Our Values and Ethos

At The Misbourne, we are working together to create a culture of love of learning based around positive self-discipline aimed at  allowing students to flourish academically.  We also embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and a key part of our vision is ‘to develop tomorrow’s leaders today’. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to our students.

A key part of our vision is to ensure that our students become fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.  We promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. This ensures our young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

Through various aspects of our curriculum, students gain:

an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.  Students look at the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law work in Britain, in contrast to different forms of government in other countries.  We aim to ensure all students within our school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as a school council which we call our  Student Voice. The principle of democracy is consistently reinforced, with the democratic process being employed for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for Head Girl and Boy and our Student Leaders. The principle of democracy is explored in subjects such as History, Personal Development and Philosophy and Ethics as well as in tutor time and assemblies.

•an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in 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. Students are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

•an acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.  This is achieved through equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Our Philosophy and Ethics and Personal Development curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.

•an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.  Respect is at the core of our school ethos and is modelled by students and staff alike.  The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments.  In line with our commitment to democracy, students at The Misbourne are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where students are safe to disagree with each other.  Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum from the concept of ‘fair play’ in subjects such as PE which promotes mutual respect and support between students across different year groups within the school.