At Thamesview we ensure that all students succeed regardless of their background through providing an outstanding quality of education and pastoral care, underpinned by our core values: respect, resilience, ambition.
Our Core Values
|The ability to recover quickly from difficulties and persevere when challenged.|
|A regard for places and things as well as the feelings, beliefs and rights of others.|
|A strong desire to succeed.|
The Department for Education state that there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Thamesview School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Students have many opportunities for their voices to be heard, including bi-termly surveys and a freely available Head and Deputy Student ready to listen. Our Student Leadership Committees (Events, Wellbeing, Equality & Diversity and Eco) meet regularly to action feedback and staff facilitators have a direct line to our Assistant Head responsible for Personal Development. Students also participate in further questionnaires when appropriate.
Our Head Student election process allows all students to take part in a polling day experience following a campaign week. This gives them an insight into life once of voting age.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. The Rule of Law is also addressed in our curriculum including PSHE and Business lessons. Our sequenced Assembly programme and visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for young people to make sound choices through our Character and Wellbeing Form Time provision. Students are also encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms through History, Ethics and PSHE lessons.
Our Behaviour Policy, Code of Conduct and other policies revolve around our Core Values including Respect. During weekly Form Time Character and Wellbeing sessions as well as Reading for Character projects, students take part in discussions and activities designed to foster Mutual Respect for all. Our assemblies and clubs provision as well Performing Arts and PSHE lessons explicitly deal with interpersonal skills. School wide, the expectation of Respect for all is driven by both the staff and student body.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our policies ensure tolerance of a variety of different faiths and beliefs. This is achieved through enhancing students’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. This is delivered through our main curriculum in PSHE and Ethics lessons as well as Assemblies, the Character and Wellbeing: Them and Us sessions and Reading for Character in our Form Time provision.