South Bromsgrove High is a school which serves its community. Staff and students recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand our role in ensuring groups or individuals are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
Our school accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including students of all faiths or none. We promote equal opportunities, and do not discriminate against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political views or financial status.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools, setting out its definition of British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy’:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are part of our culture and underpin our curriculum and extra-curricular activities and some examples are :
Curriculum themes and topics
Our curriculum prepares children for life in British Society; this includes developing the understanding and use of money, effective reading and writing skills, collaboration and discussion to research ideas and concepts. The great majority of students study history and geography to GCSE level, which examines aspect of the cultures within the United Kingdom in comparison to many international contexts. At A-level, Government and Politics is an important dimension of our KS5 offer.
Our assemblies uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. Most are led by teachers or students, though we do have visiting speakers to highlight particular themes. Many assemblies are interactive, with students having the opportunity to discuss, and share opinions on, points being made.
British values are threaded through PSHE topics. Once again, students are encouraged to express their opinions and join in debate.
RE is studied by all students in Yr 9 and Yr 10 and understanding and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is an essential theme within the course, which is also supported by the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) - Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. RE, with a particular focus on Morals and Ethics is a popular and successful GCSE course. One of our teachers of RE is a Specialist leader of Education, linked to our Teaching School.
Involvement in key local and national events:
Our school is very active in supporting the period of Remembrance in November, a time when we remember, particularly a former student, Robbie Laws who was killed - aged 18 – while serving in Afghanistan.
A member of our teaching staff and one of our students carried the Olympic torch in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. Student groups were fortunate to visit the Games to see events and a leadership programme called Legacy (in which around 100 Yr 9 students particulate) was borne out of the Games.
Each year, our successful Duke of Edinburgh Award students at Gold level, visit The Palace with their parents to be presented with their certificates and medals.
The school supports the annual Holocaust memorial service in Bromsgrove with a senior leader and two students, who read at the ceremony.