SMSC - Social

  • SO1: Students use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • SO2: Students show willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • SO3: Students show acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
  • SO4: Students develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

Working and socialising with peers of different backgrounds is the norm at Bournville. We have a single lunch and breaktime, with students of similar ages grouped together to encourage diverse friendship groups to emerge, and this approach is often used by teachers when setting working groups in classrooms. Our students are active participants in voluntary and charitable ventures with a number being held each year, often organised by the students themselves. In the past year students have raised money for a number of charities through a Christmas Jumper Day, a number of cake sales, and a book sale. Every Christmas our school choir visit elderly residents’ homes in Bournville and Northfield to sing carols and spread festive cheer, and for the past six years students have helped to organise our annual donation to SIFA Fireside, a charity that helps homeless people. In addition, the Duke of Edinburgh scheme is now more popular than ever at Bournville and requires students to engage in voluntary activities.

All Year 10 students participate in Work Experience, and as part of this students find and arrange their own work experience placement, with encouragement and (where needed) assistance from the Work Related Learning faculty. This helps to develop key skills students will need when looking for, and succeeding in, future employment.

Our development of the Fundamental British Values is discussed in more depth here, FBV page.