AIMG_8158t Thornaby Academy we are committed to giving every student the opportunity to achieve their full potential to become confident, self-assured learners ready to make valuable contributions to our community. As part of our values led approach we actively promote the values of:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs and those without faith as part of our work to promote equalities believing that a lived understanding of these and other values will contribute to all our students success in life now and in the future.
  • PREVENT agenda

Students encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. SMSC including British Values are consciously developed through the culture and ethos of PRIDE at Thornaby Academy, through the content of our core curriculum where understanding of values are explored in wide ranging ways and this is mapped across the whole school. We believe that education can inspire and develop positive attitudes to others in our school and community. Listed below are just some brief examples of how we promote these values in our school.


At the heart of our school is the key principle that all students are leaders. They work closely with other students, staff, parents and the community on all aspects of school life. They have a real say in the development and future of our school. This was the key process used to establish our core PRIDE values. This then led to the birth of the Core Ambassadors, who will and do have a direct say on all that happens at Thornaby Academy. These students work alongside staff on all aspects of school development linked to the PRIDE ethos, seeking to represent the views of all students and to encourage an ethos of PRIDE. Students have a great amount of input in regards to what helps them learn. Students are also involved in democracy outside of school. Students also take part in UK Youth Parliament Elections.

The Rule of Law

Our students will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. Our students have a very big say in the rules that our school needs. Students were involved in creating their own set of rules which run alongside our PRIDE values, they have also written a code of conduct to be adhered to during social times. This has given them a much better understanding of why rules are needed and the consequences for everybody, if these are broken. This understanding of the importance of rules and moral values is consistently reinforced through our assembly program and our curriculum.  We have clear expectations in terms of e-safety and promote safe learning online along with discussing the potential consequences of using the Internet for inappropriate means. The PSHE curriculum gives opportunities for students to fully understand the differences between “right” and “wrong” and how views may differ but all people living in England are subject to its law.

Individual Liberty

We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so that students are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. Enrichment Week also gives students the chance to try something different and work with a range of staff and students for a week. Enrichment Week offers a large choice of activities to choose from and inbuilt into the week is also the opportunity to evaluate the activities. Through our PSHCE program and humanities we educate students on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. Respect forms one of the key qualities as highlighted by our PRIDE values. We learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around the school. Students learn about a range of issues across LIFE lessons, tutorial programme and assemblies. We actively promote respect for others through the praise and consequences systems embedded into teaching and learning along with the rewards processes in school. Our Anti-bullying policies, assemblies, RESPECT days and curriculum teaches students about respecting individuals' beliefs and their rights to hold them along with highlighting the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.

PREVENT agenda

At Thornaby Academy we ensure that through our school vision, values, rules, diverse curriculum and teaching we promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles. The trust also ensures that this ethos is reflected and implemented effectively in school policy and practice and that there are effective risk assessments in place to safeguard and promote students’ welfare. We are committed to ensuring that our pupils are offered a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to prepare them for life in modern Britain. We encourage our pupils to be inquisitive learners who are open to new experiences and are tolerant of others. We cover a range of PREVENT agenda issues throughout or LIFE/PSHE curriculum and our RESPECT days. During our RESPECT days we have worked closely with the organisation Red Cross, who delivered training on stigmatisation and understanding the story of refugees and asylum seekers. The internet provides children and young people with access to a wide-range of content, some of which is harmful. Extremists use the internet, including social media, to share their messages. The filtering systems used in our school blocks inappropriate content, including extremist content.

PHSE at Thornaby Academy

At Thornaby Academy, PHSE and its effective delivery is extremely important to us. We continually try to ensure our student’s well-being is looked after exceptionally well. We have passionate leaders of the PHSE curriculum who are proactive in exploiting any opportunity to make links to PHSE, to educate and prepare students for our rapidly changing world. Staff have received training on Homophobic bullying and continue to seek out opportunities to ensure all staff are up to date with the PHSE curriculum and its successful delivery.

Through PHSE we can actively engage students in learning the about the consequences of risk taking behaviour and help to prevent risk taking behaviour. Other aspects of PHSE lessons include developing well-rounded citizens. Included in this, are elements of what it means to be British: democracy, risks of radicalisation, multiculturalism, tolerance and bullying.

There is a robust curriculum plan in place to tackle the issues we feel are most important for our students in today’s world. Students receive one PHSE lesson per week, along with tutor activities and tutor board competitions and also have a dedicated day of PHSE  every term, known as RESPECT days. Alongside this we promote PSHE both implicitly and explicitly in a range of subjects across the academy.

Year 7

  • Friendship and Bullying (Healthy relationships, prejudicial language, Sex Education)
  • Self-respect, Sex education, Remembrance (British Values)
  • Democracy and Participation
  • How do I learn best?
  • Values and Being Me

Year 8

  • Conflict and War, Our place in the world (British Values)
  • Friendships, Bullying, E-Safety and Remembrance
  • Aspirations and stereotypes
  • Alcohol education
  • Healthy relationships

Year 9

  • Sex and Relationships
  • Rights and Responsibilities as members of diverse communities
  • Role and Influence of the Media on Lifestyle
  • E-safety/cyber bullying
  • Alcohol Education
  • Healthy relationships

Year 10

  • Unhealthy relationships
  • Careers
  • Financial money management
  • Stigma Against refugees, migration and asylum seekers

Year 11

  • Risk taking behaviour
  • Careers
  • Unhealthy relationships
  • Stigma Against refugees, migration and asylum seekers

Our RESPECT days allow us to invite professional organisations to deliver bespoke and hands on sessions to students. We are extremely lucky to have a close working relationship with a range of organisations such as

  • Mermaids-LGBTQ
  • Red cross- Stigma againist refugees and asylum seekers
  • My harbour-domestic violence and abuse
  • TFM-Money management
  • Darlington building society-money management
  • Mind-mental and physical health
  • NHS-sec education
  • Local colleges and sixth forms-careers
  • Local businesses-careers
  • Apprenticeship schemes-careers

The intention is to offer strategic support and education about everyday issues around risk taking behaviour, to allow students to make informed choices about their safety and health, both physically and mentally.

In addition, the learning is also centred on Post-16 pathways, work skills and careers guidance, finance and budgeting, at KS4.


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