‘Think for yourself, act for others’
The school motto is ‘think for yourself, act for others’, and this sums up Cheney’s ethos. We aim to educate a new generation of citizens who can view the world critically, make their own decisions, and act in a way that benefits the wider community, not just themselves. Rather than a list of bullet points or aspirations, we believe that our school motto sums up our ethos and our values.
Cheney is a genuinely comprehensive school, in the best sense of the term. The ideals of the comprehensive movement have been met in Cheney, in a way that is very rare. We serve a diverse community, which is fully representative of modern British society, and we value the breadth of our families’ backgrounds. Students who have been educated at Cheney School will be able to work alongside and interact with people of any background, which is an enormous advantage in the modern world.
Cheney's success is built on traditional values as well as progressive thinking. We have high expectations of all students and place very high value on making sure every student reaches their full potential. Academic excellence is the main focus of our work here at Cheney and many of our students go on to study at the best universities across the country. We believe in facilitating our students’ personal development by offering a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities as well as delivering excellent pastoral care to support them through their school life.
Promotion of British Values
At Cheney School we recognise not only the importance of allowing students to flourish academically but we also embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we celebrate, promote and reinforce British values to our students. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and considered them to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. At Cheney School these values are reinforced through a variety of ways and as part of our usual school practices. The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at Cheney School and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
At Cheney School the principle of democracy is consistently reinforced, with the democratic process being employed for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections held for our Head Boy and Girl and School Council representatives. We routinely hold husting events in the run up to general elections. The principle of democracy is explored across a number of subjects, in particular in History and Religious Studies as well as in assemblies and through our student leadership programme.
THE RULE OF LAW
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, and Magistrates are regular events in our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within Cheney School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety in PSHE and form time activities.
Respect is at the core of our school ethos and is modelled by students and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. In line with our commitment to democracy students at Cheney School are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where students feel safe to disagree with each other. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum, from the concept of fair play in PE to a number of buddy programmes which promote mutual respect between students across different year groups.
TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
This is achieved through equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school. Our Religious Education curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
Should you feel that the school is not meeting this requirement, you should contact the school office and request to express your concerns with the Headteacher. Likewise, if you feel that anyone working at the school is undermining these values you should report this to the Headteacher or a member of the safeguarding team.