Values and Ethos

We are proud of our academic excellence as well as our achievements across a broad spectrum of activities - personal and social, sporting, artistic, musical and cultural.

Yewlands offers a first class service for its students. We recognise their different needs and work hard with them to develop talents and potential in a spirit of mutual respect. We value the unique contribution of each student to our learning community. Our expectation of every student is to be the best that they can be.

We enjoy the commitment and support of our parents and carers and thank them for ensuring their child is in school on time, in full school uniform and with good intentions every day.


Promoting Fundamental British Values.

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values, to ensure our young people leave the academy prepared for life in modern Britain. Students are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in Britain are subject to its law.

The Key Values are: 

* Democracy

* Rule of law

* Individual liberty

* Mutual respect

* Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


How is this done at Yewlands Academy?

We actively promote British values by:

Focusing on and showing how the academies work is effective in securing these values and

challenging our students, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values.


Democracy – what do we do? 

* Provide students with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services

* Teach students how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process

* Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain

* Encourage students to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in the academy

* Help students to express their views by empowering them and promoting the work of the student council and encouraging student voice.

* Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged


Rule of law – what do we do? 

* Ensure our academy rules and expectations are clear and fair

* Establish a classroom code of conduct and promoting the ethics of ‘Make your Mark’

* Help students to distinguish right from wrong and offer neutral guidance

* Help students to respect the law and the basis on which it is made

* Help students to understand that living under the rule of law protects all individuals

* Provide the opportunity for our Police Officer to present British Values in year assemblies

* Teach students aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws.

* Embed the PREVENT duty into the fabric of the academy


Individual liberty – what do we do? 

* Support students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

* Encourage students to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights and expectations of how to behave in society

* Model freedom of speech through student participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable students and promoting critical analysis of evidence

* Challenge stereotypes and stereotypical behaviour and implement a strong anti-bullying culture 

* Promoting E-Safety throughout the curriculum and providing parents with information and support. 


Respect and tolerance – what do we do? 

* Promote respect for individual differences and celebrate diversity

* Help students to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures or ways of life.

* Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour

* Develop links with faith and other communities through RE and allow our students to develop critical personal thinking skills