Skinners’ Academy Values and Ethos
“Be the best you can”
Skinners’ Academy is a truly great school offering an outstanding, all-round education, and is determined to be one of the best schools in London. We believe that all pupils, regardless of background or ability, should be supported to excel in all that they do.
This page describes the values and ethos of the Academy, including British values which we actively promote.
Skinners’ Academy Values
Inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic values, the Academy’s values reflect those of the London Games, in a way that is appropriate and authentic to our Academy and serves to contribute to being part of the legacy of the Games. These include:
Friendship – At Skinners’ Academy we value the contribution of others. We aim to make friends and be a good friend to others.
Respect – At Skinners’ Academy we respect each other and respond to our learning activities positively.
Equality – At Skinners’ Academy we believe in fairness and that the diversity of our community gives us strength.
Determination – At Skinners’ Academy we aim high and will not let minor setbacks divert us from our goals. We will always keep trying until we succeed.
Inspiration – At Skinners’ Academy we are motivated by the examples set by our heroes and strive to reach similar heights.
Courage – At Skinners’ Academy we are not afraid to take risks. We actively seek new experiences so that we can learn new skills.
Excellence – At Skinners’ Academy we strive for excellence in everything we do. We want to be the best we can be.
Promoting British Values
Skinners’ Academy recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. Situated in the heart of the country’s capital city we serve a diverse and exciting community.
“Be the best you can” – our Academy motto reflects our belief that all pupils, regardless of background or ability, should be supported to excel in all that they do. We understand the vital role the Academy plays in ensuring groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by anyone wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. The Academy seeks opportunities to celebrate our community and their rich heritage from all round the globe.
We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Skinners’ Academy is dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Skinners’ Academy, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for School Council positions, Advisory and House Captains. The principle of democracy is also explored in the PSHE, History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in advisory time and assemblies. In the run up to the General Election all pupils learnt about the British election process through PSHE.
- The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the Academy, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Skinners’ Academy. The Academy rules apply to everyone without exception as does the law of the land.
Pupils are taught the rules and expectations of the Academy , highlighted in pupil planners and the Home –Academy Agreement. Pupils are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken through PSHE, advisory and Assemblies.
We have strong and effective partnerships with key agencies such as the police and theatre groups, who support us to educate our pupils regarding the rule of law. Pupils in Y11 and Sixth Form can earn the privilege of being prefects and support Academy staff by enforcing the rules and acting as role models for our community.
- Individual liberty
At Skinners’ Academy, pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Skinners’ Academy educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety, PSHE and Advisory work. Peer Mentors are pupils in the Academy who work with their fellow pupils to support them make the right choices and seek adult intervention where necessary.
Skinners’ Academy has a robust anti-bullying culture and a comprehensive Behaviour for Life Policy.
- Mutual Respect
Respect is a strong part of Skinners’ Academy and is part of our Core Values. Pupils learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the Academy treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for pupils to express their views in a safe environment and developing effective communication skills and showing respect with effective teamwork, strengthened through our Enterprise Specialism. We value the contribution of all members of the community and take every opportunity to praise and show our appreciation of their valuable input through achievement assemblies and prize-giving.
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We are in a privileged position to equip our pupils with an understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. We provide opportunities to experience such diversity within the Academy community and beyond through extra-curricular trips both nationally and internationally. We regularly welcome visitors and speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Every year welcome a small number of pupils who are new to the country. All pupils are valued and supported to ensure a smooth transition into the Academy. Pupils are encouraged to be proud of their background, they actively share their faith and beliefs through assemblies and lessons. The Academy marks important festivals from across the world thereby improving our pupils’ global awareness. Religious Studies is compulsory for all pupils up to the end of KS4, it provides a broad education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.