At GSSC these values are actively promoted and reinforced regularly in the following ways
We believe at GSSC that the ability to communicate is fundamental to a basic quality of life. We have a policy of total communication, where every student’s communication skills are recognised and valued, and developed as an integral part of their education. Pupils are given real choices in their daily life and are encouraged to reflect on and evaluate their learning experiences.
We have a student council, members of which are voted on by their peers, which meets weekly to discuss issues raised by staff and pupils. The council takes part in interviewing and selecting school staff, and is genuinely able to effect change.
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 GSSC.
Pupils are taught explicitly and at their level, the rules of the school and where appropriate, the reasons behind them – especially where they keep us safe. Pupils are also taught about their own responsibility in keeping these rules and where appropriate, to understand the consequences.
Visits from authorities such as the police and Fire service help reinforce this message.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young people to make choices safely through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely e.g. through e-safety, and PSHE – whether it be through choices of learning pathways, how they record their work, or participation in numerous extra-curricular activities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of the values of GSSC. Pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on themselves and others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Assemblies, PSHE and RE lessons reinforce this, including the use of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.
Members of different faiths are encouraged to share their experiences and beliefs to enhance learning. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At GSSC we value the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and their families and undertake a variety of events and learning experiences to celebrate these.
Our curriculum themes support the teaching of British values throughout the school.
The school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. This is also supported in the teaching of PSHE and SMSC opportunities.