Murray Park Vision and Values
“Supporting students in gaining a positive outlook, shaping their futures and reaching their full potential.”
Promoting Fundamental British Values
Murray Park School approaches the promotion of fundamental British values in line with the Government’s PREVENT theme of the anti-terrorist strategy CONTEST. These British Values are: democracy; individual liberty; the rule of law; mutual respect; tolerance of those with different faiths and belief. Each is defined below and placed in a school context through the use of examples. It is, without question, everyone’s duty to ensure they do not undermine these fundamental British values.
Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges. It can also refer to our nation’s electoral systems. In school we promote the importance of democracy through such things as:
- The free and fair electoral process for student positions of responsibility across the school. These include representational roles (Junior Leadership Team and Year Councils) – out right leadership roles (house captains, prefects) and mentoring roles (instrumental tuition, sports leadership, peer mentoring, buddy reading and Year 7 mentors)
- Students being encouraged to consider alternative pathways in lessons.
- Student Voice on key school decisions through processes including online whole school surveying.
- Students also elect peers to represent them.
Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control. In school we promote the importance of individual liberty through such things as:
- The increasing liberty afforded to students as they move up through the years.
- The profusion of extra-curricular activities and clubs.
- Students encouraged to voice views in lessons in a formative manner.
- Students offered autonomy over choices regarding academic pathways.
- Elements of choice in the school canteen within healthy boundaries.
Rule of Law
All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced. In school we promote the importance of the rule of law through such things as:
- There is a shared classroom code of conduct, respect.
- Marking and feedback, as well as homework, policies set clear boundaries which are explained clearly to students.
- Accountability is stressed to all stakeholders including staff, students and Governors.
The proper regard for an individual’s dignity, which is reciprocated. In school we promote the importance of mutual respect through such things as:
- The Classroom code of Conduct and respect.
- School ethos statement.
- Clear guidance on good behaviour in areas such as the corridor and outside areas including the Canteen.
- A programme of charitable events and fund raising is organised and led by the student body.
- Mutual respect is promoted through the Wellbeing activities and skills developed in PSHE lessons, Thought for the Week and assemblies.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
A fair, objective, and permissive attitude to those whose faith and beliefs may differ from one’s own. In school we promote the importance of tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs through such things as:
- Acceptance of faith symbolism.
- Religious festivals, founders and beliefs are marked in Thought For The Week; This explicitly promotes the understanding of different cultures and beliefs.
- Religious Studies taught to all students across KS3 and 4.
- Opportunities in the school curriculum teaches students to critically evaluate world and British historical events, ideas and political ideals and to understand and respect a range of religious and non-religious viewpoints and faiths.