Promotion of British Values
At Blenheim we recognise not only the importance of allowing students to flourish academically but we also help prepare them for their adult life beyond the formal curriculum. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to our students.
Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs inform much of the work that is undertaken at Blenheim. These values are reinforced in a pervasive manner and permeate the school community.
The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways that British values are embedded at Blenheim. They are an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
Students receive regular assemblies which are always informed by Blenheim's values including British values.
Personal, social, health and economic education is delivered as part of the Curriculum at Blenheim through the school's Life Skills and Wellbeing (LSWB) programme. LSWB covers a wide range of topics with significant reference to British Values.
Such is the school's belief in the British values that the entire school community observes an annual 2 minute collective silence as part of a Remembrance Day service. The service is held on the school site and led by the Head Boy, Head Girl and Headteacher. The Epitaph and Last Post are trumpeted by a student and the silence is always impeccably observed. The service is a reminder of the sacrifices that previous generations made so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we do today.
The principle of democracy is consistently reinforced, with the democratic process being employed for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for our Head Boy and Girl, prefects and Form Captains. The principle of democracy is explored in History, Religious Studies as well as in tutor time and assemblies. The School Council meets frequently with a member of the school's Leadership Team with suggestions and ideas of how to improve the school.
The Rule of Law
Blenheim's rules and expectations are highlighted by the student Code of Conduct.
The importance of wider laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Students are taught the value and rationale behind laws, including their governance, their role in protecting citizens and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, and the British Transport Police are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Students are actively encouraged to make good choices and to be the best version of themselves every day. Students exercise their freedoms knowing they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Students understand their personal freedoms at Blenheim and receive feedback about how to exercise these safely, for example through E-Safety work.
Blenheim has a robust anti-bullying culture and a comprehensive Behaviour Management Policy, which is circulated regularly to students and parents through the Headteacher's Weekly Bulletin.
The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. In line with our commitment to democracy, students at Blenheim High School are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where students are safe to disagree with each other. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students benefit from the links with our link school in Kenya and welcoming their students to our school. Students from both schools benefit in learning about each other’s school and cultures. Students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school. Our Religious Studies curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
Blenheim High School aims to ensure that all students leave with a strong foundation of values in order to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our Society.
Should you feel that the school is not meeting this requirement, you should contact the school office and request to express your concerns with the Headteacher. Likewise, if you feel that anyone working at the school is undermining these values you should report this to the Headteacher.