At Nova Hreod Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Students have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class and year council meetings, as well as playing a key role within staffing appointments.
Students have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school, as a whole, but also complete subject specific questionnaires throughout the academic year.
The Rule of Law
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 agencies such as the Police help reinforce this message.
Within school, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely; for example through our E-Safety and SMSC sessions. These are exemplified by hosting outside groups such as the Chelsea’s Choice production and the ZT campaign against homophobic language.
Whether it is through choice of learning challenge or through participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, students are given the freedom to make informed choices.
Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. This is reinforced through our Binary Behaviour system which does not allow for students to disrupt the learning of others and assemblies each week which highlight Nova and British values.
In assemblies we promote the following Nova and British values:
- To travel to/from school in a calm and dignified manner
- To be highly punctual
- To be dressed for a day of learning
- To be fully attentive during lessons and work exceptionally hard
- To complete all homework on time and to a high standard
- To treat each other and the adults in the school with courtesy and respect
- To respect the building we are in, your own property, the property of others and the property of the school
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Nova Hreod Academy is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse; therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the students. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE lessons and SMSC programme reinforce this.
At Nova Hreod Academy we actively challenge students, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including 'extremist' views.