THE 4Cs and

BRITISH VALUES

 

Since 2006 Highgate Wood School's values have been summarised in the 4Cs: Consideration, Cooperation, Courtesy and Contribution.  We expect everyone in our community to work together cooperatively, to show consideration and courtesy to each other and the wider community and to make an active contribution to the world they live in. More recently we have also highlighted the importance of respect and honesty and of perseverance and hard work.  These are all qualities that help us thrive,  individually and collectively, be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve.

The promotion of what the Department for Education has called fundamental British values is something all schools are now required to embrace, but is already an established part of our culture and our belief at Highgate Wood School.

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy document (click here to view) and provided more guidance in November 2014 through the DfE's Promoting fundamental British values through SMSC (click here to view). British Values are defined as democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. At Highgate Wood School these values are embedded in our own core values and permeate the school community.  We are proud of our diverse and inclusive community and we support all efforts to address issues of prejudice, disrespect or hate.  (Click here to visit Educate.Against.Hate and click here to visit LGfL's resource on combating extremism.)
The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at Highgate Wood School and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.


DEMOCRACY

Student Voice is an important part of Highgate Wood School. We have an active School Council to which two students from each tutor group are elected to represent the views of the student body. Student Council representatives meet with members of the School's Leadership Team and also meet with the school's Governing Body to raise issues and voice their opinions.

The principle of democracy is explored in History and ECS as well as within the PHSE\Citizenship curriculum. Highgate Wood School is proud of its record of success with Model United Nations and hosts the North London Model UN Conference.

THE RULE OF LAW

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, school, country or international convention are reinforced through school practice and procedures as well as school events. We run assemblies to highlight the importance of agreed rules, practices and behaviours, as well as to highlight the tragedies that occur when the ordinary rule of law breaks down, at a local level with the stories behind the Haringey Riots, or the international level with the tragedy of the Holocaust.

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

Students are actively encouraged to make independent, informed choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school we 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 Computer Science.

We welcome visitors to the school who are able to provide insights and understanding about the wider world, but we also operate a strict policy to ensure that no extreme or prejudicial views are unchallenged or otherwise promoted.

MUTUAL RESPECT

Respect is at the core of our school ethos and is modelled by students and staff alike. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum from the concept of "fair play" in PE to the student peer mentoring programme which promotes mutual respect and support between students across different year groups within the school.

TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS OR BELIEFS

We are proud of the diversity of our community and believe Highgate Wood School provides an exceptional environment to equip young people to thrive and be confident within a modern, culturally diverse society.  We have developed active international links that have been established through individual departments (including Modern Foreign Languages, Philosophy and History, PE and Music), and through different year groups (including the sixth form) as well as through our whole-school work for which we have achieved the International Schools Award.

Additionally we strive to support our students to develop into confident, happy, successful young adults who have empathy towards and an understanding of those of different outlooks, beliefs and faiths, as well as an understanding and appreciation of the importance of equality in terms of race or ethnic identity, religion or belief, gender, sexuality, including gender reassignment, age and disability as well as an understanding that these equalities are protected in law.  Click here to see our Equalities Information and Objectives document)