Swindon Academy is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the academy are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
The academy accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including pupils of all faiths or none. It follows the policies outlined by United Learning regarding equal opportunities, which guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. We seek to serve all.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught. The government set out its definition of British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ – values of:
The academy uses strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for pupils. Here are some examples of when British values are shared:
Curriculum themes and topics
Our curriculum prepares children for life in British society; this includes developing the understanding and use of money, effective reading and writing skills, collaboration and discussion to research ideas and concepts. Curriculum themes include historical and geographical study in the context of the United Kingdom as well as national and international comparisons.
Acts of collective worship/whole school assembly
In both phases, our assemblies uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance and these are reflected in the Behaviour Policies of the academy. Local religious leaders and visitors are invited to take assemblies, all of whom reinforce these traditional values.
Mutual respect is also taught within formal SEAL, PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the academy days. In the secondary phase, tutorial time is often used to reflect on and discuss important themes and issues in the news. All pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety Policy and PSHE work on keeping myself safe.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs is promoted in RE as children gain a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices for those religions represented in the UK.
The local churches are visited as part of the primary RE curriculum. During key stage 3, all secondary pupils visit a local Sikh temple and a synagogue.
Promotion of the concept of “fair play”, following and developing rules, celebrating and rewarding success, accepting defeat and participating in activities that promote cooperation with others and inclusion for all form an integral part of the PE curriculum.
The academy promotes democratic processes through the election of school councillors. This fosters the concept of freedom of speech and group action to address need and concerns. In the primary phase, play leaders apply for their posts and are selected in a recruitment process. The same applies to key leadership positions in the secondary phase (for example tutor captains and prefects).
Involvement in key local and National events:
In recent years, the primary phase has celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton with special events, assemblies and themed lessons. The visit of the Olympic torch was embraced. Each year Armistice Day is remembered and children are encouraged to reflect on this.
In the secondary phase, there are a number of National Days each year when the culture and traditions of different parts of the world are celebrated. This is an opportunity for pupils from ethnic minority groups to proudly share their culture with their friends.