At Carshalton High School for Girls we recognise not only the importance of allowing students to flourish academically but we also embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring we promote British Values alongside our core school values: community, harmony, success and growth.
Our government has set out five fundamental British Values that we share as a society and we actively promote these values through our curriculum, particularly our Citizenship curriculum, and the holistic development of our learners through active engagement with the community, student voice, current affairs and student and teacher run activities. The following examples are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British Values at CHSG, which, by far, is not an exhaustive list.
At CHSG students are given many opportunities to take on responsibilities, develop leadership skills and become actively involved in the democratic process. In order to develop potential in all members within our school we hold elections for Head Girl, Senior Prefects and Year 11 Prefects, Form Captain, House Captain and the Student Council.
Students are also given the chance to take part in the annual Sutton Youth Parliament elections and recently voted in the UK Youth Parliament 'Make Your Mark' vote. We run mock General Elections and last year the school community engaged in a mock EU Referendum. Students are also able to take part in the Magistrates Mock Trial, the Citizenship debating club and a number of other local debating competitions such as the Jack Patchey Speak Out Challenge. Democracy is actively promoted in our teaching of Citizenship, History, Government and Politics and Sociology.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country as a whole are consistently reinforced throughout the school day through our behaviour for learning policy, assemblies and the curriculum, particularly in Citizenship and PSHE where students are taught about our laws, where they came from and our criminal justice system. We foster strong community links with local authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and local magistrates. A respect for rules and laws creates harmony within our school and ensures all students are fully informed, feel safe and are protected both in school and in their wider life.
Part of our school ethos is growth. We strive to prepare students to enter the world as independent, confident citizens that have a life-long passion for learning and making informed choices throughout their lives. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice and support about how to exercise these safely, for example, through our teaching of E-safety in ICT lessons, Sociology lessons and during tutor time as well as through assemblies. CHSG sets high expectations and promotes strong aspirations from all students encouraging them to strive for nothing short of optimum success.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths, Beliefs and those Without Faith
Harmony is at the core of our school ethos and CHSG students foster excellent relationships based on respect and trust. Through our curriculum and pastoral support systems everyone in our school community is able to learn and thrive together in an environment of high standards, courtesy and consideration. The Peer Mentoring programmes, Year 10 and Year 7 paired reading partnerships and House System facilitates the promotion of mutual respect and support between students across different year groups where they work together to achieve goals.
Mutual respect and tolerance of diversity is embraced throughout our curriculum through, for example, lively debate from different perspectives in Sociology where students are safe to disagree with each other in a safe and supportive environment, a broad and balanced study of different religions in Religious Studies, investigations of our cultural diversity in Citizenship and learning about the development of a multi faith, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society in History and Geography lessons. We run a number of trips abroad throughout the academic year from which students gain valuable experience of other cultures and languages. CHSG runs an annual Diversity Day where students are actively encouraged to share their faith, beliefs and culture within the school.
We pride ourselves in successfully unlocking the potential of all members of our school and enriching them with opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development that incorporate our country’s fundamental British Values.