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Values & Ethos

Our Aims

We aim to ensure the maximum achievement for all by:

  • Providing learning experiences both inside and outside curriculum time that are stimulating, challenging and relevant.
  • Encouraging opportunities to explore issues that develop learning, discussion, understanding and empathy.
  • Helping to develop interpersonal skills, a positive self image and confidence as well as fostering self motivation and discipline.
  • Ensuring a safe, supportive, friendly and attractive environment conductive to learning and underpinned by a fair and consistently applied code of conduct.
  • Supporting individual development, strengths and personal interests as well as offering opportunities for group and community based activities to thrive.
  • Promoting training and professional development for staff in order to extend the teaching and learning experiences provided.
  • Forging strong partnerships with others who share the responsibility for education, in particular parents but also other schools, colleges, outside agencies,  and employers.
  • Preparing young people to take an active and responsible place in society and developing a commitment to learning as a lifelong process


At Stopsley High School we promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum, and in PSHE (Learn 4) lessons and supports the development of the ‘whole child’.

Fundamental British values

 Through our provision of SMSC, we will:

• enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;

• enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;

• encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;

• enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;

• further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;

• encourage respect for other people; and

• encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England. The list below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of pupils as a result of schools promoting fundamental British values.

• 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 there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;

• 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; and

• an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination