Our aim is to provide an outstanding holistic education that will ensure the young people of the Robert Clack School community are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to fulfil their potential and make a valuable contribution to society.


Our ethos reflects the values of Alderman Robert Clack, the former Mayor of Dagenham after whom our school was named when it opened in 1955.  He was recognised as a fighter for social justice and worked tirelessly to advance the life chances of the people of Dagenham. His values continue to permeate our school ethos today, which is summarised perfectly by the maxim: 'Excellence for all; excellence from all'. We strive for excellence in all that we do in the Robert Clack School community in order to equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to fulfil their potential and make a valuable contribution to society. As such, our ethos is characterised by the values of:


• mutual respect;

• compassion for others;

• discipline;

• high expectations and aspirations;

• hard work.


The teaching and support staff who work at our school are completely committed to delivering an outstanding holistic education to our pupils in order that they become the best people they can be. We believe in our pupils, and we are determined to ensure that they believe in themselves by embracing the original school motto: 'forti difficile nihil' - 'for the brave, nothing is difficult'.


Promotion of British Values


At Robert Clack there are certain values that inform the way that we behave, and provide a positive influence for students.


Robert Clack actively promotes principles that:


  • Enable pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence


  • Enable pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to  respect the civil and criminal law of England


  • Encourage pupils 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 in which the school is situated, and to society more widely


  • Enable pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England


  • Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling pupils to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own cultures



These values are promoted through our daily tutor time, Skills for Life, PSHE, Enrichment Days, Thoughts for the day, Assembly Programme and embedded within the general ethos of our school community.


"Our ethos reflects these values. We place great emphasis on building positive relationships in school, amongst the students themselves and between staff and students. We strongly believe students should not merely be taught such values but that they are embedded into school life and how we do things.


We strive to support our students to develop into confident, happy, successful young adults who have empathy towards and an understanding of those less fortunate than themselves."


THEMES to support ASSEMBLIES, Tutor Period, Thoughts for the Day and PSHE

We operate on a yearly plan where we have broad subject areas relating to British Values, which interweave with PSHE, Thoughts for the Day, Assemblies and Tutor discussions where possible. The themes are published weekly on the school website and information is issued in the weekly bulletin as well to support the themes across the whole school community.


Through our thriving School Council we ensure that all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and, we actively promote the democratic process through elections for School Council, Head Boy/Girl and Prefects. Democracy is further promoted through pupil questionnaires which take place once a year.


The school ethos and behaviour policy revolve around ‘respect’ as a core value, and discussions and assemblies focus on what respect means and how it is shown

Extra-curricular activities such as the Debate Club are used to encourage respect, tolerance and harmony between people who may hold different views to ourselves.


The school supports local, national and international charities. In 2014 more than £6,000 was donated to a variety of charities.


The information below reflects how Robert Clack works to promote positive values through the ethos and life of the school, for example through a broad and balanced curriculum, and through social, moral, cultural and spiritual development.


Promoting a broad balanced curriculum


  • Equalities and Accessibility Plan in place


  • Regular curriculum review to ensure a broad and balance curriculum


  • Inclusive teaching


  • Parents’ Evenings


  • Assemblies


  • Positive role models (Outside speakers, Alumni)


  • Options process: Blocks of subjects to guide choice


  • Within particular subjects e.g. History, HSC, RE, Sociology, PSHE, Skills for Life


  • Promotion of tolerance of different views


  • Democracy, parliament, immigration


  • Extremist behaviour


  • Equality and diversity



Social, Moral, Cultural, Spiritual Development


  • PSHE explores different religions and opportunity to understand people of other faiths and cultures


  • Off-site educational visits and overseas trips


  • Mentoring Schemes (Prince’s Trust, Ford Mentoring, On site Mentors)


  • Assemblies to promote tolerance/understanding of other cultures and


  • Supporting Others


  • OAP evening


  • Mayor’s Charity Appeal


  • Volunteering



British Values


  • The rule of law


  • Part of school life, taught in PSHE and in other subjects where relevant.


  • Democracy


  • Part of school life so experience it (e.g. school council, Head boy/girl,  student surveys)
  • Mutual Respect


  • Respect for individual  difference


  • Modelling behaviour


  • Setting standards of attitudes and behaviour in school


  • Awareness and tolerance of communities which are different to their own
  • Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs


  • PSHE


  • RE


  • Assemblies


  • Individual Liberty


  • Strong pastoral system (being aware of changes in behaviour)


  • Student council


  • Student views sought


  • Safeguarding procedures


  • PSHE/SFL teaching









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