Values & Ethos
To create opportunities for all young people, regardless of needs, to develop their full potential.
Brookfield aims to be a school where commitment, participation, involvement and achievement are expected of all.
- A school where Learning and Teaching are at the heart of what we do. Where there is a high level of challenge in classrooms, but where there is still room for laughter and fun. Where teachers seek to innovate and ideas are welcomed as the natural currency of learning. A school where everyone is passionate about learning.
- A school where there is clarity of purpose. Where students know what their objectives are and all positive pursuits of those objectives are rewarded – high levels of attendance, positive behaviour, effort or attainment.
- A school that knows what each student is capable of and seeks to ensure that every student has the opportunity to enjoy achievement. Where information regarding student progress is shared regularly with learners and with parents. Where students are encouraged to be responsible for their own progress.
- A school that is in the heart of its community and aims to communicate positively and directly with it. A school that recognises that in all policies and procedures, simplicity is a virtue.
- A school that recognises mistakes as part of a learning process – a school where everyone has the desire to succeed but the courage to fail, and praise and encouragement are the natural currency between staff and students, students and their peers and staff and their colleagues.
- A school where students value and support each other, and regularly join together to help others. Where students are encouraged to make a positive contribution to their community.
- A school that is alive with creativity – sport, art, drama, music and song, language, experimentation, understanding, empathy, warmth and fun. A school that promotes the health and well-being of all and the development of the whole person.
Promoting British Values
In September 2014, The Department for Education introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values and to ensure that they are actively promoted and followed in schools.
Brookfield Community School is committed to excellence both academically and pastorally and is proud to serve its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the UK and the fact that society is forever changing in its nature. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. The school follows equal opportunities guidance to prevent discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. We are dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values with all our students.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Brookfield Community School uses strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the ways in which our school seeks to embed British values.
Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges. It can also refer to our nation’s electoral systems.
In school, we promote democracy through such things as:
- The fair election process for student positions of responsibility
- Seeking student voice on key school decisions and as part of the quality assurance processes in school
- Providing leadership opportunities through programmes such as; Sports and Language Leaders, Prefects and School Council Members.
- The principle of democracy is also explored in aspects of the formal curriculum as well as in tutor time and assemblies.
The Rule of Law
All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced.
In school, we promote the importance of the rule of law through such things as:
- The school Code of Conduct and Behaviour for Learning Policy
- The use of rewards and sanctions for students’ choices in their behaviour
- Pastoral support and intervention, such as restorative justice practice, to resolve conflict
- Aspects of the curriculum, tutor time and assemblies that explore the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
- Liaison with external agencies and authorities such as the Police and Fire Service to reinforce this message.
Individual Liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside government control.
In school, we promote the importance of individual liberty through such things as:
- The Anti-Bullying Policy and culture for all students and staff, allowing the opportunity for individual choices in a safe and supportive environment
- A wide choice of extra-curricular activities and clubs available to all students
- Encouraging students to share their views and opinions in lessons in a formative manner
- Offering opportunities for freedom of speech and expression through mediums such as the school council representatives, newsletter and surveys/student voice activities.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on; how to exercise these safely, for example through Online Safety and form time work plus assemblies.
Mutual respect is the proper regard for an individual’s dignity, which is reciprocated.
In school, we promote the importance of mutual respect through such things as:
- Our classroom rules, followed in all areas of the school
- The range of support available to students who are facing difficulties
- The example that staff set in the way they behave towards each other and to students
- Teaching students that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others
- The development of skills through visits and trips at home and abroad, work experience placements and tutorials, our broad and balanced curriculum
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The school expects all students, staff, governors, parents and volunteers working with the school to have a fair, objective and permissive attitude to those whose faith and beliefs may differ from one’s own.
In school, we promote this through such things as:
- Opportunities for students to experience other cultures through foreign trips, international visitors and links with schools abroad
- Encouraging students to share their faith and beliefs within the school
- The Religious Studies' curriculum which provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures
- A strong SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) element in assemblies and in form time tutor sessions.
Brookfield Community School strives to ensure that its students are committed to excellence and leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life both academically and pastorally, being able to successfully contribute to our society.
Redhill Academy Trust
At Redhill Academy Trust, we have five principles that guide everything we do:
- High expectations of all students
- Valuing and celebrating academic achievement
- Outstanding teaching for all students
- Widening students’ experiences through a range of extra-curricular activities including sports and the performing arts
- Equality and opportunity for all students and staff
A message from Simon Healy, Chair of the Redhill Academy Trust
Redhill was the first secondary school in Nottinghamshire to gain an “outstanding” Ofsted rating for the quality of teaching and is now the only one to have achieved this twice in succession.
The Redhill Trust prides itself on providing an outstanding education for secondary aged students from Arnold, Sherwood, Mapperley, Carlton, Eastwood, Radcliffe on Trent and Cotgrave. Our highly regarded academies operate under the experienced leadership of our nationally recognised Executive Principal, Andrew Burns. They promote an ethos of very high expectations and the importance of academic success for all our students.
We are a locally based Trust, made up of local parents whose own children have or currently attend our successful academies. We will not accept anything but the best for our own children and believe that all local children deserve an equally outstanding education.
If you have a son or daughter currently at primary school, I would urge you to consider one of our academies as your first choice when they move up to secondary school.
We take pride in serving our communities, and have a clear purpose of improving children’s futures and contributing to positive social mobility in the region. We believe in high aspirations, high expectations and high achievement for all – from the very youngest children in our nurseries, to students and sixth formers forging their own bright futures. Each of our schools is unique, but they all promote an ethos of equality and achievement through a mission to ensure that all local children have the chance to achieve their full potential, whatever their background and starting points.
It is our vision that Redhill Academy Trust can continue to grow and broaden our reach over time, providing better outcomes for even more young people in the future.
The Redhill Teaching School Alliance
Redhill Academy Trust is a thriving and ambitious community of schools providing a broad spectrum of education for children and young people across Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire. The origin of Redhill Academy Trust lies with The Redhill Academy, an outstanding secondary school in Arnold, Nottingham. The Trust has now grown to encompass 15 academies across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, providing excellent education for over 11,000 children in nursery, infant, junior, secondary and post-16 settings. We are also a regional leader in teacher training and high-quality professional development which we deliver through the DfE designated Redhill Teaching Hub.
Brookfield Community School is proud to be sponsored by The Redhill Academy as well as being an active member of the RTSA. The culture of collaboration, partnership and celebrating our successes form the basis of a growing success story which is beneficial to staff and students across our schools.