The school’s mission statement of “We Seek The Best” sums up our commitment to our core values of Respect, Aspiration, Collaboration, Excellence and Resilience. At Halewood Academy we promote British values in a variety of ways. These values are taught explicitly through our Personal Development Curriculum.
The examples that follow are an indication of some of the ways we embed British values at Halewood Academy and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
Halewood Academy students have a voice. That voice is heard through regular Student Council meetings. The student council report to various committees within their year group and for specific councils. They are led by the Prefect Team who are made up of Prefects, Senior Prefects and the Principal Head Prefects. This group of young leaders regularly meet with senior staff. The importance of parliamentary democracy is demonstrated in publicly held elections of of the young leaders which include nominations, canvassing and voting. Students are also involved in the recruitment process for some members of staff.
Upholding the Law
Halewood Academy consistently reinforces the importance of laws and rules, whether they govern a class, the school or the country. Laws and rules are also reinforced through year assemblies. Students are taught the values of laws and rules, the reasons behind them and the consequences that apply when they are broken. The school has links with the Fire Service and the Police and both are regular visitors to school assemblies. The school has an onsite Community Support Officer.
Tolerance of Others
The various churches and faith groups that call Britain home are all a key part of the Personal Development Curriculum and that of Religious Education. We strive to improve our students’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in school. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are supported by learning in curriculum time for Personal Development. These issues are often discussed at length in specific subject areas too.
Students are actively encouraged to think about and make good and right choices in their daily lives in and out of school. We provide students with a safe and secure environment that supports them in making the right choices via a balanced curriculum. Students are encouraged get involved in a variety of extra-curricular and community activities. Students and staff work together for a large number of charitable causes throughout the year (British Legion Poppy Appeal, Children In Need, Save the Children and Local Charities). Pupils are encouraged to participate in leadership opportunities that not only develop their skills but could potentially impact on a large number of students.
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. Our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around Core Values: Respect, Aspiration, Collaboration, Excellence and Resilience. Students are part of discussions and assemblies related to what these mean and how they are shown. Our ethos promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our individual classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy.The following ‘Charter of Rights’ and ‘Expectations for All’ sets out these expectations.
Charter of Rights
In Halewood Academy
Every student has the right to learn
Every teacher has the right to teach
We all have the right to feel and be safe
We all have the right to dignity and respect
Students, parents/carers and staff all have responsibilities associated with these rights.
Expectations for All Students
Treat everyone with respect
Be punctual to all lessons
Wear correct uniform at all times
Bring all relevant equipment to lessons
Work to the best of their ability
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum from the concept of ‘fair play’ in PE to the student peer mentoring programme which promote mutual respect and support between students across different year groups within the school.