British Values & SMSC
"The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding."
BRITISH VALUES AT ST IGNATIUS COLLEGE
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 Head Boy, Prefects and for our leadership roles for students. The principle of democracy is explored in History, Citizenship and Religious Education as well as in tutor time and assemblies.
THE RULE OF LAW
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the college, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through assemblies. 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. We work in partnership with our on site Police Officer. He acts as a role model and informs students on criminal laws. 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 and we have an annual Justice and Peace week with activities for all across the entire school. 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 reasons 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 new student peer mentoring programme which promotes mutual respect and support between students across different year groups within the college.
TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
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.
SMSC AT ST IGNATIUS COLLEGE
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. The college has produced a detailed mapping document which highlights its integrated approach to SMSC. This comprehensive working document highlights examples of SMSC in all subject areas is regularly updated and modified. The school website makes these public to students, parents and other stakeholders. An SMSC logo is used in the College’s quarterly newsletters with each activity and news item is coded according to the strand(s) of SMSC that are relevant. For example a World Book Week (social, cultural) or the Tanzanian exchange (spiritual, moral, cultural).
In the college’s last OFSTED report SMSC was highlighted as an area of strength and through further staff training as well as an even greater focus we believe our SMSC provision is Outstanding. The SMSC ethos of the college is summed up by the college aim of creating pupils who are ‘Men and Women for Others’.