Democracy is the idea that the people of a country/ area decide who is in charge of making decisions (the government)
At BCA students are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with to each other, respecting the right of every student to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to give their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires. The elections of the Head Boy and Head Girl and House Captains are based solely on student votes. This is just like how democracy works in the country where each person votes on who runs the country.
The Rule of Law
The idea that laws are important to keep everyone safe.
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are important. Our school has a staff and student charter (agreement) which is embedded in our work every day. Rules are important so that you can learn in a safe and ordered environment. Our students are taught the value and reasons behind these rules, that they protect us and the consequences when they are broken. We also reward students for positive behaviour through E-praise and rewards trips and assembly’s.
Liberty means freedom. Individual liberty is the idea that we have our own freedom to make choices in life.
At BCA students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, Our students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and P.S.H.E. programme. Whether it is through choice of challenge in lessons or choice of numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Respect is one of the main values of our school.
The students know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, whatever our differences. At BCA we have students from lots of different countries and cultures around the world. Students are taught to treat all students, regardless of background, with respect. This is one of the main things on our staff and student charter. The school is committed to educating students against all forms of hate including violent extremism.
Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Tolerance is that idea that we respect other people’s beliefs
BCA develops students understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education and PSHE. During Beliefs, traditions and customs will be studied in depth, with visitors being invited in to our school to extend understanding. Through this our pupils gain an understanding of their place in a culturally diverse (mixed) society.