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British Values

British values and the Prevent Programme

At QEHS we promote democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith. We do this partly on the curriculum in Citizenship lessons in Year 8 where we promote British values overtly and partly in the hidden curriculum.

In Year 7, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs is delivered and discussed in Religious Study lessons. Views are challenged and supported by knowledgeable and caring staff who care deeply about respect and tolerance. Democracy is evident across the school as students vote their peers on to the student council, leadership group and cabinet. Student voice is strong and we often act or make important changes to many aspects of the school simply by listening to the student council and showing them that their voices are heard. Behaviour in QEHS is outstanding and, through our PSHE programme, our students know and respect the law. 

At QEHS we are proud of our students and encourage them to celebrate their culture and beliefs in a safe and nurturing environment. We have links through our international schools accreditation with China and Tanzania and are part of an exchange programme with these countries. In addition to this, we organise numerous trips abroad to enrich our student’s education and to give them experiences and knowledge of other countries and their cultures. QEHS staff have been trained on their Prevent duty directly by the police and the school is often cited as “an example of good practice” because of our collaborative work some years ago.

Our students will not tell you by rote exactly what British values are because this is something they live and not something they are taught to say. We believe our students are unconsciously competent and support British values as a result of the ethos and values of QEHS, and of course their families and the communities they live in.

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