The Ecclesbourne School promotes tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs through assemblies and “Thought for the Day” in tutor time and it is fundamental to the school’s approach to equality of opportunity. Behaviour which offends against this value is dealt with sensitively but firmly by pastoral leaders so that students are made aware of the importance of tolerance in our diverse society.
Within the school curriculum tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs is taught across the age range through the Religious Studies curriculum. Students are taught in Year 7 about the signs and symbols associated with major world faiths and are helped to understand the importance of ritual observance including in terms of different codes of dress and cultural values. An extensive programme of visits and visiting speakers ensures students have the opportunity to appreciate different perspectives. This programme includes visits to Leicester Hindu temple (all year 9), the Holocaust Memorial Centre (all Year 9), and Birmingham mosque (Year 10). In Year 9 students have the opportunity to debate ethical issues with representatives of two traditions within the Christian communion. In the PDC curriculum Year 9 students study issues surrounding homophobia.