British Values

Democracy   Individual Liberty    Rule of Law

Carlton Bolling College recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. Situated in the City of Bradford, our motto “Excellence for All”, reflects our belief that all students, regardless of background or ability, should be supported to excel in all that they do. We understand the vital role Carlton Bolling College plays in ensuring groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by anyone wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. We seek opportunities to celebrate our community and their rich heritage from all round the globe.

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We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Carlton Bolling College is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all.

The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools and set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

The five British Values are:

Democracy

The rule of law

Individual liberty

Mutual respect

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Democracy

The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced in school, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for School Council positions and Student Heads of Year. The principle of democracy is also explored in the PSHE, History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in tutor time and assemblies.

The rule of law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Carlton Bolling. The school rules apply to everyone without exception, as does the law of the land, and students are taught rules and expectations and the reasons why they are in place.  Students are aware of the consequences of breaking these rules through PSHE, tutor time, assemblies and throughout the curriculum.  We have strong and effective partnerships with key agencies such as the police and theatre groups, who support us to educate our students regarding the rule of law. Students throughout school can earn the privilege of being Heads of Year and support school staff by enforcing the rules and acting as role models for our school community.

Individual liberty

Carlton Bolling students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff in school educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices and act as role models, through a safe environment and an empowering education.  Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety, PSHE and tutor time. Carlton Bolling College has a robust anti-bullying culture and a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning Policy.

Mutual Respect

Students learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others.  All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.  Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment and developing effective communication skills and showing respect with effective teamwork.  We value the contribution of all members of the community and take every opportunity to praise and show our appreciation of their valuable input through achievement assemblies and prize-giving.

 Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

We believe we are in a privileged position to equip our students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community and beyond through extra-curricular trips both nationally and internationally.  We regularly welcome visitors and speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds and every year welcome a number of students who are new to the country.  All students are valued and supported to ensure a smooth transition into school.  Our young people are encouraged to be proud of their background, they actively share their faith and beliefs within school through assemblies and lessons. We mark important festivals from across the world thereby improving our students’ global awareness.  The Religious Studies curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.