Our Values

We believe that with Hard Work, Kindness, Integrity and Excellence, our students will achieve success both inside and outside of school and beyond.

Our Ethos

At Sedgehill Academy, we believe that students in our school can be as successful as students in any other school, and it is our role and responsibility to make this happen. 

Our aim is to bring out the best in every student, balancing expectations of high academic achievement with a rich and varied curriculum designed to promote strong development of character.

Music and creative arts form an integral part of this with every student having the opportunity to learn a musical instrument free of charge from years 7 to 9. We also believe that the most successful students are those who not only achieve their academic potential, but those who are also happy and fulfilled. 

We aim to ensure that our students become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background, and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

  • The Equality Act 2010

    The school has a public sector equality duty (s.149 of the Equality Act 2010) which requires us to have due regard of the need to:

    • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under that Act;
    • advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it; and
    • foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
  • British Values

    At Sedgehill Academy supporting British values is central to the expectations we have of all our students.

    Students are expected to:

    • Be a representative of my school and a role model in the community
    • Arrive to school and lessons on time
    • Bring to lessons the correct equipment, books and homework to support my learning
    • Follow school rules and wear the correct uniform.
    • Show respect for myself, others, staff, visitors and the school environment

    Sedgehill Academy has an obligation under section 78 of the Education Act (2002) which requires all schools, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of students at the school. This includes actively promoting the British values of 

    • Democracy
    • The rule of law
    • Individual liberty
    • Mutual respect
    • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

    As a school we aim to develop and nurture these by:

    • Embedding our own values of hard work, kindness, integrity and excellence in all that we do
    • Delivering a vibrant and engaging assembly programme with British values and ethical beliefs at its heart.
    • Delivering a well-structured Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship education programme which addresses all of the requirements of the programmes of study.

    We aim to ensure that our students become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background, and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

  • Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education Programme

    Through our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship education programme we ensure that principles are actively promoted which 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 understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality in which the school is situated and to society more widely
    • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
    • encourage 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, paying particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010; 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
    • provide a varied Religious Studies and Citizenship programme at every Key Stage. Of particular note is the Year 8 unit on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism which promotes the respect and tolerance of religion. There is also a unit in Year 10 on Religion, State and Authority where the issue of human rights and their formation is studied
    • provide an effective and well-managed School Council enabling students to actively participate in the democratic process
    • offer a broad and balanced curriculum which addresses many of these core values across a range of subject areas
    • provide a clearly communicated and consistently applied Behaviour Policy so that students understand what is expected of them and the consequences of both meeting and failing to meet these expectations
    • encourage charity work organised by the School Council, Sixth Form Leadership Group and within year groups
    • offer a wide range of national and international educational visits
    • enable adherence to our Behaviour for Learning Policy, which is regularly referred to and communicated with students, reiterating that we are a school community built on mutual respect and understanding
    • deliver an e-safety programme to all students, staff and parents at Sedgehill Academy
  • Political Views

    We preclude the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject in the school and take such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure that where political issues are brought to the attention of students:

    1. While they are in attendance at the academy
    2. While they are taking part in extra-curricular activities which are provided or organised by or on behalf of the school; or
    3. In the promotion at the academy, including through the distribution of promotional material, of extra-curricular activities taking place at the school or elsewhere that students are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views.

United Learning comprises: United Learning Ltd (Registered in England No: 00018582. Charity No. 313999) UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB.

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