Aims, Ethos and Equality
Brent Knoll School – our vision statement
The Brent Knoll community will:
‘Be the best that we can be.’
Our vision is that in three years Brent Knoll School will:
- Be the first choice for children and young people with social and communication difficulties
- Have a local and national reputation for excellence in all that we do with a focus on Teaching and Learning
- Be a school where our young people self-regulate to enable them to be safe, to flourish and to succeed with independence
- Ensure that our young people transition to appropriate destinations with the skills and qualities needed to be as independent as possible
To achieve our vision our aim is that each young person will:
- Value themselves and respect others
- Develop responsibility for their actions
- Make informed choices and decisions independently
- Develop the resilience to become a responsible and active citizen in their community
We will achieve our aims by:
- Working together as pupils, parents, governors and staff within our community to be an outward looking school
- Having a relentless pursuit of excellence in all that we do
- Offering a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum meeting the needs of its learners delivered by passionate and reflective practitioners in a motivating and nurturing environment
Underpinned by our values of:
Brent Knoll School is committed to serving its community It recognizes the multicultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, and therefore those it serves. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
The school as a Cooperative Trust accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under the SEND Code of Practice, including pupils of all faiths or none. It follows the policies outlined by its governing body 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. It seeks to serve all.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ – values of:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Should you feel that the school is not meeting this requirement, you should contact the school office and request to express your concerns with the Headteacher. Likewise, if you feel that anyone working at the school is, intentionally or otherwise undermining these values, you should report this to the Headteacher. The school does, though a wide range of activities, secure such standards and uses strategies within the International Primary and Middle Years Curricula and the National Curriculum to secure such outcomes for chilldren.
Democracy is a key cooperative value promoted throughout the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council and Pupil questionnaires. There is a pupil representative on the Cooperative Trust forum. Pupils also participate in the election of the Young Mayor of Lewisham and vote in the democratic process. This year one of our Year 10 students was a candidate for the Young Mayor post.
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, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils 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 young pupils to make choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy and the school prayer.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We hold an annual Multicultural Day which is a celebration of our diverse community.
A more detailed document on how Brent Knoll promotes fundamental British values can be seen by clicking on the link below;
We aim to ensure that all pupils achieve their maximum potential, academically, physically and socially. We work towards this aim by offering pupils a secure and stimulating environment in which mutual respect, friendliness and an understanding of individual need is evident between all members of the Brent Knoll community.
The staff are committed to working together with governors, parents and pupils to create a calm, peaceful learning environment, in which all pupils regardless of ability, race, gender or beliefs can maximise their potential. We recognise the need for all staff to be consistent in their approach towards encouraging good behaviour.
To view the school’s equality policy please see the policies page.
We aim to:
- Enable all pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
- Provide positive support for those with challenging behaviours.
- Treat all pupils with respect.
- Listen to pupils.
- Make pupils feel safe and welcome.
- Give pupils interesting and challenging work.
The school will take action to protect these rights. In order to ensure that these principles are upheld, we have a School Council. The Council meets once a month to discuss matters of concern to the pupils. The Headteacher chairs these meetings.
The school expects that pupils will:
- Be polite and respectful to adults and each other.
- Refrain from name-calling or comments that make others unhappy.
- Try their best in all lessons.
- Behave in an appropriate manner in class, around the school and on educational visits.
- Arrive at school and lessons on time and remain in class until they are told to leave.
- Not bring cigarettes, alcohol, illegal substances or weapons into school.
For a copy of our school behaviour policy please see the policies page.
On entry to the school all parents are asked to read, discuss and sign a home-school agreement.