OUR AIMS AND VALUES We believe that Egglescliffe School provides an exceptional educational experience through high academic standards, a supportive pastoral ethos and a wealth of enrichment opportunities which develops the whole person. This was confirmed by Ofsted in May 2013 when the school was last inspected and proudly achieved a third consecutive outstanding grade with Ofsted stating that “an exceptional positive learning environment pervades the school”. At Egglescliffe we are committed to giving every student the opportunity to achieve their full potential to become confident, self-assured learners. Whilst our academic results are some of the best in the area we also strive to develop essential life skills amongst our students so they are equipped to participate fully and contribute positively to life as active citizens in a modern democratic society. We encourage our students to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others with moral and ethical issues, promoting tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We help the pupils develop an understanding of the diverse society in which they live and help them appreciate that everyone is an individual in their own right. Pupils are encouraged to debate and discuss topical and sometime controversial issues which include human rights and responsibilities within both a national and global context. Pupils are made aware throughout their education at Egglescliffe School of the importance of individual liberty as well as an understanding of the role of law and justice in modern society. We firmly believe in the importance of educating our students to understand the importance of qualities such as honesty, reliability, respect, reflection and resilience. We aim to develop lively, enquiring minds, encouraging our students to have a thirst for learning. We work closely with our students, building their self-confidence so they can become more independent in their learning. This enables our students to view education as a lifelong process. In addition to this, students are supported and guided through the key transition points of their education to ensure they make the right choices for their future. For many parents, the positive and pro-active pastoral care that the students experience every day is the main reason for choosing Egglescliffe School. OUR ETHOS – BE THE BEST YOU CAN Vision Statement – Behaviour at Egglescliffe School is conducive towards creating a positive culture and climate for learning. All students have the opportunity to access their learning and to achieve their potential. BE… EXPECTATION WHAT THIS SHOULD LOOK LIKE: READY BE PUNCTUAL BE PREPARED HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE Students arrive to school and lessons on time. Students have the correct and necessary equipment. Students are prepared and enthusiastic to learn. RESPECTFUL BE ATTENTIVE BE POLITE TO ALL RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT Students are actively listening to teacher instruction. Students considerately interact with all members of the school community. Students take pride in their school; they clean up after themselves and each other. RESPONSIBLE BE SAFE & SENSIBLE HOLD OTHERS ACCOUNTABLE OWN YOUR LEARNING Students make intelligent choices. Students speak up when they see unpleasant/unkind behaviour. Students are keen participants, engaging enthusiastically in their learning. FUNDAMENTAL BRITISH VALUES Egglescliffe School has a duty to develop the whole child and to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. As part of this, we actively demonstrate that we promote fundamental British values. Much of this work is done through our contemporary and relevant PSHE programme that is delivered to all students as part of their curriculum entitlement. As part of fundamental British values pupils are explicitly taught to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. The units of ‘Tackling Racism‘, ‘Anti-Bullying awareness‘ and ‘Tolerance and diversity‘ help us address this aspect of fundamental British values. An audit undertaken in 2016 showed that RS and history lesson has a significant part to play in developing pupils understanding of the importance of respect and tolerance. RS for example teaches pupils about the benefits of living in a multi-cultural society, how the government promotes community cohesion and how religious organisations promote peace. The history department has, among other examples, a focus on the consequence of anti-Semitism and how this led to the Holocaust. At the current time Egglescliffe School is working towards gaining status as a School of Sanctuary. More detail of this can be seen at City of Sanctuary Students need to be taught right from wrong and to understand that people living in England are subject to English law. To address this the PSHE programme has units on Law and Justice Anti-Bullying awareness Tackling Racism Human rights Pupils need to learn to respect democracy and how citizens can influence decision making through the democratic process. In the PSHE programme there are explicit units on Politics and democracy UK place in the world While the above outlines some of the specific ways in which pupils at Egglescliffe School are taught about fundamental British values, it is important to note that a strong school ethos of respect, kindness and inclusion make sure pupils feel valued. The full PSHE programme can be viewed on the school website under the pastoral care tab.