At Petteril Bank School we promote a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares our pupils to become citizens of the future. We aspire to develop our pupils to live in a mult- cultural, multi faith and every changing society in Great Britain today. Since 2014 there has been a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively and ensure that British Values are taught across the school.
The five key British values are - democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. At Petteril Bank these values are taught across the curriculum and through some explicit teaching.
Pupils have different opportunities to have their voices heard. Our school council meets on a regular basis to share thoughts and ideas. School council members are voted for by their class. Through the school council pupils are able to nominate other pupils for an award.
House captains are voted for at the start of the year, with pupils encouraged to write a short speech to encourage other pupils to vote for them.
An annual questionnaire for pupils enables ideas and views about the school to be shared.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be class rules, school rules or rules that govern the country, are reinforced through school assemblies and throughout our school ethos. We expect pupils to respect all rules and understand that rules protect us, our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, and the consequences when laws are broken. We encourage visits from the police to support our pupils in this area.
At Petteril Bank School we educate and provide safe boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Through for example e-safety and PSHE lessons we encourage our pupils to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. Our pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
At Petteril Bank our pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect. We encourage all pupils to take pride in themselves, their work, their school and local community. Our work with Rota Kids has provided pupils with the opportunities to respect and consider the need of others within the local community.
Petteril Bank School is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse; therefore we place emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Pupils visit different areas of the country and R.E teaching develops knowledge of other faiths. Through visitors to school, such as Zulu nation theatre and Hindu workshops we provide opportunities for our pupils to develop an understanding of the diverse cultural society in which we live.
We hope our pupils will leave our school with the skills which will enable them to contribute positively to life in modern Britain.