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Orchard Park High School

British Values

How is Orchard Park High School promoting British Values?


Students get to vote and discuss school issues with their peers in the following : School Council, Year Councils, Mock Elections, Prefect Meetings, Tutor Time, PSHE and Citizenship lessons.

Individual Liberty

Students actively engage in individual liberty through: freedom of expression in creative writing, performances in Drama, participating in talent shows, Music and Sport. All students are encouraged to make choices within a safe environment both individually and collectively. All students are encouraged to use critical judgement, to understand their personal capacity and power to influence.

Mutual Respect

All students understand the importance of developing tolerance and respect. We promote respect through: daily reflections, assemblies, themes of the week and our broad and balanced curriculum, sustaining positive links within our local community. The teaching of RE, PSHE and Citizenship encourages students to become active citizens, embracing and celebrating all religions, faiths and beliefs and creating a room for reflection and prayer. Students support each other in the frequent public performances given internally and externally in the community. Students also have the opportunity to engage in The Edge Project, charity initiatives and local community work.

Rule of Law

Students understand rule of law by observing the school rules. Students have confidence that school rules will be applied consistently and fairly and that there are clear sanctions if rules are breached. Discussion of British justice takes place, including how laws are made and where the legitimacy of a law comes from. Discussions of legitimate and illegitimate forms of protest are encouraged during PSHE and Citizenship lessons.

Equality Club

Our OPHS Equality Club is a diverse, non biased group of students committed to challenging social justice issues. The club meets weekly on Tuesday lunchtimes and regularly lead or support assemblies with a focus on inclusion for all and the language that we use as a school community. The group regularly provides challenge to the school's leadership team in relation to equal opportunities and strives to make Orchard Park High as inclusive as possible so that all students feel valued and celebrated for their individual identity