The DfE have recently reinforced the need
"to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs."
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, with current up-to-date guidance of the 'Prevent Duty' available at this
link. We also have a Parent Pamphlet.
At Kingsdown these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Students have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class and year council meetings.
Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from agencies such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely; for example through our E-Safety and PSHCE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge or through participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, students are given the freedom to make choices.
Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Kingsdown is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE & PSHCE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
At Kingsdown we will actively challenge students, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including 'extremist' views.
Headteacher : Mrs E Leigh-BennettKingsdown School, Hyde Road, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, SN2 7SH
Tel: 01793 822284
Kingsdown School is an academy which is a part of the River Learning Trust which is an exempt charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with registered company number 7966500 and its registered office is The Cherwell School, Marston Ferry Road, Oxford OX2 7EE.