Upholding British values

Witton Park Academy seeks to uphold British values by fostering a culture of tolerance and respect through open discussion and a well crafted curriculum.

Students bring with them diverse values from different ethnic and religious heritages. Our role is to help students develop a common set of values based on the themes of respect, tolerance and upholding the laws of this country.

We have done this by:

● Developing a discrete British Values curriculum for year 9 (see below) exploring themes such as ‘What makes someone an Extremist?’ and   ‘What is a British education?’

● Delivery of a strong RE curriculum which focuses on ethical themes such as the relationship between religious and secular laws, the use of protest in a non–violent way and respect for different cultures.

● The development of respect for democracy through participation. The student council elections allows for voting and representative democracy.

● Providing extra curricular activities such as students delivering PANDAA training in other schools, the Academy’s involvement with Remembering Srebrenica including a residential visit and organising an annual memorial to the victims of Genocide at Blackburn Cathedral. Annual events including speakers to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

● Providing a PSHEE programme including citizenship and safe use of the internet

● E-Safety training in BICT lessons.

● Providing prayer facilities for students.

● Developing links with faith based organisations such as the Blackburn Interfaith forum and local mosques and churches. Witton Park academy hosted a RE conference for BwD schools, which included 15 speakers from different traditions, cultures and religions.

Witton Park Academy provides a high standard of care in relation to safeguarding students. We have dedicated staff trained by the police in the PREVENT, WRAP and CHANNEL agendas, all staff have received training about referring students they have concerns about, we have a mentoring and monitoring programme in place for any students whose behaviour is causing concern which will encompass this agenda within its approach.

The key principle in school is to give our pupils a sense of belonging and to feel part of the school and local community. Our school is diverse and inclusive, our specialist staff are passionate, knowledgeable, trusted and respected by both the community and authorities we work closely with

Click to view our British Values Curriculum for Year9.