British Values & SMSC

British Values at Horbury Academy

The Department for Education introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values and to ensure they are taught in schools.

Horbury Academy is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the Academy are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

It follows 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. Horbury Academy is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British Values to all its students.


The five key British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


Examples of how these are delivered at Horbury Academy include:

  • Horbury Academy Aims and Ethos statement
  • Student Voice activities
  • Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education programmes
  • Religious Education lessons
  • International activities recognised by our International Schools Award
  • Healthy schools initiatives
  • Discussion within curriculum subjects
  • After school clubs
  • Assemblies
  • Charity work
  • Sporting events
  • Educational visits and other Learning Outside the Classroom.


Democracy plays a key role within the day to day life of our Academy. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Academy Council and play a part in our staff recruitment process. Student representative as well as our Prefects and Head Boy and Girl are selected through an election process.

Through the English curriculum, students are taught the skill of debating and voting and annually the Academy participate in a national debating competition.

The rule of law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the Academy or the country, are reinforced during the Academy day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through assemblies and the PSHCE programme. 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 community authority figures such as the PCSO help reinforce this message. We have adopted a restorative practice approach to student behaviour, in which children are taught how to accept responsibility for their actions. All students sign an ICT Acceptable Usage Policy.

Individual liberty

Within the Academy, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms as well teaching them that how they act can impact positively and negatively on others. They are advised how to exercise these freedoms safely, for example through our e-Safety and PSHCE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, how they record work or participate in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, students are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual respect

Respect for each other, for our Academy and to others in our community is an integral part of our school ethos and Behaviour Policy. Students see staff model this by treating each other with respect and courtesy and we promote this in the way our students interact with each other in their classes and during social times. Mutual respect and fair play is also discussed within sports based activities. We teach students about the unfairness of discrimination based on someone’s faith, culture or beliefs through the RE and PSHCE programmes of study. We run charity events to actively promote mutual respect for all groups in society.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing students understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Opportunities to share and discuss this message occur through assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been promoted through RE, PSHCE and ‘Anti-Bullying’ work, as well as taking opportunities to tackle this during every day school life.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of students at Horbury Academy

The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our students has always been at the heart of the education offered at Horbury Academy. Our approach to SMSC is embedded in the ethos of mutual respect, partnership working and collaboration; an approach that we believe is fundamental to a full and positive participation in life in modern Britain.

We support the spiritual development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:

ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values, sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, use of imagination and creativity in their learning and willingness to reflect on their experiences.


We support the moral development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, and to apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England;
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions; and
  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.


We support the social development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds;
  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively;
  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs;


We support the cultural development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others;
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain;
  • knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain;
  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities;
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity,
  • tolerance towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.


These are the skills and attitudes we believe will allow our students to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

British Values & SMSC
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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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