We have six core school values which underpin how we live and how we interact with one another. They help us to "let our light shine" and live out our school vision.
We take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern multicultural Britain very seriously. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE and R(S)HE lessons, and daily worship opportunities allow our pupils to deepen and develop their understanding. Through our curriculum the children come to understand concepts of Mutual Respect, Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs, Democracy, The Rule of Law and Individual Liberty, with pride and we continuously encourage them to demonstrate a good understanding of the application of these to their own lives.
Through our curriculum, we ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community, during which these concepts are shown, through for example, local community events and church events, class charity work, sporting events, and a range of visits. An innovative after-school club, “Young Language Ambassadors” ensures a warm welcome for children from different countries who don’t speak English as a first language. The group also lead the school’s work on social and charitable campaigns, for example, the “Send Our Friend to school” initiative and selling rice from Malawi to our school community. Our school’s embedded Christian values-based ethos gives West Malling students an excellent platform for embracing difference.
Further information about our approach to British Values can be found here.