Perry Beeches The Academy is a school which serves our community. Staff and students recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand our role in ensuring groups or individuals are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows 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. Perry Beeches is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
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 rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are part of our culture and underpin our curriculum and extra-curricular activities and some examples are :
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Perry Beeches, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for Head Boy and Girl and Prefects positions, as well as school council positions. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in form time and assemblies. Future debating club in English allows students a deeper understanding of the process of influence over others.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Perry Beeches.
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the student code of conduct and student expectations. Students 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message. Within Business and ICT lessons, students gain a deeper understanding of some of the many laws regarding e-safety and copyright infringement.
At Perry Beeches, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Perry Beeches educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Within the English curriculum, students consider different perspectives when investigating the war poetry of the First World War.
Students 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 and Form Time work.
Perry Beeches has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning Policy.
Respect is the first value in our Perry Beeches family values. Students learn that their behaviours has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments. We also take all of our year 9 year group to Normandy where we partake in Remembrance events showing respect for those who gave their lives from both sides of the two World Wars.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment with respect meaning to us that; we respect everyone at our academy is different but that everyone belongs to this family.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students benefit from a number of international visitors, including from other continents and cultures. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all students up to the end of KS3, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. We are very proud of our provision of celebration events throughout the year such as LGBT week and Black History Month.
Perry Beeches strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our Society.