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16/06/24

Happy Father’s Day pic.twitter.com/dCbFSV6RQf

14/06/24

Great display from athletes from Yr7-9 at today’s District Pentathlon Competition. All students competing in Hurdles, Shot, Long Jump, High Jump and finishing with 800m. Congratulations to Charlie who finished as runner up out of 32 athletes 👏🥈🏃🏻 pic.twitter.com/k8lQFKtUaN

14/06/24

Dear Parents and Carers,Take a peek in Review 31 to see what's been happening in and around the school.Have a lovely weekend!https://t.co/vEurh4dbv1 pic.twitter.com/aoUD6r8bnH

12/06/24

Some of our lucky student's were selected to represent RBA at the Scholars Education Trust Climate & Sustainability Conference. pic.twitter.com/lcFtFE2u6y

11/06/24

Yr10s working hard during their Mock Exam week! Well done Yr10. pic.twitter.com/p41m2E8ZQG

11/06/24

Robert Barclay Academy are looking for a hardworking, ambitious and dynamic teacher to join our highly successful Geography team to help teach the A Level Geography Course.Please click on the link for further informationhttps://t.co/7vXSyCJzsA pic.twitter.com/NLIefOPXUw

10/06/24

Year 7s having a wonderful time at the River Lea on the geography trip. pic.twitter.com/jtXMANz3zZ

08/06/24

County Champions! Congratulations to Alex (Yr12) and Matilda (Yr9) winners of the 400m Hurdles and Hammer competitions! 🥇🥇 😉 👏 pic.twitter.com/nYFaiU1qNR

08/06/24

Outstanding performances from more students at the County Athletics Championships. Savannah and Alessandro both finishing in 2nd place in the Yr7 Discus and Sajinth qualifying for the final of the 100m 🏃🏻🏃‍♀️👏👏🥈🥈#TeamRBA pic.twitter.com/PXaeD9ujqR

08/06/24

Early start for the Herts County Athletics Championships at Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead. Good luck to the 10 students competing today. Starting now in their events are Alex (400m hurdles) and Matilda (Hammer) 🏃🏻🏃‍♀️👍 pic.twitter.com/1NCY3JIeex

07/06/24

If you have a ‘can do’ attitude and can offer the team excellent communication skills, show intuition within a range of everyday task and activities and want to support the needs of the pupils with flair; this could be the role for you. pic.twitter.com/t5S3MpPbzu

07/06/24

Dear Parents & Carers,Attached is this week's Review for your viewing. Have a lovely weekend!https://t.co/vEurh4dJkz pic.twitter.com/u2YLP8B0Nf

06/06/24

Welcoming some of our new Yr 7 students this afternoon pic.twitter.com/lVSbPtEbYI

06/06/24

Well done to all athletes who represented the school at yesterday’s County League event. Well done to Savannah and Ezel for their 1st places in Discus 🥇🥇 and to Ronnie for a new PB in Pole Vault 👍🏃🏻🏃‍♀️#TeamRBA pic.twitter.com/bdZ9mHFjrz

05/06/24

Robert Barclay Academy is part of Scholars’ Education Trust. We are looking for a hardworking, ambitious and dynamic teacher to join our highly successful English team. We warmly welcome applications from ECT’s. pic.twitter.com/RprlwxMy6Y

05/06/24

Don't forget to book your places with your child's individual lesson tutors for Year 7 Parents Evening pic.twitter.com/5pLiQuDfqX

04/06/24

Staffing meeting tonight on adaptations - quick, easy, and most importantly…practical tips on how to approach this in lessons. pic.twitter.com/K9dRiTgbxV

04/06/24

Robert Barclay Academy is part of Scholars’ Education Trust. We are looking for a hardworking, ambitious and dynamic teacher to join the Maths team as their Deputy Head of Maths. pic.twitter.com/VsMcprYbfW

04/06/24

Robert Barclay Academy is part of Scholars’ Education Trust. We are looking for a hardworking, ambitious and dynamic teacher to join the English team as an Assistant Head of English. pic.twitter.com/EKyetBa9Bd

24/05/24

Year 11s - thank you for contributing to such a positive day. Thank you also to the 200+ parents who joined us too. A very special day . We look forward to Prom. pic.twitter.com/11pYXf0AJk

24/05/24

We say goodbye to our Yr 11 today - class of 2024 ! Good luck for the future and we wish you all the best! pic.twitter.com/C52toLbgaL

24/05/24

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a Maths Raising Standards Leader at Robert Barclay Academy. pic.twitter.com/34PcuXhPjv

24/05/24

An exciting opportunity awaits at Robert Barclay Academy for a Teacher of English pic.twitter.com/IqclCCGsVo

24/05/24

Our Maths department is looking for a dynamic Deputy Head of Maths. pic.twitter.com/5FQxeXG3iL

24/05/24

Come and join our wonderful English Department. pic.twitter.com/3Vvw9HN7Eg

Citizenship, SMSC, British Values and PSHE

Citizenship

In order to support the school’s values (ACE) and vision of preparing students to become developed and responsible members of society, we give them the opportunity to explore the issues that are important to them and our students are often involved with a wide range of initiatives. Whether they are campaigning against a specific issue, raising funds or spreading awareness for a charity or leading ‘in-school’ initiatives that are for the benefit of the other students, we are always willing to support them in whatever way that we can.

