Visions and Values
Visions and Values
At The Co-operative Academy of Leeds, our vision is clear:
We demonstrate Courage, Commitmemt and Growth.
We aim to reflect these guiding principles and expect everyone involved with the Academy to show courage, commitment and growth in everything that we do:
- Courage to take those important first steps
- Commitment to see things through, however tough; and
- Growth, be it in terms of mindset, outcomes and achievements
We expect everyone to show courage.
We are optimistic about what we can achieve; we demonstrate a growth mindset – so that nothing is impossible; we are prepared to take risks and be brave.
After all, if we settle for second best, that is all we will ever achieve.
Part of being courageous is making sure your voice is heard – we must never be afraid to speak up for ourselves and others against injustice, or to put our opinions across in a positive way.
We must never be afraid to ask for help – but more importantly, we should not be afraid to show pride in our achievements.
Every member of the Academy family must show commitment. We will expect everyone to be responsible for their own actions, and be committed to persevere, whatever is thrown their way.
We want people to show passion and solidarity, but also empathy for others.
These expectations are rooted in our collective commitment – we will be consistent, insistent and persistent in our approach to attendance, punctuality, uniform, behaviour, homework, and to ensuring everyone is working hard and being challenged
Courage and commitment lead to Growth – but only if we continually strive to be the best we can be.
We want everyone to achieve success and make progress, in their academic, social and personal journeys, but we need to make sure we all have a “winning” attitude – we are always learning, and we need to show that we are confident to take on new challenges whenever they present themselves.
Our aim for the Academy is very simple - we just want to be better.
We want better exam results for all; we want all of our young people to leave, ready and prepared for the next stage of their lives.
We want to provide opportunities to experience life outside the Academy community, which will develop confidence and promote personal development.
The Co-operative Values
Continuing to sit very much alongside the Academy's vision are the Co-operative Values of:
We expect staff, students, parents and governors to espouse these values in their daily lives, and for staff to seek to actively reward and praise students who demonstrate these characteristics.
Promotion of British values at The Co-operative Academy of Leeds
At The Co-operative Academy of Leeds we not only recognise the importance of allowing students to flourish academically but also we embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values with our students. We are committed to the promotion of core British values: values which underpin a modern, civilised society of which we can be proud.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These values are: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. At The Co-operative Academy of Leeds, these values are crucial within the school community.
At the heart of these values lie good relationships in which teachers and students work together towards common goals. At The Co-operative Academy of Leeds these values are both integral and reinforced regularly in the following ways:
Democracy is prevalent within the academy. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our student parliament and student questionnaires. Students also have a say in the ‘full-value contract’ which is co-constructed at the start of each year. Students have a say in which rules should apply in the classroom so as to create a positive, learning environment for all. Furthermore, students are involved in the recruitment of new staff members, allowing them to have input on who we employ.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, be they those which govern the class, the academy or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, when dealing with behaviour and through assemblies. Students are taught the value of and reasons behind laws, and that they govern and protect us; they are also taught the responsibilities involved and the consequences when laws are broken.
Within the academy, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As an academy, we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices securely through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. The academy encourages students to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, as well as advising them on how to exercise them safely. We offer a range of extra-curricular clubs and opportunities and students are given the freedom to make choices about what they want to do.
The Academy’s ethos and its behaviour policy revolve around the co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, equality, equity, democracy and solidarity. Students have been part of discussions and assemblies relating to what these mean and how they manifest themselves. Posters around the academy promote respect for others, and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved by enhancing students’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them many opportunities to experience the diversity within our academy and community. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE, citizenship, coaching time and guild theme days. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.