At Robert Bloomfield Academy, we take every opportunity to promote British Values and incorporate them into our daily routine.
The role of Democracy is embedded throughout the Academy. Students are given many opportunities to voice their own opinions and make changes across the Academy. Our students are taught to respect the right of every individual through our PSHE lessons, studentss are encouraged to have their own opinions whilst respecting other's views allowing thoughts to be heard. The House system and its vertical groups allow students to meet, air and share their views and concerns to improve the student experience at RBA. The Student Leadership Teams and House Captains/committees apply to serve and are elected by students, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action annually.
The Academy promotes the importance of democracy through:
- School council and House system give students a voice on key areas of school life
- Mock Elections
- Students as learning mentors
- Student panels in job interviews
- Student representation to Governors
- Equality Committees
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, will be consistently reinforced. Students will be taught the value and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. School assemblies and visits from authorities such as the Police help reinforce this message.
At RBA, we promote the importance of the rule of law through:
- Trustee Status
- The Behaviour Code of Conduct
- Liaison with outside agencies including Social Services and the Police when necessary
- E-safety sessions in the curriculum
- Safeguarding policy
- A strong culture of self-accountability through our VOICE Notes
Within school, Students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Students can access the use of students support at any time and with the support of Pastoral support workers, the inclusion officer, school councillors and if needs be outside agencies. Students feel that they are supported and listened to. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. They are regularly advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety days, tutor times, and year and whole school assemblies. Whether it be through our curriculum options that we offer or what our students choose to participate in from our numerous enrichment activities and house competitions, students are given the freedom to make choices that they will benefit from throughout their lives.
Mutual respect is fundamental at Robert Bloomfield Academy. Our students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others around them. This is evident when walking around the Academy and in the classrooms. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is clearly seen through the positive relationships between students and staff.
In school, we promote the importance of mutual respect through such things as:
- Behaviour policy and Code of Conduct
- VOICE notes system
- School Equality Duty and Equal Opportunities policies
- Clear guidance on good behaviour in public areas such as the Canteen and on social media
- The RE/PSHE curriculum helps students to learn about a wide range of people, cultures and beliefs and so develops their ability to make informed decisions, and to be confident in their own identity and understand and respect that of others
- Assemblies across the Academy
- External Partnerships
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Our Academy welcomes all children and families and promotes diversity. We strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Assemblies and themes of the month are regularly planned to address and celebrate different beliefs and cultures. Our PSHE/RE lessons, form times and day to day teaching reinforce this. We also have visits to and from different faith groups. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.