The College takes every opportunity to promote British Values, defined by the government as the following:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
In actively promoting British Values, we will also focus on, and be able to show, how our work with students is effective in embedding fundamental British values. Actively promoting also means challenging students, staff, parents or carers that may express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including extremist views.
DemocracyEach of our College Houses has a House Council. Three students from each house represent our Student Senate. The Student Senate meet at least every month with the Senior Leader for Behaviour and Attendance to discuss issues raised from a student perspective. The Senate has its own budget and is genuinely able to effect change within the school. They are asked to review certain policies such as our “Behaviour and Rewards” policy, where they are able to give a student view. Students have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school. We have regular visits and activities that reinforce democracy, these have included visits from Local and national MPs. Various students take part in the recruitment process for new staff. During this process they will not only give their own opinion, but also learn about considering and empathising with others before coming to a collective decision.
The Rule of LawThe importance of laws, whether they are those that govern our classrooms, the College, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Kingsthorpe College. Student rules and expectations are reinforced via our “Code of Conduct” for Behaviour and Learning. 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 laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, the Army and the Fire Service help reinforce this message. Students have also taken part in relevant trips such as a visit to Northampton Magistrates Court as part of their history lessons.
Individual LibertyAt Kingsthorpe College, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a College we educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety assemblies and tutor time. Students are encouraged to make choices in regard to their curriculum at the end of Year 9. This includes curriculum choices such as Philosophy and Ethics where students develop their understanding of important issues and debates.
Mutual RespectPart of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. This is constantly re-enforced in assemblies, tutor time and throughout the school day.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and BeliefsThe Kingsthorpe College is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Assemblies, Religious Education, tutor time and through the skills lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.