Citizenship and British Values
St Alban's is a Catholic faith based academy. As such, our obligations to deliver a curriculum based in Gospel values are paramount. This is exemplified in our mission statement:
"To recognise that each individual student and member of staff is a unique creation in the image of God, and deserves to be valued equally.
To follow Christ’s example by providing a living testimony to the goodness and presence of God and so to prepare our students for a fuller participation as followers of Christ in the life of their community.
To develop effective leadership throughout all levels of the staffing structure and to use this to create a successful teaching environment where high expectations of students, staff and governors are met.
To provide full opportunity for our students to develop their individual talents and build a
strong foundation for their future."
Our school student population is around two thirds Catholic, and as such integrates all other children into our diverse community. This includes other Christian children, children of other faiths, and children who proclaim no faith. Our promotion of tolerance, understanding and values permeates not only curriculum content, but in the way we deliver this content and in the expectations of community spirit.
We aim for students to become rounded citizens who are ready for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in modern Britain.
This strategy is implemented through:
-Subject content such as History where students are prompted to understand and form views about the lessons that historical events teach us about society;
-PYF lessons (Planning Your Future) where students are given opportunities to explore the challenges and tasks of making sense of becoming a citizen who can lead and inspire others and contribute to our culture;
-Assemblies where Gospel values are interpreted to give meaning to current affairs and contemporary life;
-Visiting speakers who might for example encourage community and charity work;
-Tutor time where current affairs, life’s mysteries and learning challenges are explored;
-Chaplaincy work where the ‘touchstone of faith’ is realised for each child and member of staff at some point each day;
-Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural aspects of learning are recurring themes through opportunities presented to students in the structure of their lessons.
-In Religious Education lessons students consider rights and responsibilities, relationships and morals and form and refine their views through discussion and reflection.
For further reading on delivery with students please see the PYF page