Preparation for Life in Modern Britain

How do we prepare our young people for life in modern Britain at Shirebrook Academy?

  1. British Values:

The government places responsibility on all school to promote ‘fundamental British values’ of:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Alongside these values, which we prefer to describe as ‘fundamental universal values’, we promote the values of:

  • Self- help
  • Self-responsibility
  • Equality
  • Equity
  • Solidarity

We promote these values in the following ways: 

Strong whole school ethos

Shirebrook Stars- creating role models throughout the Shirebrook Community

Weekly assemblies reinforcing our ethos and key messages

Ethos reinforced via inclusive practices that are designed to ensure all students are treated equitably and fairly in relation to behaviour management, rewards and sanctions

All school policies & practices reviewed by governors for compliance with equal opportunities

School challenges racist, xenophobic and homophobic language and attitudes

Successful integration of students from various countries in to the ‘Shirebrook’ ethos creating a cohesive ‘family’ environment.

Strong pastoral structure from year 8 to year 11 led by a Head of Year and Senior Leader supported by a team of well-trained form tutors.

Student Ambassador and Prefect teams provide student leadership in school, supported by elected representatives from tutor groups

Election of Head Boy and Head Girl and Deputies to further represent student voice

Extensive programme of charitable events and fund raising organised and led by student body

Structured, mixed age Tutor Period every day, including discussions of topical issues

Across the curriculum, teachers teach students to critically evaluate the world and British historical events, ideas and political ideals, as well as help them to understand and respect a range of religious and non-religious viewpoints and faiths

Strong Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE) programme in all year groups

Close liaison with local Special School (Stubbin Wood) including student led joint programmes

Extensive enrichment programme including visits in Britain and abroad, work with external businesses and partners, including the cooperative movement

  1. Employability Skills

At Shirebrook we place a strong emphasis on ensuring our students are not only qualified but equipped for the world of work. The success of this strategy is evidenced in our year-on-year zero% NEETS figures. Our programme includes:

Prioritisation of development of literacy and numeracy skills, in English & Maths lessons but also applied and re-enforced across all aspects of the taught and hidden curriculum. Students for whom English is an additional language (EAL) receive extra support from our EAL Base

Cross-curricular teaching of ‘The Shirebrook ethos’ which helps to develop vital skills of communication, independence, perseverance, problem solving & reflection

Broad balanced curriculum with good range of guided options at KS4 allowing students to pursue appropriate courses including full range of traditional academic (EBACC), vocational and skills based qualifications

Work experience for all students in Y10

Mock interviews for all students in KS4 with local employers

Enrichment and enterprise activities with local employers including Rolls-Royce, the BBC amongst many other businesses

Careers Mark approved programme of careers guidance from year 7 to year 11

Developing STEM programme and CREST awards programme


  1. Life skills

Whilst preparation for work is important, much of our life is spent away from work and at Shirebrook Academy we believe it is important to prepare our young people to make good use of their leisure time and to be able to live healthy, safe, confident and independent adult lives. We prepare our young people for life beyond work through:

Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education educates all students about personal safety, health & hygiene, sex, relationships, drugs, alcohol, careers, politics,  money management, equal opportunities, discrimination and the law

All students are taught about basic food preparation, hygiene, diet and nutrition and the skills to cook healthy meals

A rich cultural programme including music, drama, dance and art within the taught curriculum and extensive extra -curricular cultural activities including theatre and gallery visits, a number of bands and annual school production

All students have 2 periods of physical education and a full programme of extra-curricular sports arebn offered with a number of teams and individual entered into local, regional and national competitions, plus an annual school sports day is held

Promotion of reading for pleasure

The MFL department help to support EAL students who are new to Britain with the support they need to become confident and positive British Citizens