Values and Ethos
Aspire – Enjoy – Succeed
Our vision is that Woodbrook Vale School will provide each student with an outstanding education in a caring, calm, safe and supportive environment. Learning will be engaging, challenging and inspiring so that each student will achieve individual excellence and be the best that they can be.
We want all our students to be:
- Motivated and enthused by the challenge of learning
- Inspired to succeed in all aspects of learning
- Proud of their own achievements and to value, respect and celebrate the success of others
- Positive contributors to whole school life and within the local community
- Resilient, life-long learners that are well prepared for their post-16 destination and for life in the modern world
- Mature young people with high self-esteem
- Accountable citizens who are responsible, respectful and tolerant within a diverse society
To achieve this we will:
- Provide a caring, safe and stimulating environment
- Focus on inspiring, creative and effective teaching and learning across a broad and balanced curriculum
- Create personalised opportunities that motivate and recognise the potential of each individual
- Have the highest expectations of all staff and provide a supportive environment that will enable them to develop professionally
- Provide enrichment through extra-curricular activities
- Promote equal opportunity in all aspects of school life
- Develop effective communication and collaboration between students, parents, staff, governors and the local community, including primary schools and post-16 destinations
- Invest in social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of every student
- Deliver effective guidance to prepare students to make appropriate choices in our rapidly changing world
Our Core Values
Woodbrook Vale is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status or similar. Woodbrook Vale is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Woodbrook Vale uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to promote these values to students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways Woodbrook Vale seeks to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Woodbrook Vale, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for the Student Parliament and most recently mock elections for the 2015 General Election. Also students are involved in the interviewing of new staff, student voice, and participation in the Kirkland Rowell survey. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and RE curriculums as well as in Personal Development lessons and assemblies, for example the Armistice Day assembly.
The Rule of Law
The importance of rules, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Woodbrook Vale.
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by school behaviour policy and the school’s Home-School Agreement document. Students are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police on issues such as anti-social behaviour reinforce this message.
At Woodbrook Vale, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment for example through the recently introduced Peer Mentoring programme. Staff at Woodbrook Vale educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely through Personal Development lessons. For example students receive guidance on the use of the internet from an outside agency, who advise on effective e-safety.
Respect is a strong part of Woodbrook Vale. Students learn that their behaviours has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment, for example in the lively and popular debating club and the PE and RE curriculums.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Woodbrook Vale achieves this by equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society. Students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Religious Studies curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures, and the Science curriculum also recognises different attitudes and beliefs.
Woodbrook Vale is ‘Proud and Clear’ in its aim of making sure that students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and successful contribution to our society.
Safeguarding Students who are Vulnerable to Extremism and Radicalisation
Due to the current threat of terrorism and violent extremism in the United Kingdom, the threat of exploitation and radicalisation of vulnerable students into or actively supporting these concepts is recognised by Woodbrook Vale.
Woodbrook Vale seeks to protect its students against the messages of all violent extremism including but not just restricted to Islamic Ideology, Far Right ideology or White Supremacist ideology. Concerns should be referred to the designated Safeguarding Lead or Headteacher who have local contact details for Prevent or Channel referrals. They will then consider whether or not the police are to be contacted.