What are British Values
Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College follows the Government’s PREVENT theme of the anti-terrorist strategy CONTEST and actively promotes British Values in line with this. The British Values detailed in this are “Democracy”, “Individual Liberty”, “The Rule of Law”, “Mutual Respect” and “Tolerance of those with Different Beliefs and Faiths”.
All staff and students follow these values in everyday school life and ensure that they are embedded in the curriculum, so that staff are fulfilling the Personal and Professional Conduct sections of the Teaching Standards. Examples of how members of the Blessed Trinity community enforce these values can be found below.
• Students are elected through a fair electoral process for roles such as Head Boy and Girl, and all students have the right to apply for this post of responsibility.
• Pupils are encouraged to consider alternative routes through lessons, school and life, with a variety of careers information and post-16 options discussed to year groups and no favouring of particular options.
• Student Council are involved in making decisions in school life and representatives from each form feed this back after meetings to ensure that everyone is involved in the decision-making process.
• Students are given increasing liberty as they progress through the school years, including more options choices and the refinement of particular subjects in Key Stage 3.
• All extra-curricular groups are open to every student in the school, including the option to take extra GCSEs in personal time.
• Some Key Stage 4 classes have provision to be taught off site to obtain maximum impact.
• Pupils are encouraged to give their opinion in an appropriate manner in lessons and form time.
• Wide range of choice in school canteen within healthy school boundaries.
Rule of Law
• Shared code of conduct in school for staff and pupils, reflected in our school’s mission statement – “Love God, Serve others, Work hard, Value all”.
• School uniform and behaviour policy is known by all and proudly displayed in classrooms, on the school website and in student planners and staff handbooks.
• Staff and students are accountable for their actions in relation to their relevant policies and contracts.
• The school’s mission statement ensures that all students and staff know that they should “Value all”.
• There are clear expectations of behaviour and how all should treat those around them.
• Staff have regular well-being meetings to ensure that workload is not too much and that there is a positive working environment to maintain respect for teachers and the work that they do, not only from students but from senior staff as well.
• Classroom code of conduct expects for all to be treated with respect and is enforced accordingly.
Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
• Observance of religious services and Masses.
• Acceptance of faith symbolism.
• All students take GCSE Religious Studies and follow a programme of Religious Education in Key Stage 3.
• Assemblies all have an element of faith in them, starting with a prayer and a hymn.
• Students and staff from non-Catholic faiths are granted religious holidays.
• The school has an open chapel where students are welcome to worship in peace when they wish.