British Values

At Springwater School, we believe that all learning is best when it is practical. We take every opportunity to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We are clear about our responsibility to prepare children and young people to take their place in British society and deliver this in planned ways and when opportunities arise – such as on the playground.


We ensure that fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our PSHE and RE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. We take the opportunity to provide learning opportunities if there are national or international events, as quite often pupils are aware of through the media or through social media. For example, the pupils had experience of voting, and hearing from ‘candidates’ in their departments and classes during the General Election. We also ‘myth bust’ and challenge our older pupils to challenge views and opinions which may arise as ‘fake news’.


The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide range of experiences both within and beyond their local community. This ensures that they have opportunities to practice values such as tolerance, democracy and following rules - for example during sporting events or by participating in a Youth Voice Conference.


We have a very active student council, who were democratically elected and who meet regularly. They have introduced new initiatives such as a regular fayre and a buddy system. They are consulted when there are school matters under consideration – for example the plans for our new outdoor space. They make suggestions for change in school, and from September 2018 will be driving forward developments for a house system in school – as they want all pupils whatever their age or stage in school, to meet together regularly.

 

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Springwater School
High Street
Starbeck
Harrogate
HG2 7LW

About Us

Springwater is a vibrant and progressive day school catering for students ranging from two to nineteen years. Offering places to students who may have profound and multiple, severe or physical difficulties, the majority of our current students have co-existing or multiple needs. We also cater for students with autistic spectrum condition and elements of challenging behaviour.