"Active engagement in our local and wider community helps pupils to grow into responsible citizens."

British values
St Richard Reynolds is a Catholic school which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ. We promote these values by our words and deeds, and Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeates every aspect of the school’s activity. We provide a Catholic curriculum, which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and is created in the image of God (Gen 1:27). Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as active citizens in service to the world. Catholic Religious Education is the “core of the core curriculum” (Pope St John Paul II) 4 and the foundation of the entire educational process. We also provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities and strong pastoral support. We incorporate democratic principles, value the rule of law, support individual liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected.

Students grow in knowledge and understanding of democracy by
• Participation in democratic processes such as electing School Council reps and mock elections and referenda
• Learning about the development of democracy in PSHCE and in History lessons
• Being part of a school culture where pupils take part in informed discussion and debate within lessons
• Visits from MPs and other elected representatives
• Trips to Houses of Lords and Commons

Students grow in knowledge and understanding of The Rule of Law by
• Learning about and following the College Code of Conduct
• Learning about some aspects of the law and how it applies to young people in PSHCE
• Encouragement to reflect on their moral choices and to takes responsibility for the consequences
• Learning about the need for rules in RE lessons
• Visits from the police, both formally and informally
• Visits from magistrates in Year 10

Students grow in knowledge and understanding of Individual Liberty by
• Reflecting on their own experiences of freedom and learning about God’s gift of free will in RE lessons
• Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners who make choices about how they learn
• Students are given opportunities to make choices which affect their lives

Students grow in knowledge and understanding of mutual respect by
• Engaging in a variety of charity work
• Basing all actions on an ethic of love of self and neighbour
• Emphasising in RE and PSCHE lessons that every person is unique and “created in the image of God”
• Learning about issues such as sexism, racism and homophobia in RE and PSHE
• Studying music and texts from a variety of cultures
• Having a strong anti-bullying ethos

Students grow in knowledge and understanding of Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs by
• Studying different religions in RE including Sikhism, Judaism and Islam
• Studying moral issues from a range of different perspectives, including non-religious views, in RE
• Learning about Jesus’s example of respect for those of other faiths eg Good Samaritan
• Visits to places of worship and importance to other religions

The College seeks to collaborate with all schools in the borough and to form productive partnerships with local businesses, religious groups, clubs and charities.