Abbey Gate College is committed to the promotion of Fundamental British Values. To this end, we recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom.
We endeavour to nurture our children so that they can mature into safe, caring, democratic, responsible, and tolerant adults who make a positive difference in all that they choose to do in life. Pupils are encouraged to be creative, unique, open-minded, and independent individual who respect themselves and others.
Within our curriculum and co-curricular opportunities, we reinforce key British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
The examples that follow show some of the many ways that we seek to embed British values:
The principles of democracy are adopted within a range of processes that the College employs e.g. elections for College Forum.
Democracy is also explored within the study of History, Religious Studies, PSHEE and in Assemblies.
The Rule of Law:
Pupils are taught the value of having rules and laws and their application in lessons, whole College, and society as a whole.
All pupils have a ‘Planner’ in which the rules of the College are explained together with the consequences of failure to abide by these rules. Pupils and parents agree to the application of rules when they formally accept a place at the College.
The Behaviour Policy, rewards and sanctions systems reinforce the College’s commitment to ensuring that pupils learn about and understand the rule of law and the consequences of these being broken.
Within the curriculum, pupils are taught about the British legal system.
We endeavour to create an environment at Abbey Gate College that encourages pupils to make independent choices in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Boundaries are provided by staff to enable pupils to make informed choices.
Pupils are treated with respect and encouraged to know and understand their rights and personal freedoms and how to exercise these safely. Guidance is provided to give pupils information to enable them to make independent and informed choices within the curriculum, PSHEE and through a range of co-curricular experiences.
The policies that the College adheres to are written and regularly reviewed to ensure that they protect pupils and individual liberty.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum and is a core value at Abbey Gate College. Pupils know that it is expected that they show respect for themselves, other pupils, and everyone that they come into contact with.
In addition to assemblies, Form Time activities, PSHEE, and RS curriculum, pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people including faith, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexuality and family circumstances.
Abbey Gate College strives to ensure that its pupils are provided with a strong foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and to make a positive contribution to our society.