How does a school decide upon its ‘community values’?

How does a secondary school decide upon and embed a set of values when the school community is made up of so many different people from many different backgrounds and viewpoints? John Rutter gives us his reflections

A commotion in the social area was not unusual but today was a little exceptional. Alerted to the event by the running of sixth years past my door, I followed at a discrete pace to find at least half of our seniors gathered around the large television monitor following mid-morning break.

There on the screen – faced by a fairly hostile and incredulous studio audience – was one of our recent leavers.

The strapline underneath read: “I am sleeping with my best friend’s mum.” Sure enough, sitting alongside him was one of our more notorious parents. Ushering everybody back to classes with a rather tongue-in-cheek “move along folks, nothing to see here” was a difficult process.

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