Democracy is at the heart of the Co-operative values. We don't just agree with democracy, we make sure that every student is engaged with democratic processes and they understand their right to a voice within the Academy community.
Students are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Student voice is significant in regards to life at the Academy. Our student council plays a strong role in our Academy.
Student questionnaires are conducted throughout the year to ensure that the views of all students are bought forward by the student council members. We know that the formation of the school council and the active participation of our students will sow the seeds for a strong understanding of democracy in the future.
The principle of democracy is explored in many subject areas including business studies, history and religious studies as well as in assemblies.
We hold mock elections where students and staff had the opportunity to use their right to vote to elect the Student President for the Academy; reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
In line with our commitment to democracy students at the Academy are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where students are safe to disagree with each other.
All members of the Academy community treat each other with respect. Respect is one of the core values of our Academy and it is deeply embedded in all that we do at the Academy.
The students know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum from the concept of ‘fair play’ in PE to our vertical community groups which promote mutual respect and support between students across different year groups within the school.