Diamond Wood Community Academy is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting these values.
We encourage admissions from all those entitled to education under British Law regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status. We are a school for all.
This statement outlines the key Fundamental Values we actively promote.
The Rule of 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. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities, such as the Police and Fire Service, help reinforce this message.
- We have a clearly structured behaviour policy which all stakeholders understand and follow.
- We regularly review behaviour incidents in school and share these with key stakeholders.
- Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a School Council, which meets regularly, to discuss issues raised in class council meetings.
- The School Council itself is led by a member of staff and adheres to democratic processes, reporting its actions to the Governing Body.
- Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
- Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely.
- We follow our 6 ‘Golden Rules’ and these are reinforced through circle time and assemblies.
- Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and circle time.
- Respect is one of our 11 Core Values.
- Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on themselves and others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Our weekly assembly themes cover the areas of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths & Beliefs
- Diamond Wood Community Academy is situated in an area which is culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on respecting the diversity of our children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this value directly through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. We celebrate many festivals through our topic work and enjoy celebrating Christmas and Eid in equal measure.
- Our children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
- Our RE curriculum ensures that children learn about cultural, moral and social understanding.
- At Diamond Wood Community Academy we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.