Promoting British Values at Meols Cop High School
The Dfe have reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs."
Each academic year at Meols Cop we hold elections to gain a place on the student council, with all students voting to choose their candidates who represent the student body. We also have an Eco-Committee, voted for by all students. Both the Student Council and Eco Committee have a huge influence on decisions made about school policy and about the school in general. The use of student voice is embedded in our community. We seek out student opinions on key changes such as the introduction of new form time activities. We believe that one of the strengths of our school and a major factor in the pleasing progress shown in student learning is the development of a far more articulate body of students who not only have assumed more responsibility for their own learning but who will leave us as responsible citizens ready to display the resilience and character developed at Meols Cop.
Basic Values-The Rule of Law
We have a strong BFL system at Meols Cop to ensure that all students behave responsibly and are respectful to each other so that learning develops in a supportive and caring culture. Students are encouraged to make the right choices and decisions and our Going for Gold system rewards all of the individuals who wear our uniform with pride, attend well and are punctual, behave maturely and who work their hardest. The rule of law is also embedded within the school curriculum, with regular opportunities to visit aspects of law making and implications of breaking laws explored directly within the PSD curriculum as well as exploring themes relating to this in other subjects such as History.
Basic Values-Individual Liberty
Every student who attends our school has the right be safe, to be taught well, to be challenged and stretched, to receive individual support and intervention when necessary, to receive appropriate advice on any aspect of learning or future learning and to have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular sporting, creative and cultural activities. We regard every student as a young adult who must always be treated and cared for as individuals in their own rights.
Basic Values-Mutual Respect and Tolerance For Those Of Other Faiths And Beliefs
Students of all faiths and beliefs are welcomed into our school community. The school vision of inclusive excellence is at the core of everything we do. This ethos promotes respect for others and this is reflected in our behaviour expectations and expectations in the classroom and beyond. Respect of other faiths and beliefs is achieved through an enhancement of pupil understanding of their place in a culturally, diverse society and by giving them experience of such diversity. Assemblies about prejudice based bullying, such as homophobia and racism are used regularly as well as the opportunities to explore and develop greater understanding of different faiths through the RE curriculum.