British values play an important role in education. Ofsted monitor how thoroughly schools promote British values within their curriculum and general ethos. At Queens Park Academy, we actively promote British values, which are of course the same values as many countries and communities across the world. We also actively challenge those who oppose these fundamental views, including those promoting ‘extremism’. Schools are subject to a duty (Section 26, Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015) to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty. Helpful information for parents and families can be found here: https://educateagainsthate.com/parents/
Democracy is widespread across our school. We have an elected School Council (one pupil from each class) who meet monthly to discuss issues raised across the school and then feedback to their individual classes. They are responsible for our charitable fundraising as well as many other events.
Pupils also have the opportunity to lead on different areas of school life, helping to influence the decisions made and how ideas are carried out. These include Eco Warriors, Reading Leaders and Art Ambassadors. All of these roles are elected by the pupils and are displayed on our school Job Centre display.
Our learning goals and values are central to everything we do in school. The children, staff and governors of our school decided that six learning goals encapsulate the attitudes that we feel will be essential in the 21st century. The children designed characters that represent the learning goals. They are: Resilience, Co-operation, Enquiry, Creativity, Excellence and Communication. We celebrate children who have demonstrated behaviours linked to the learning goals in our weekly celebration assembly by pupils nominating a peer who has demonstrated one or more of the QPA Learning Goals in a significant way during the week.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced at Queens Park Academy to ensure that we have a calm and happy environment in which to learn and achieve. We have a clear behaviour policy that is understood and followed by all members of our school community. We demonstrate the values and behaviours we expect of everyone at all times. Pupils know right from wrong and understand the consequence of their actions.
At Queens Park Academy, pupils are actively encouraged to make the right choices, following our school values and golden rules. We support individuals to develop their self-esteem, self-knowledge and self-confidence in various ways including mentoring from our Early Intervention Officer. We have a strong anti-bullying culture and ensure that pupils are given the tools to keep themselves safe, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Pupils are able to make choices about their learning in and out of the classroom, for example attending a range of extra-curricular clubs. Children are encouraged to challenge themselves with their learning. This includes Times Tables Champions, Star Writers, JASS award and the English Speaking Union.
Many of our Golden Rules promote mutual respect for all members of our school community. These include: treat others as you want to be treated, be kind, and be respectful of everyone and everything. These are displayed all over the school and we regularly have assemblies that focus on them. The children are rewarded for showing behaviours linked to the golden rules. We are proud to be Stonewall School Champions ensuring that we offer an inclusive, equal and inspiring environment for all members of our school community.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
We are extremely proud of our multicultural community. 85% of our children speak English as an additional language and there are at least 24 different, first languages spoken in the homes of the children at our school.
Further to this, 95 % of the children at our school, are from ethnic minority backgrounds. We celebrate the different faiths and beliefs in our school through different themed days and our RE curriculum. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We attend trips and visits to local places of worship including our faith tour which includes visits to a local Mosque, Gurdwara and Church.