At King James´s School, the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students is of the utmost importance. This is shown through our strong school ethos, effective relationships and wide range of extracurricular activities.
We also ensure our curriculum promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive British values, including respect for others of all faiths and cultures.
The government has requested that all schools ´promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs´. At our school, we have a rich and diverse curriculum that naturally covers these values in many different ways. A large part of this is our personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education (PSHCEE) course, which is taught across both key stage 3 and key stage 4 and ensures our students are well prepared for life in modern Britain and the wider world. Other ways in which we support this crucial part of our students’ development are as follows:
We have a student council in every year group which feeds into a whole-school council.
Rules of Law
School rules underpin our calm and purposeful atmosphere and are regularly reinforced through assemblies. Student councils contribute to the formation, revision and upholding of the rules by which we all abide. We also regularly invite speakers from the police in to talk about wider issues related to law and this links in with a specific unit in our PSHCEE curriculum.
Where possible, we ensure our students have freedom of choice either through the subjects they study in key stage 4 and key stage 5 or through the plethora of extra-curricular opportunities we provide them with. Our courses on E-Safety and our highly effective pastoral system also ensure that students understand risks associated with their rights.
This is the core of school life here at King James’s and is epitomised in our motto of ‘Traditional Values, 21st Century Education’. Our staff lead by example and there are strong relationships throughout the school that form the bedrock of our positive and welcoming ethos.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our well-respected religious studies course in key stage 3 builds a solid foundation for students’ positive and tolerant attitudes. Many continue this subject in key stage 4 but also continue to explore other cultures and attitudes through assemblies and PSHCEE as they prepare for the next stage of their lives.