy is also explored in the Lifeskills, History and RE curriculums.
The Rule of Law
Students in our Academy understand the need for rules in order to establish a happy and secure environment. Our behaviour policy is shared and understood and this provides a basis on which we discuss other laws and rules.
An understanding of the importance of rules is consistently reinforced through our reward system, our assemblies, our curriculum, our extra-curricular provision and our Academy ethos. Students are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules and laws are broken.
We work closely with our local community police officers.
Across the curriculum and during Challenge Day workshops, students are offered a range of opportunities to interact with members of the wider community including police, war veterans, the fire brigade and local magistrates; covering topics such as anti-social behaviour, extremism and Hate crime.
Opportunities within PE, extra-curricular activities and the Academy House System, promote ‘fair play’ and inclusion; the importance of following and developing rules; of rewarding and celebrating success as well as being magnanimous in defeat; whilst encouraging participation in activities that promote teamwork and healthy competition.
Lessons in Lifeskills and IT include discussion around data protection and online safety.
The rights of every students are at the centre of our ethos. However, students must also recognise the boundaries there must be too.
Within the Academy, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Through our LifeSkills curriculum and Challenge Day workshops, we encourage students to explore their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely.
Independent thinking and learning are encouraged and there are frequent opportunities for students to grow in maturity and independence. We place an emphasis on respecting difference and valuing creativity.
Students have key roles within the Academy with a wide range of leadership opportunities open to all students ranging from online safety leaders to events management. Peer Mentors and Lead Students support fellow students in making the right choices.
Students are encouraged to make their own choices about their participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities based on their needs and interests.
Our school ethos is based around our Core Values which include ‘Respect’. All members of the Academy treat each other with respect. We recognise the importance of not only respecting one another but also of self-respect. This is reiterated through our classroom expectations, as well as our rewards and behaviour policy. Students learn how their behaviour has an impact on themselves and also on others.
We have a clear Anti-Bullying policy which emphasises the importance of creating an environment both within the Academy and the wider world in which individuals can feel safe and valued.
Topics such as equal rights, healthy relationships are covered within the LifeSkills curriculum and during Challenge Days with the support of external agencies such as Diversity Role Models and Show Racism the Red Card.
Our RE curriculum covers all the main faith groups; looking at various aspects of different religious beliefs to help students to develop greater understanding and tolerance.
Our extracurricular and enrichment activities focus on building self-esteem and self-respect. They also include team-building and leadership activities.
Our links with local primary schools enable our students to work with younger children on specific projects.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs (including none)
We celebrate difference and diversity and aim to create an understanding of how this adds to the richness of our community.
We believe that exploring and understanding other people’s faiths and beliefs are rewarding experiences. At the Academy we strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. This is achieved through enhancing students understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by providing them with a wealth of opportunities to experience diversity.
We regularly welcome visitors and speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds to our Academy. Workshops on Challenge Days allow students to explore different religions and beliefs as well as interact with individuals from different faiths. All year groups work with Show Racism the Red Card to challenge stereotypes and to explore attitudes towards immigration and life in multi-cultural Britain.
Our RE curriculum, which follows the AQA Religious Studies B specification, teaches about a range of faiths, beliefs and cultures.