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British Values & SMSC


At St Ignatius College we recognise that each student is a member of God’s family and as such, is a unique person at his/her own point in the journey of faith. We provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment with a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which to live and learn. In order to achieve our mission (the development of the whole person) 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 beyond the formal examined curriculum. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British Values to our students and that they proceed to adulthood with dignity and confidence. The government sets out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and considers them to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.  At St Ignatius College these values are reinforced and permeate the community at every level.


At St Ignatius College the principle of democracy is consistently reinforced, with the democratic process being employed for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for the College Council, for our College Captain and wider Captaincy Team, and for our leadership roles for students. The principle of democracy is explored in History, Religious Education, and the Magis Curriculum as well as in form time and assemblies.


The importance of laws (whether they be those that govern the class, the college, or the country) are consistently reinforced in learning throughout the college, through assemblies, and when dealing with behaviour. Students are taught the values and reasons behind laws (that they govern and protect us), the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences arising when laws are broken. Positive behaviour to and from school is reinforced through assemblies and by Senior Leadership Team members' presence at the train station, bus stop and school gate every day. Social Justice is a very important part of our identity due to our promotion of Catholic Social Teaching.  We teach students how to channel their disagreements through the SHARP system, College Council, debates and tutor time. Our Ignatian Code of Conduct establishes a clear use of rewards and sanctions when appropriate and staff give a clear reason for the distribution of rewards or sanctions.


Within St Ignatius College, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a college we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety in computing. 


Respect, personal behaviour and self-discipline are at the core of our ethos and these are modelled by students and staff alike. The college promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. In line with our commitment to democracy, students at St Ignatius College are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where students are safe to disagree with each other. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum from the concept of ‘fair play’ in PE to our student peer-mentoring programme which promotes mutual respect and support between students across different year groups within the college.


St Ignatius College is a distinctive Jesuit Catholic college for All. Our strong ethos is inclusive of all faiths and those with no specific faith and we promote a strong sense of community. This is achieved through equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students are given opportunities to be of service to the local community, the Church and society in general irrespective of race and creed. We also run a number of trips abroad throughout the academic year from which our students gain valuable experience of other cultures and languages. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school. Our Religious Education curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures, while we provide an extensive and valuable induction to all staff and students who are non-Catholic.

The community at St Ignatius College actively contributes positively towards the British Values agenda by putting our motto ‘Men and Women for others’ into action daily. 


Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural education is at the heart of St. Ignatius’ vision. Senior and in particular middle leaders play a crucial role in encouraging staff to prioritise and develop their thinking around SMSC. With the pressure of high exam performance and closing the attainment gap, leadership has sent a clear message that high quality, integrated and well-thought-through SMSC provision is part of the answer rather than an additional bolt on to be covered on top of those commitments.

SMSC is clearly embedded throughout the curriculum at St. Ignatius. Learning Coordinators and Subject Leaders shape the curriculum to address each element of SMSC wherever possible. As a catholic school spiritualism and self-reflection is highly valued and promoted.  


Latest News

26 August 2022

2022 GCSE Results

Once again we are celebrating superb GCSE results today, despite the challenges of the last 2 years.  HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our year 11 students who have achieved so well.    There have been some exceptional individual and subject performances.    82% grade 4 and above in both English and Maths   71% grade 5 and above in both English and Maths   English    89% achieved grade 4- 9    76% achieved grade 5- 9    Maths   85% achieved grade 4- 9   76% achieved grade 5- 9   Top Grades 7-9    67% achieved grades 7-9 in Chemistry   64% achieved grades 7-9 in Computer Science   60% achieved grades 7-9 in Physics   94% achieved grades 4-9 in French   89% achieved grades 4-9 in Spanish   87% achieved grades 4-9 in RE   Grade 9   In total , our students achieved 91 grade 9s.   21 students achieved grades 7-9 in all of their subjects.   17 students achieved a grade 9 in RE;    14 students achieved a grade 9 in Maths    14 students achieved a grade 9 in English.     Students have shown enormous resilience over the last few years and we are so proud of each individual’s personal achievements.  We are so fortunate to have staff who go above and beyond to support our students in every way and today we celebrate the hard work and commitment of staff and students.   This success is testament to the high quality teaching and care that students receive and to our partnership with parents.  The Headteacher Mary O’Keeffe, said “I am delighted that so many individual pupils have achieved outstanding personal performance.  We are so proud of them  - they are truly amazing. I thank all the staff who have worked tirelessly to make this possible and our parents and families for their continued support of their sons. We are looking forward to them flourishing in our Sixth Form”
18 August 2022

College Celebrates Excellent A-Level Results 2022

College Celebrates Excellent A level Results 2022  Huge congratulations to our year 13 students on achieving excellent results again this summer, the first year of public examinations since 2019.   We are delighted that over 75% of our students achieved their first choice university place in what has been a highly competitive year.   Students have shown enormous resilience in the face of the significant challenges that the pandemic has posed and have made superb progress.  This is testament to their hard work, the high quality of teaching and support from our staff, and the support of parents and carers.      There were some exceptional results in specific subject areas especially at the A*/B boundary as follows:   A*/B grades  Biology 78%  Chemistry 82%  Computer Science 60%  Further Maths 100%  History 76%  Maths 60%  Philosophy and Ethics 63%  Physics 77%  We wish our Year 13 students every happiness and fulfilment as they embark on the next stage of their life journey.  They will remain part of our community and will be in our thoughts and prayers as they go into to world to make their mark.   “We are incredibly proud of the academic achievements and the wonderful results of our year 13 students but, as importantly, if not more so, we are proud of who they are.   They have developed in to fine young adults who will continue to make a positive contribution to society.   It is wonderful that our students have the academic qualifications that they need to access the universities and courses of their choice.  I am incredibly grateful to our dedicated staff who go above and beyond day in, day out to support our students.   This is a very happy day for St Ignatius College.   Mary O’Keeffe Headteacher