British Values

The five British Values are:

  • Democracy

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.