British Values

We are proud of our inclusive ethos and our commitment to our stated values of respect, success and aspiration. Our dedication to ensuring that our young people leave the Academy as independent and responsible citizens means that our work supports and fulfils the Academy’s duty to promote British values, as defined by the DfE document ‘Promoting fundamental British values through SMSC in schools’.

Robert Smyth Academy aims to:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
  • encourage respect for other people;
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

The Academy addresses these areas through the curriculum. A range of subjects, including history, English and RE, directly teach key aspects of the values agenda. The pastoral work of the Academy is also central to developing students’ awareness of their rights and responsibilities. Whole Academy events, such as a recent mock European election, further add to students’ understanding of democracy and respect for other peoples’ opinions.

Students are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. Visitors often note the peaceful and collaborative atmosphere, and the good relationships between pupils and staff; the very essence of fundamental British values.

If you are interested in further details of how the school delivers SMSC education (spiritual, moral, social and cultural), please contact the Academy.