‘Be Safe, Be Joyful, Be Inspired’

 

Statement of Purpose

Longdon Hall School is dedicated to providing outstanding education to young people with educational, social and communication, and emotional difficulties resulting from a a primary need of social, emotional & mental health (SEMH) and/or autism spectrum condition (ASC), incorporating a range of therapies to provide support for the sensory processing needs of our young people.

 

Our vision is to inspire all pupils to learn with confidence, to help build resilience, and become well rounded individuals

 

Ethos

Our school ethos has been defined through consultation with our whole school community including pupils, staff, parents/carers and the wider stakeholders through a school provision review.

Collectively, we have decided that Longdon Hall embeds the following ethos:

  • We have clear and high expectations
  • We understand and support individual needs
  • We provide space for a safe environment to learn
  • We offer an inclusive and diverse curriculum
  • We value our relationships with pupils, families, staff and the wider community

Promotion of British Values

Background and Rationale

The Department for Education have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The Prevent Strategy recognises the importance of schools in counter-terrorism activities. More recently, concerns about the inappropriate actions of some schools were highlighted in the Birmingham Trojan Horse case, where a number of OFSTED inspections revealed a failure to promote British values adequately in some schools, meaning that young people in them were vulnerable to radical and extremist ideas. Consequently, all schools need a clear statement of British values and how they are promoted through the school’s curriculum.

What is meant by “British Values”?

We believe that the following list exemplifies some of the values held dear by British citizens:
• Democracy
• Respect of the rule of law
• Appreciation of the rights of other citizens
• Individual liberty
• The promotion of opportunities for all
• Support for those who cannot, by themselves, sustain a dignified life-style
• Religious tolerance and respect for cultural diversity
• Treating others with fairness
• Participation in community life
• The contribution to, as well as the benefit from, cultural and economic resources

Although this list is not exhaustive, we believe it encapsulates the values we promote in our school.