Here at the Crossley Heath School, we actively encourage understanding and awareness of the fundamental British values – democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Through our curriculum and wider experiences. Here are some of the opportunities we have to think about such issues and discuss with adults and peers.
In response to what has been happening in the local and national political arena, we have held mock elections in school involving students from different age groups putting themselves forward as candidates from the main political parties. They developed their speeches, produced campaign posters and went to the hustings as debate and discussion raged across the school. Voting days have been exciting and we are pleased to report our turnout was higher than the national.
Every year we hold elections to the positions on Student Council. This is our democratic group tasked with raising and debating issues which matter to the student body. Topics have included cyber bullying, mental health and appointment of the headteacher.
We have strong student voice in school. Some of our 6th formers go to governing body meetings and some students are STARS which means they can help teachers with their departments and talk to them about learning.
The Rule of Law
In school we all follow our behaviour policy and code of conduct. We know it is important to have a school where people feel safe and looked after and we all play our part in this. We have esafety policies which we follow and school has an internet filtering system which means that we are safe online.
We have used the Safer Schools Partnership to give training to all staff on the Prevent agenda. We also have safeguarding policies in place to help protect everyone in our community. Students knoiw which teachers to go to if they are concerned about anyone’s safety.
The Amnesty International Youth group in school is very active and consists of students from Year 7 through to 6th form. Several hundreds of pounds have been raised from our Amnesty parties which we sent off to Amnesty. Two 6th formers attended the Amnesty Conference in Edinburgh. Other events have included ‘Give up 1 of your human rights for the day and a very rewarding and humbling trip to Auschwitz to experience at first hand what led to the holocaust and what it was like for people in concentration camps.
The ethos of our school is one where every person feels valued and accepted for who they are. We are proud of our Spectrum group and the fact that we allow people to be different and pursue their own interests. We have a whole range of extra-curricular activities, some of which cater for minority interests such as the Dr Who club. Students do a lot of debating in the 6th form which allows them to become skilled in putting forward their views and listening to others.
We contribute to our community in many ways. We are very involved in charity work and last year raised thousands of pounds for the charities we support such as Lepra, British Heart Foundation and Marie Curie Trust. Some of our fundraising helps to support local groups such as Ravenscliffe Special School and St Augustine’s Centre for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
We do lots of voluntary work in our local community either via the Duke of Edinburgh scheme or individually. More recently we have been involved with The Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery, Halifax Almshouses and Manor Heath Park.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
In RS lessons students learn about different world religions to give them a much better understanding of what people believe. We visit places of worship such as a Christian church, a Buddhist temple and a mosque. They also understand that some people choose to not follow a religion. Through our assembly themes, we highlight important days which different religions celebrate and respect. One of the Crossley Heath traditions is an annual carol service held at St Paul’s, King Cross where we sing carols and hear readings from the bible. In school, we have a dedicated quiet space where people can go to pray or reflect.