Curriculum

Mentoring and Assembly

At Humphry Davy School we care about the individual child. Students thrive best in an atmosphere where they feel valued and secure. The needs of our students as individuals, their physical, moral, cognitive, social, and emotional development, form the basis of the school's pastoral structure.

At the centre of our pastoral structure is the Mentor; a 'personal tutor' who is responsible for a small group of students and therefore able to build stronger relationships with each individual based on detailed and personal understanding. The Mentor is the first 'port of call' for parents.

On entry into the school, each student is allocated to a House and a mentor group under the care of a House Mentor. The Mentor meets the group daily for registration and throughout the week for mentoring sessions and assemblies. The Mentor not only has responsibility for the students' welfare on a day-to-day basis but plays an important part in raising achievement through target setting and supporting students academically.

All Mentors work closely with a House Head and member of the school leadership team who are involved in individual targets and student tracking.

Assemblies are held in House groups and aim to engender a sense of community and shared values. In line with statutory requirements, they are, while not distinctive of any particular denomination, wholly or mainly of Christian character. Led by the Head of House there is regular input from students, guest speakers and staff to broaden students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural experiences.

Students receive a broad religious education of a non-denominational nature that includes the study of Christianity and other great world religions and discussions of moral, religious and ethical issues.

Students are taught to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect.

British Values

Fundamental British Values are promoted throughout the school. Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. 

Through our provision of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) guidance we enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. We enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England. We encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely.

The school vision actively promotes fundamental British Values:

Humphry Davy School aims to unlock the talent and enterprise of all our young people. We promote high achievement and learning for life by working with every individual to:

  • value, trust and respect each member of our community and work together co-operatively
  • develop their full academic, crative, physical and personal potential
  • overcome barriers to learning
  • develop the knowledge, skills and attributes the need to lead successful and happy lives
  • become independent, confident, considerate and responsible young people who make a positive contribution to society
  • understand the importance of a fairer and environmentally sustainable world; and
  • be empowered to make an ethical and sustainable contribution to local, national and global prosperity.

We believe in justice and equality for all and will carrry this through in school life by:

  • recognising individuality
  • raising aspirations and awareness of opportunities
  • valuing and celebrating the positive attitudes and diverse achievments of all
  • encouraging a positive sense of place and identity through awareness of Cornwall's heritage, environment and culture and understanding and respecting differences of a local, ntional and international level
  • nurturing a friendly, caring, safe and secure atmosphere, where fair and firm boundaries promote self-discipline and a responsible attitude towards people and property
  • providing a community where all feel they belong and where each is known as an individual;
  • promoting the personal qualities of resilience, curiosity, self-esteem, self-confidence, self-discipline, tolerance and compassion
  • providing a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum
  • ensuring that our school is a community in which all participate in decision making
  • using our music specialism to drive whole school improvement, develop talents and link with the community around us.

The Student Council

Students are able to be elected to the Student Council and this process promotes understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process. Our hard-working and enthusiastic Student Council achieved the Silver PADL (Promoting Active Democracy Loudly) School Council Award.

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