Armthorpe Academy is committed to equipping our students to be active citizens of the 21st. Century and therefore we promote and reinforce British Values to all our students through our curriculum and the wider aspects of student life. The promotion and teaching of
British Values reinforce the academy’s own values:
It is though these values that we have established the academy’s individual ethos which both supports and complements British Values
Our students are encouraged to be creative thinkers, intellectual risk takers and choice makers who understand the rights and responsibilities that encompass their time in our safe and supportive environment. Our Personal Development Curriculum underpins the development of 21st century citizens within our Academy, and the curriculum and wider enrichment programme we offer provides students with the freedom to make choices that allows them to develop and flourish under our care and guidance.
Student leadership and the right to a voice form a key part of the development of our Academy. Both our Academy values and our rewards system were developed through our student voice process, and student voice forms a key role in the development of each faculty, as well as the quality of teaching and learning. Aspects of democracy also appear throughout the curriculum and our assembly programme, highlighting the value of a voice within society and the responsibility that comes with that right. Student Ambassadors help to develop #ey aspects of the academy through the democratic process and debate that engenders collaboration and collective responsibility.
As one of our key values, ‘Respect’ is part of the DNA of life at Armthorpe Academy, from the welcome at the gate, to the behaviour policy and the day to day interactions that promote role models within the Academy and the community we serve. Our assemblies and curriculum show how discrimination and unfairness have a corrosive impact that diminishes us all and through modelling respect we support and elevate each other to achieve. The principle ‘other people matter’ is a regularly occurring strand of the assembly programme, and is recognised and celebrated through Governors Commendation Awards.
The nature of the governance of communities, in the Academy and beyond, in terms of how it protects us and expects of us, is an important part of life in the Academy. Our ‘choices and consequences’ system, and the reinforcement of the values that it upholds, help to develop an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that we should not take for granted. The Personal Development Curriculum includes a range of content that reinforces the rule of law, whether it relates to sexual and emotional development, drugs education or the political framework of Great Britain
Opportunities to share and discuss the myriad aspects of British diversity form a key part of our curriculum. We develop an understanding of our cultural heritage through our History and Geography curriculum, we use literature that reinforces the value of diversity in our English curriculum and the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of our students is the bedrock of our Personal Development Curriculum and our assembly programme.
Our values support the spiritual development of our students to enable them to develop their:
- ability to reflect on their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that shapes their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faith, feelings and values;
- sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them;
- use of imagination and creativity in their learning and a willingness to reflect on their experiences
Our values support the moral development of our students to enable them to develop their:
- ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, and to apply understanding to their own lives and, in doing so, respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions;
- understanding of the viewpoints of others and the moral and ethical influences that formulate those points of view.
Our values support the social development of our students to enable them to develop their:
- use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with students from different religions ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds;
- willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively;
- acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Our values support the cultural development of our students to enable them to develop their:
- understanding and appreciation of the wide cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others;
- understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within the Academy and further afield as an essential element in their preparation for life in 21st century Britain;
- knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain;
- willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities;
- interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity;
- tolerance towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
The goal of Armthorpe Academy, through the development of these skills and attitudes, is to develop the personalities who have the foundation, purpose and willingness to participate in and drive forward 21st century Great Britain.