Ethos and Values
At Northern House Academy we are committed to guiding and encouraging our students so they reach their full potential. We believe that each and every one of our unique learners has their own contribution to make to the life of the academy, their family and their community, through:
- Engaging with a stimulating and challenging education of the highest quality within which they know that their achievements are valued
- Developing the ability to be independent and successful in adult life and the wider community
- Developing the ability to embrace change and the challenges this can bring
- Developing positive relationships and respect for one another
- Developing tolerance and understanding of individual needs
- Embarking on a journey of self-discovery
- Engaging with the academy’s high expectations, positive attitudes and staff who have a passion for working with young people
- Supporting the academy’s safe and secure structure
- Embracing the exciting and innovative challenges and opportunities on offer
- Celebrating traditional British values and the differences in our community and the wider world
Modern British Values
The fundamental British Values have been classified as “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for, and tolerance of, those with different religions or faiths.” Northern House Academy sets out in the day to day running of the school and within its long-term strategic planning to promote Modern British Values. This is to enable our pupils to become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background and diversity.
Northern House Academy embeds and reinforces British Values across the curriculum, through tutor time, during ‘Thought for the Day’, during day trips and residential trips, through specialist interventions, and by inviting a wide range of different guest speakers, professionals, and visitors from the local community into the school to meet with pupils. Many curriculum areas contribute to the teaching of British Values.
We aim to provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services. We have an active pupil council with pupils being asked their opinions about important school issues and this ensures our pupils are aware of the principles of democracy. The elections of the Pupil Council representatives each year are based solely on pupil votes. Members of the Pupil Council regularly play a dynamic role in taking the voice of the pupils to their meetings and feeding back to their tutor groups. Pupils are encouraged to take ownership and leadership of this, with staff to facilitate and provide guidance.
The Rule of Law
Processes are in place at school for pupils to identify and exhibit appropriate behaviours; we promote positive behaviour management strategies and encourage Northern House Academy pupils to take ownership for their own behaviour. We have a robust behaviour policy which clearly states our school standards. We work closely with parents/carers and outside agencies to ensure that standards are followed, and believe consistent communication with pupils and their families is crucial to promoting an appropriate learning environment. A ‘Restorative Approach’ is used to help enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact, and take steps to put it right. This approach empowers pupils to take ownership of their behaviour. Specialist one to one interventions allow for a safe space where pupils feel supported and guided to reflect on their actions and given tools to help them act differently in the future.
The right to believe, act, and express oneself freely is a fundamental British Value and one that we work hard to promote. The staff at Northern House Academy play an important role in this by acting as appropriate role models for pupils. We aim to actively support pupils in increasing their own self-knowledge, self-esteem and confidence so that they have the skills and abilities to express their own individual and diverse views and opinions in a safe environment. We welcome and encourage freedom of speech through pupil participation in lessons, class discussions and in school council meetings.
Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith
Pupils are encouraged to respect each other, staff and visitors to the school. We enable pupils to appreciate different cultures and traditions, including their own, within curriculum areas such as history, geography and religious studies as well as in group talks during tutor time and within the PSHE programme.
- To promote cultural understanding and awareness of different religious beliefs between different ethnic groups within our school community.
- To monitor and promote the involvement of all groups of students in the extra-curricular life of the school, including leadership opportunities, especially students with special educational needs.
- To further improve accessibility across the school for students, staff and visitors with disabilities, including access to specialist teaching areas.