Aim: to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’.
This should happen in the context of a wider Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) provision through which schools should;
At Trinity we see our community as a microcosm of British Society; of mixed ability, socio-economic status, gender, race and those of different faiths and of no faith. We actively promote British Values through our acts of whole school collective worship, structured tutor time, our tutor structure and in our curriculum. We also ensure that our broad and balanced curricular and co-curricular design allows students to explore these values in many different contexts. For example:
Democracy is explored in the curriculum through PSHE schemes of work and the wider context of democracy is studied in History. The school has an active ‘Student Parliament’ with students nominating their representatives. Students are also encouraged to take part in the Bristol ‘Big Vote’ to appoint student councilors. We engage in national politics by hosting Hustings for students and by having local MP's visit and speak to the school.
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country is consistently reinforced throughout the community. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibility this involves, the consequence when laws are broken and how to distinguish between right and wrong. In the same way, the school’s Rewards and Consequences policy is applied fairly and without prejudice. Excellent relationships are established with the Police and other external agencies through visits and drop down focus days.
Within our community, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment; one of our key drivers is ‘autonomy’ with curricular being designed to engineer clear progression in autonomy. Our pupils are taught to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely both in the context of school and the law of the land. We check our progress as a community through a student ‘diversity group’ which reports back to the school body, the SLT and Governors. To help safeguard against radicalisation, the school participates in a Radicalism Conference.
Our community has three Core Values:
These are displayed around the school and taught in collective gatherings. They define who we are across the entire School. Our rewards system (tutor points) are also awarded under these headings. The result is a respect and warmth between all in the community whether adult or student.
Our core values takes us beyond ‘tolerance’ (see above). We seek to understand each other, embrace and celebrate our differences in a culturally rich and diverse school. The school is part of a Trust that is based on a Christian ethos but we encourage students of all faiths and none through exploring religions and philosophies in REP, through prayer rooms for different faiths and PSHE and Science curriculum.