British Values

Within our school, British Values pervade much of what do on a daily basis, largely through what could be deemed the ‘hidden curriculum’. This is where the school’s ethos influences more abstract areas of personal development such as forming and maintain relationships, self-esteem and patterns of behaviour – all of which are considered crucial to prepare our children for life in modern Britain.

At West Vale Academy, we recognise the importance of teaching our pupils mutual respect for those of different or of no faith, and the shared values of Christianity and other major world faiths.

Our Religious Education programme includes the Calderdale/Kirklees agreed syllabus and focuses on the three faiths of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

West Vale Academy's Values 

At West Vale Academy, we also have our own values. These were decided with our children, staff, families and Governors. Our values underpin our curriculum and are seen and ‘felt’ in all we do.

Protected Characteristics 

The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Everyone in Britain is protected. This is because the Equality Act protects people against discrimination because of the protected characteristics that we all have. Under the Equality Act, there are nine Protected Characteristics:

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender reassignment
  4. Race
  5. Religion or belief
  6. Marriage or civil partnership
  7. Sex
  8. Sexual orientation
  9. Pregnancy and maternity

The 9 Protected Characteristics are actively promoted in school through:

  • Our school vision and West Vale's Values
  • Our Positive Behaviour Policy
  • Conscious role-modelling by all adults in the school community
  • Active engagement and communication with parents and carers
  • Assemblies
  • British Values themes, focuses and books
  • Discussion within curriculum subjects
  • Promoting articulation by building appropriate language and a coherent vocabulary
  • PSHE lessons
  • RE lessons
  • Sporting, Art and Cultural Events
  • Pupil Voice
  • Educational visits
  • Real-life learning outside the classroom
  • Visitors to school
  • Developing links with local, national and international communities
  • Extra-curricular activities, after-school clubs, charity work and work within the local community.

Embedding Protected Characteristics at West Vale Academy promotes:

  • Self-esteem, self-knowledge and self-confidence
  • Respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process
  • Acceptance of responsibility for their own behaviour
  • Respect for their own and other cultures

Understanding of how children can contribute positively to school and home life and to the lives of those living and working in the locality and further afield

  • An understanding of equality, human rights and Protected Characteristics
  • An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety
  • An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
  • An acceptance that other 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
  • An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.