Chesterton Community Sports College is committed to serving its local community.
As a school we recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We seek to embrace and celebrate this diversity whilst at the same time upholding traditional British Values. CCSC actively promotes British Values; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different beliefs and faiths, to all pupils. This helps to prepare pupils for adult life in Britain.
The five key British Values are incorporated into the school curriculum across a range of subjects, they underpin the pastoral system and feature in other aspects of school life such as assemblies and special events.
The details below show some specific examples of how each value is embedded into the ethos of Chesterton Community Sports College.
The principle of democracy is explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in PSCHE and assemblies. It also features as part of team work tasks across many subject areas. The specifics of the UK democratic system are studied as part of PSCHE and each year a group of Key Stage 3 pupils undertake a visit to Westminster as guests of our local MP to see democracy in action.
The Rule Of Law
All pupils are taught the rules and expectations of the school and given an understanding of how this mirrors the laws of the country. This is covered by the pastoral staff and upheld by teachers in lessons across the curriculum.
Pupils are taught the value and the reasons behind the British laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. We strive to ensure that pupils understand that different points of view are acceptable but are still subject to the laws of the land.
At CCSC students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a
safe, secure and supportive environment. We emphasise that choices made by individuals should not be harmful to others and must be within the rule of law.
CCSC has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour Policy.
Respect for self and others is a key element of the school ethos. Pupils learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments. Pupils are also taught to respect members of the wider community; including local people and those who have contributed to society. In Novemeber 2014 a Remembrance Concert was held to honour the fallen of the two World Wars with a particular focus on soldiers from North Staffordshire.
Tolerance Of Different Beliefs And Faiths
This is achieved by equipping pupils with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience diversity whenever they can. The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all students up to the end of KS4, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
The school also uses its international links to help promote this tolerance. These include foreign visits (recently to France, Belgium and Spain with further visits to Italy, France and Poland planned), exchange students visiting the school and work on Fairtrade (CCSC achieved the Fair Aware Fairtrade Award in 2014).
Chesterton Community Sports College strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and contribution to our Society.
We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. We also understand the vital role we have in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation and that every pupil has the opportunity to embrace the school ethos of 'Be The Best You Can Be'.