Hassenbrook Academy

Modern British Values/SMSC

At Ortu Hassenbrook Academy, we are committed to serving our local community and its stakeholders in the most effective way possible.  We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and multi-ethnic dynamic of the United Kingdom and we recognise the vital role that we play in ensuring that groups and/or individuals within the Academy are not subjected to prejudice, intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to subject them to illegal influence or to undue pressure.

At Ortu Hassenbrook Academy, we accept admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including pupils of all faiths or none, as allocated to the Academy through the application of our published Admissions Policy (see admissions’ policy).  We follow equal-opportunities guidelines (see equal opportunities policy), which ensure that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, political or financial status, or background.

At Ortu Hassenbrook Academy, we use opportunities both from within our published curriculum and beyond, to secure the British values outlined below for all students.


•The rule of law

•Individual liberty

•Mutual respect

•Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Core Curriculum

Our core curriculum prepares children for life in British society by developing financial literacy skills, addressing cultural entitlement issues, developing confident and effective communication skills – including the ability to read, write, speak & listen and access the world safely via the internet; and by encouraging collaboration and discussion between students to research and test ideas, values and concepts.

We also teach mutual respect and understanding within R.E. lessons and through our calendared SMSC days. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised about how to exercise these safely.

Foundation Curriculum

We take every opportunity to address and explore issues as they arise within individual subject areas. Students are encouraged to exercise and apply their analytic and empathic skills to consider the wider social and moral implications raised within all areas of the KS3 and 4 curriculum. All students are given access to a wide variety of cultural activities and experiences through classroom and extra-curricular activities and through our SMSC days involving all departments and all students.

Whole school assembly/ Year group assembly/ tutor time

Our assemblies and tutor time activities uphold the traditional values of empathy, respect, understanding and tolerance. All students are actively encouraged to be aware of events around them as well as in the local, national and international news, very often leading to discussions demonstrating core debating skills.


Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs is promoted in R.E. as students gain a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices for those religions represented in the UK.


The principles and practices of following rules, celebrating and rewarding success, accepting defeat, participating in activities that promote cooperation with others, and inclusion-for-all form an integral part of the P.E. core curriculum. Students take additional responsibility roles as Sports Leaders and House Sports Captains.

Head boy, Head girl, Prefects and Peer Mentors

At Ortu Hassenbrook Academy we encourage students to take responsibility for themselves, their peers and members of the wider community by undertaking roles as Head boy, Head girl, Prefects, Peer Mentors, form reps, Year reps and Academy Council reps.  All of these roles foster the awareness of and provide experience in: debate and discussion, group action to identify and address needs and concerns, and taking care of each other as groups and individuals.

Involvement in key local regional and national events:

At Ortu Hassenbrook Academy, we support students in taking part in a wide range of local, regional and national events: these include: Public Speaking and debating competitions, local, regional and national sports events, Opportunity Thurrock , the Jack Petchey Awards and many others as and when they become available.

If you would like any further information or have any concerns regarding the promotion of British values at Hassenbrook Academy please contact Mrs Sana Tahiri- Deputy Headteacher- on 01375 671566 or stahiri@hassenbrook.org.uk