School Vision & Promotion of British Values
Below you can find detailed information about the School Vision and Ethos and the Promotion of British Values at Blenheim High School.
School Vision and Ethos
At Blenheim, we prioritise relationships. We are a community comprised of many stakeholders and it is the strength of relationships that underpins the work we do. As teachers, we get to teach for the remainder of our careers but students get one chance to ensure they achieve the qualifications they need to open doors and to learn the values and characteristics to cooperate, and compete, in an ever-changing and smaller world. Strong, trusting relationships with our students helps inform the quality of teaching and learning they receive.
Our annual school production is a great example with almost 200 current and ex-students of all ages and backgrounds contributing to a wonderful spectacle at the Leatherhead Theatre each year. The experience will live long in the memory of all young people involved, build an ongoing legacy in the performing arts and give students first-hand experience of contributing to something much bigger than themselves.
Clear, frequent and straightforward communication with parents is vital so that students, parents and teachers understand where students are in their learning. Parents’ and Information Evenings throughout the year ensure that dialogue is alive and well. All students are expected to attend all parents’ evenings.
Curriculum and pastoral practices have been reviewed and improved. In the curriculum, students are in receipt of bespoke branded exercise books, communicating clear messages and prioritising well researched practices that will ensure Blenheim students are in the best possible place as they progress through school. At the same time the student experience is complemented by iPads which help ensure an individualised learning experience. A team of teaching Heads of Year, Pastoral Facilitators and an Attendance Officer co-operate to ensure that students’ academic progress, well-being, safety, health and attendance are prioritised. A comprehensive rewards system recognises commitment, effort and achievement both inside and outside the classroom.
It is never too soon to begin thinking about the future and as an Investor in Careers award holder, we offer a structured careers education programme, individual careers interviews, mentoring, employer led events, a school online careers information portal and a range of activities and trips throughout the academic year. One of our sayings when it comes to careers is that, whatever the future holds, ‘you will never regret getting some great GCSE results…’. Our Sixth Form has been frequently rated as good by Ofsted.
A balance of traditional, well researched teaching practices coupled with innovative ICT based opportunities ensures that the learning experience is both secure and personalised. The options process allows students to appropriately specialise from a personalised and innovative curriculum as they move through Blenheim.
A three year Key Stage 4, an extended day, a comprehensive extra curricular programme and clear, transparent leadership at all levels helps ensure that the most important people in our school, the students, get a 'great deal'.
Promotion of British Values
At Blenheim High School we recognise not only the importance of allowing students to flourish academically but we also embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to our students.
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and considered them to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. At Blenheim High School, these values are reinforced in a pervasive manner and permeate the school community. The academy uses strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students.
The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at Blenheim High School and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
At Blenheim High School 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 Rule of Law
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the student Code of Conduct.
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Students are 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. 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.
At Blenheim High School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safety, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety and form time activities.
Blenheim has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour Management Policy.
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.