Atam Academy is a Sikh faith school open to and welcoming of people of all faiths and none. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the UK and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting British values. We encourage admissions from all those entitled to education under British law regardless of ethnicity, gender, political or financial status from across the Sikh community and the wider community. This statement outlines the British values we actively promote. Currently we only have Reception children and Year 1 children on roll. (4-6 years old)
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices that respect other people, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our young pupils to make choices safely by following our Golden Rules and supported by our five Sikh values. Our teaching reflects the Sikh belief that all should be free to follow their own religious belief. One of our key values piaar (love) encourages children to respect the right of others to make their own choices. These values are embodied in all that we do.
Children vote on certain decisions eg choice of class Christmas presents and are encouraged to respect the views of those they do not agree with. Next year when children are a little older they will take a full part in school councils. A selection of pupils meets with the headteacher every fortnight to let her know their views. We consult with parents and take account of their suggestions. We have links with the mayor of Redbridge who will be visiting the school this term.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We follow the Redbridge RE syllabus in addition to our own programme of Sikh Studies and our aim is to provide a balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. Festivals from other religions are included within our programme of assemblies and celebrations. This term this includes Rosh Hashanah, Divali (as celebrated by Hindus) and Christmas. Our curriculum has many links to the wider world and includes visitis to a range of places of worship.
The Rule of Law
The school has links with the Chadwell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team and a visit is taking place this half-term from a community officer. We have a clearly structured behaviour policy which is understood and followed by all stakeholders. We regularly review behaviour incidents in school and share these with key stakeholders. Assembly themes include the rights of the individual, especially in terms of how we treat them.
Mutual respect is enshrined in our behaviour policy and assemblies and underpinned by our principle of Vand Shakna (share what you have). We encourage children to talk through difficulties and always to respect other people’s point of view.
As a new school, with only very young children on roll, we have decided that this statement will be reviewed annually for the next two years to ensure it reflects provision in the school.