Promoting British Values

At St. Luke’s we pride ourselves on our promotion of the British Values of Democracy, Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We value the diverse backgrounds of all students, staff and our local community and are confident that our curriculum, extra-curricular activities and learning outside of the classroom helps all of our school community to celebrate diversity and understand the wider world with which we live. We teach our students to be tolerant and respectful towards others and to ensure that they have a voice within the school community and share their opinions with sensitivity, empathy and honesty.

At St. Luke’s Church of England School, the fundamental British Values are engrained within our day to day routines and reinforced regularly through our own distinctive ethos as follows;

Democracy

Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through a variety of means and are encouraged to give their opinions to help drive positive change throughout the College. All students undertake our annual Fit to Succeed survey which is centred on how they feel about how the College supports them to Stay Healthy, Stay Safe and secure a positive future. In addition, every student has the opportunity to drive change through our range of leadership opportunities with others choosing to take on responsibilities as volunteers so that they can positively influence the lives of others. Learning is constantly evaluated at St. Luke’s with students asked through our subject monitoring and review about the learning within a particular area of 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 the school day, as when as dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies/tutorial. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws and the consequences when laws are broken. Our partnership with the local police is strong and we work hard to ensure that students understand the consequences when laws are broken outside of their school life. Our own behaviour system is built upon a foundation of restorative justice with students having a sound grasp of what is fair and how to rebuild relationships that have broken down.

Individual Liberty

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 our young people to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment. At St. Luke’s we ensure that students are educated to make positive choices and have a comprehensive programme of PSHE that supports these choices whether it be concerning e-safety, healthy-active lifestyles or relationship education. Whether it is through the choice of challenge of which courses to follow for their KS4 or of participation in our extensive extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, students are given the freedom to make choices in a safe manner.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance

Our own ethos and values are built upon the concept of respect; respect for ourselves and respect for others. Our behaviour system hangs around the word LEARN with the ‘R’ representing Respect. Our pastoral programme and curriculum promote a good understanding and appreciation of different faiths and cultures and we take great pride in our Outstanding SIAMs OfSTED and status as an ICON School. The receipt of the BIG Award (anti-bullying) demonstrates our relentless approach to tackling any form of bullying or harassment with the importance of supporting both the victim and the perpetrator being at the core.