Respect, tolerance for others and inclusiveness permeate our school community. Every individual is valued and encouraged to believe they can succeed.
We use the five Fundamental British Values to underpin all our work in school, building a greater sense of self identity and awareness of our place in the wider world. The five British Values are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Barclay Academy, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for student council representatives. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in PSHE lessons and assemblies.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the Academy, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Barclay Academy.
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the Academy which are highlighted by class rules 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.
At Barclay Academy, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Barclay Academy educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
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. Barclay Academy has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a clear Behaviour Policy and personal development programme.
Respect is a strong part of Barclay Academy and is part of our Ethos & 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. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment.
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. 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 KS4, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. Students visit local places of worship of different faiths.
Barclay Academy 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.