At Ryedale School, we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides students with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. This is embedded throughout all aspects of school life, and is mapped comprehensively across the school and curriculum areas by the SMSC co-ordinator.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Ryedale School these values are reinforced regularly through a range of teaching and learning opportunities.
Here at Ryedale School we have our own set of ‘Ryedale School Values’, these are underpinned by the fundamental British Standards, and these values thread through the ethos and community that we promote.
The students and staff have identified the following values that will help guide us in our relationships. These values help define who we are and how we see other people.
They help us celebrate our similarities and differences and they promote cohesion within the local and the wider community.
- Tolerance and understanding
- Fairness and consideration
- Open mindedness
- Adherence to rules
All members of the Ryedale Community aim to model and promote these values during tutor time, assemblies, lessons and extra-curricular activities.