At the Fulbridge Academy we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world.
At the Fulbridge Academy we ensure that through our school vision, values, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles.
We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We value the importance of the current Ofsted guidance:
‘…..should ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain.’
Actively promoting also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental human values, including ‘extremist’ views. We also understand the vital role we have in ensuring that groups or individuals within the Academy are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
At the Fulbridge Academy, values of tolerance and respect permeate all areas of school life. This engenders a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfilment of potential. Pupil voice plays an integral part in driving the Academy forward and school rules at different levels are seen as the foundation upon which this can be achieved.
The Fulbridge Academy is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multicultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our Academy plays in promoting these values.
Our admissions policy promotes that all are entitled to education under British law regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status. We are truly a school for all. We follow 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.
The Fulbridge Academy is committed to serving its community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, exemplified by the North Ward of Peterborough where our Academy is situated.
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. We believe that these values are not exclusive to Britain.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance and understanding of different faiths and beliefs
Children are involved in democratic processes e.g: voting for school councillors and House Captains. The school council itself is led by a member of staff and adheres to democratic processes, reporting its actions to the children, school community and Governing Body.
We have links with councillors who have come into school and organised visits to the Town Hall and the Houses of Parliament to educate the children about upholding the law, understanding electoral system and the role of the police and the prosecution service.
Democracy is clearly evident within our Academy. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, pupil questionnaires and pupil conferences. The election of House Captains is based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils have discussed.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at The Fulbridge Academy, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community and in the History and Faith & Belief curriculum as well as in P4T time and assemblies.
The Rule of Law
The Fulbridge Academy has links with the local police, fire and drugs services.
We have a clearly structured behaviour policy which all stakeholders understand and follow.
We regularly review behaviour incidents in school and share these with key stakeholders.
Assemblies are delivered with a focus on what is right and wrong.
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the Academy, or the country, are consistently reinforced as part of the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through assembly themes. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; Ambulance etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. The concept of the Rule of Law is also reinforced through teaching activities in our Citizenship and Ethics curriculum.
Within the Fulbridge Academy, pupils 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 young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through E-Safety and their personal, social and emotional education programme. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, lunch options, of participation in extracurricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school, with badges to signify their role of responsibility within the Academy. As part of our creative approach to the National and wider curriculum, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in our safe and supportive environment.
Fulbridge has a robust anti-bullying/anti-racist culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning approach.
Our PSHE curriculum embodies values of mutual respect through units of learning such as Relationships and Being a Responsible Citizen.
Our full time Sports Teaching Specialists actively promote an attitude of equality and fairness.
Respect is one of our key Life Skills that pupils focus on throughout the Academy and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
Our school ethos promotes mutual respect between pupils across different phases of school.
These ideas are reiterated through the school and classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Additional support, through our Learning Mentor programme, is given to individual children to help develop self – esteem and the concept of respect.
Respect is a strong part of the Fulbridge Academy and is part of its Mission Statement & Values. Pupils 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.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum with a focus on our Life Skills that provides the opportunity for pupils to express their views in a safe environment with an ethos of ‘allow one voice – so that the thoughts and answers of all are respected’.
Tolerance and Understanding of different faiths and beliefs
Our Faith and Belief curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
We have a large number of EAL children and actively use school resources to promote children from all different backgrounds in our Academy.
We embrace pupils of all different backgrounds and value everyone’s place in a culturally diverse society. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are regularly held.
Our diverse population is one of the Fulbridge Academy’s greatest strengths. We aim to equip pupils 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. Pupils are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Faith and Belief curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
The Fulbridge Academy strives endlessly to ensure that pupils leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and make a successful contribution to our Society.
The academy uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure positive outcomes for pupils. The examples that follow show some of the many ways that The Fulbridge Academy seeks to embed appropriate values.
Underpinning all our values are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to British and World History.
In Years 5 & 6, pupils undertake an intense topic about World War One and Two (The World at War) and the impact that soldiers from all over the world had in fighting for the British Empire. This is linked with the annual Poppy Day celebrations where children purchase poppies and a minute’s silence is held in specially created assemblies for the school. The children visit Ypres and have often attended the Remembrance Service in the city centre.
In Year 5 & 6 , pupils study Tudor Times taking advantage of the rich Tudor history that is found in Peterborough and the surrounding area.
In years 3 and 4 history is taught, starting with a local study of our area. Periods studied include The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain and Britain’s settlement by the Romans and the Celts based around Flag Fen. The Egyptians are also taught in these year groups. In Year 1 & 2, there is a focus on the work of Florence Nightingale, Samuel Pepys, Queen Victoria and other British historical figures as part of their ‘Back in Time’ topic.
Our school assemblies uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal Pause for Thought , PSHE and Faith and Belief lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days. We focus on our ‘Life Skills’ which are a list of values-led skills that reinforce the skills you need to be a successful learner and a member of the community.
The following are a selection of activities that are evidence of our commitment to the important values that are outlined in this statement:
- We have an elected school council
- The children elect house captains
- We have children as Language Assistants, Digital Experts and Academy Ambassadors
- A broad and balanced curriculum that teaches elements of democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths
- Visits to different places of worship
- Visitors from other faiths
- Positive behaviour policy which encourages tolerance and mutual respect.