Our School

At Testbourne we seek to provide the best possible education for all pupils by providing high quality teaching and by fostering the highest standards of work and behaviour. We wish to offer all pupils the maximum opportunities for personal success and fulfilment by creating a caring and supportive environment in which each person feels secure, valued and able to reach their potential.

Our pupils may be gifted academically; they may be good at sport or physical activity; they may be particularly practical, creative or artistic; they may be able socially, finding it easy to get on with other people – whatever their talents we aim to find and encourage them.

We believe that good behaviour is essential to allow these talents to flourish and to enable pupils to achieve the highest standards. Our ultimate aim is for pupils to develop an understanding of the need for self-discipline and the will and confidence to succeed. We emphasise the need for a calm and orderly school, where pupils exercise good manners and show respect and consideration for others at all times. We are a rights-respecting school and we make sure that our students understand the importance of the 3Rs – Rights, Respect and Responsibility in all that they do. We are pleased that visitors to the school often complement our students on their good behaviour and positive attitude to work as well as commenting on the happy atmosphere and good relationships.

We want our school and the students who belong to it to be the best we can be. We have an excellent team of very well-qualified subject specialist teachers and support staff who are committed to helping our students do just that and to making our already “outstanding “school an even better place to be.

Promoting British Values at Testbourne School

The DFE has recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and vigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”

The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and the Prime Minster has reiterated these values this year.

We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all students, staff and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We teach our children to be tolerant and respectful towards others, embracing the differences in our community and the wider world. At Testbourne these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.

Democracy

Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Student Voice structure and through a variety of student working groups e.g. Teaching and Learning, Behaviour for Learning. Student Voice meetings are chaired by the Head Boy and Head Girl alongside an Assistant Headteacher.

In addition, students have the opportunity to have the their voices heard through the Schools Teaching and Learning Reviews where the Senior Leadership Team meet with the students to discuss their learning. The students take an active role in the interview process for new teacher appointments acting as tour guides and forming part of a Student Voice Panel.

Individual Liberty

Within school, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our young people helping them to make choices safely through provision of a safe environment and empowering discussions and debate. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely e.g. e-safety assemblies and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through the choice of which courses they wish to follow at the end of KS3 or participation in extra curricular clubs and opportunities, students are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

At Testbourne our ethos emphasises respect and tolerance for others. This is reinforced through the consistent implementation of our Behaviour for Learning and Anti Bullying Policies. We actively promote courtesy and good manners towards all.

Although numbers from some ethnic groups may be low, our community is still made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds. We aim to promote the understanding and appreciation of different faiths and cultures both within our school and the wider world through assemblies and areas of the taught curriculum.

We actively monitor and tackle all forms of bullying and harassment. This includes cyber-bullying, prejudice based bullying related to appearance, SEN, sex, race, religion and belief, disability or sexual orientation.

At Testbourne School we will actively challenge students, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including extremist views.

Ruth Beasley, Headteacher