Work experience is enjoyed by students in Year 10 enabling them to work in a variety of trades both locally and in London.

Opportunities for students to develop as leaders are strongly encouraged and play an importan part of the education here at RBA. As soon as students join the school as they are able to take on the role of Form Representative, be a member of the Junior Leadership Team, take part on interview panels and join the Library Leaders.

As they progress through the school, students can also train as Well Being Ambassadors, be elected House Captains and Prefects and when they enter the Sixth Form they have the opportunity to be trained as Mentors and Counsellors.

As part of our focus on the local and wider communities students are encouraged to get involved with local and national issues. We are actively support Friends of Barclay Park and work very closely with the Broxbourne District Council to help with local events such as the Primary School Run Around, Remembrance Day and Holocaust Memorial Day.

SMSC (Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural)

At RBA, we are dedicated to promoting values which ensure our pupils develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility, and which prepare the young people at the school for life in modern Britain. Values such as individual liberty, democracy, the rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are embedded in the school’s ACE (Achievement Care Excellence) ethos, but are also promoted in a variety of ways throughout the school year.

A full evaluation of this is undertaken each year, but here are some examples of some of the ways British Values are promoted at RBA:

The PSHE curriculum teaches all these values including new, discrete units of work to promote British Values and teach the challenges of life in modern Britain. In addition, regular enrichment events such as the Mock Trial Competition promote democracy and the rule of the law to Years 9 and upwards.

Other subject areas also promote these values within their existing curriculum, and R.E., History, Geography, MFL and English in particular. Two examples of the ways these values are promoted can be found in the Year 9 English curriculum and the Year 8 R.S. curriculum. In Year 9 English, pupils study Animal Farm and a significant part of the process is the engagement with the social contexts, including the impact of extremist views and totalitarian states. In Year 8 Religious Studies, pupils study attitudes to prejudice and discrimination, promoting tolerance of different cultures and the benefits of mutual respect.

Extra-curricular opportunities also offer plenty of opportunities for pupils to learn about the importance of British Values. Other than the Mock Trial Competition, the Junior Leadership Team and many student voice panels teach students to uphold democracy and appreciate the rule of law, and the varied opportunities embedded in the school’s 21st Century Learning ethos encourage pupils to develop the mindsets and attitudes necessary to adopt core British values.

SMSC activities during Form Time provide an additional way to encourage students to engage in thinking beyond the everyday matters to ideas of local, national or global concern, and often asks students to focus on issues relating to citizenship and relationships.

On balance, British Values are embedded across the school at RBA and are integral to our ACE ethos. But we are also keen to find gaps and evaluate the ways in which we promote these more explicitly to students. The school’s rich SMSC provision helps us to do this, and we track and evaluate the ways in which British Values are promoted and linked within the following SMSC strands in particular:

  • Recognising right and wrong
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Understanding and exploring diversity
  • Understanding moral codes
  • Understanding others’ beliefs
  • Understanding how societies and communities function

British Values

The academy supports and delivers a firm commitment to developing and upholding British Values. Outside of lessons, British Values are promoted throughout the year as part of our pastoral programme. About 6 times each year, pupils will learn about British Values through assemblies aimed at actively promoting these values, but also through Thought for the Week sessions in tutor groups, where pupils get a chance to lead learning on these topics, and explore what the values are and why they are significant to modern Britain.

Democracy

We have our own Student Council (Junior Leadership Team) made of up of elected Form reps, as well as an elected Head Boy and Head Girl. Students are taught in a variety of ways including tutor time, assemblies and in subject specific content about the importance of democracy.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the academy or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout all aspects of academy life. Students and parents are taught the value and reasons behind our rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Individual Liberty

Students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-safety and tutor lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning activities or through the choice of participating in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At RBA, we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the student and staff body.  Our RE, assemblies and tutor teaching reinforce this.  Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes.

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education)

PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which our students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

In our PSHE lessons and activities we aim to:

  • Prepare students to engage and build positive relationships with family, friends and society.
  • Encourage students to understand and have the confidence to make informed decisions relating to relationships, healthy lifestyles, staying safe and economic well being
  • Foster respect, empathy and understanding for other people

PSHE is resourced by staff across the school. All lessons are supported by presentations, film clips and extension work provided by an ever-increasing number of staff members. Lessons are taught in form groups although some themes are delivered to the whole year group on drop down days by external organisations such as theatre companies and youth organisations.

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