Citizenship aims to develop each pupil’s awareness of the social and political world that that surrounds us . We seek to develop a sense of responsibility for each other, respect for the individual and the wider environment, alongside a working knowledge of the main political and social institutions of the UK, the EU and the UN.
Citizenship sessions begin in Year 8 and continue through to the end of Year 13. A starting point is: ‘Who am I?’ which opens up a discussion of the development of the individual and one’s relationship with wider communities. Concepts such as ‘What is good Citizenship?’, ‘Rights, Responsibilities and Duties’, ‘The Rule of Law’, ‘Respect, Tolerance & Diversity’ and ‘What is Democracy?’ are explored. Later, we look at questions pertaining to freedom of speech, the role of the media in modern society, the political spectrum, the make-up of the main UK political parties, how the voting system operates and the workings of parliament. At each stage of development, we use the model of ‘Fundamental British Values’ to help stimulate and organise our thinking.
We aim to make the course as relevant and pertinent as possible. We also want a course that is flexible enough to respond to current affairs, such as Brexit and ‘Black Lives Matters’. Years 12 and 13 engage in the Model UN Conferences which help their understanding of international relations and the workings of the United Nations. Every November, we co-host a MUN conference with our Senior Boys’ School.
Assembly presentations, Politics Club, visiting speakers, displays and prizes, as well as liaising closely with our Community Action team, all help the girls to see the importance of contributing positively to the needs of our local community as well as the wider world. We encourage our pupils to be intelligent, thoughtful and resourceful young citizens.