Ethos Statement

Our Academy Ethos is promoted through our school values of Love, Courage, Community and Celebration!

Our pupils have defined our school values as:
Love: "Caring and protecting each other"
Courage: "Be brave, you can do it!"
Community: "We are a team"
Celebration: "We did it, we're really proud"

The Academy aims to serve its community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers all pupils’

Collective Worship is held daily across a range of Christian and multi-cultural themes to ensure that all pupils benefit from equality of spiritual, moral and cultural guidance.

How we promote Fundamental British values

Schools are required to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils, including the active promotion of fundamental British values.

The government defines these as:
  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

As a Church of England school, this is a priority at John Henry Newman Academy, reinforcing our core Christian values: Love, Courage, Community and Celebration.

What does this mean for my child?

Our work in promoting fundamental British values is designed, alongside our Christian ethos, to prepare children for life in modern Britain. Ultimately, we aim to help pupils understand:

  • The importance of combating discrimination
  • How we can influence decision-making by taking part in democratic processes like voting and petitioning through School Council opportunites; participating in whole-school decision making.
  • The freedom under British law to choose different faiths and beliefs
  • That the law is there to keep us safe.

How is this happening at our school?

Christian virtues and British values are reflected throughout our school in our ethos, policies and assemblies. Pupils are reminded of Jesus' words to:

"Love God" and "Love one another".

Many opportunities also occur within the curriculum, for example where pupils learn about different cultures and religions; and the importance of rules in PE. Extra-curricular activities enable pupils to vote in elections, complete questionnaires, have their opinions heard and as a result, learn about democracy.
Our Values versus Violence Curriculum develops pupils' understanding of their rights as an individual. We link this to their rights as a citizen of Britain.

Our duty to actively promote fundamental British values means that we always present political views to children in a balanced way. We are also responsible for challenging prejudiced or extreme opinions and behaviour.

As part of this responsibility, we have put measures in place to protect children from exposure to extremist views. All Staff have had Prevent Training to ensure that we can identify signs of extremism if present.

Promoting British values will reinforce, not change, our current Church of England ethos.