Mounts Bay Academy awarded Registered Restorative Organisation status
The RJC is pleased to announce that Mounts Bay Academy have been awarded Registered Restorative Organisation status.
Mounts Bay Academy, based in Penzance, is an Acadmey school that teaches 11-16 olds. Described by Academy Principal, Les Hall, as a learning community that aspires to success for all without exception, Mounts Bay Academy have created a community which nurtures the very best in each person by identifying their strengths and talents and removing any barriers to learning.
There is a clear commitment to restorative practice which is reflected throughout the Academy’s strategic plan, policies, procedures. The commitment to leadership and staff training alongside a student-centric ripple effect training has led to restorative practice becoming more embedded within the student population.
[RJC Registration Decision Report (July 22]
They have embedded a range of restorative practices to support their community to maintain and restore relationships within their community. With a clear focus on developing good relationship where there has been conflict and harm, the underpinning Restorative principles emphasise the importance of:
- fostering positive social relationships in a school community of mutual engagement
- taking responsibility and accountability for one’s own actions and their impact on others
- respecting other people, their views and feelings
- empathy with the feelings of others
- commitment to equitable process
- active involvement of everyone in school in making decisions about their own lives
- issues of conflict and difficulty being retained by the participants, rather than the behaviour pathologised
- a willingness to create opportunities for reflective change in pupils and staff
Jim Simon, the RJC’s chief executive said:
“I would like to congratulate Mounts Bay Academy on being awarded Registered Restorative Organisation status. Having first been awarded the RJC’s Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM) in 2018, I was delighted to see that Academy leaders, staff and pupils have continued their restorative journey and have continued to embed restorative practice into every aspect of their learning community. This is an achievement that leaders, staff, pupils and parents should be proud of.”
Duncan Yeates, Assistant Principal & Head of Lower School, Mounts Bay Academy said:
“Mounts Bay Academy would like to offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Restorative Justice Council for a challenging but encouraging process which has helped us to further embed the restorative culture of our school.”
When asked what he would say to other organisations thinking of applying to become a Registered Restorative Organisation, Duncan said:
“In the words of Peter Drucker, "culture eats strategy for breakfast." In terms of human interactions, restorative culture eats punitive culture for breakfast. However, embedding restorative values at every level of your organisation can be quite a formidable task. Registering with the Restorative Justice Council and applying for registered status gives your institution the resources it needs to truly embed a culture of restorative behaviours.”
You can find out more about becoming a Registered Restorative Organisation HERE.
If you are not yet ready to take that step but would like to join our restorative community, then consider becoming a member of the RJC. You can find out more about our Membership offer HERE.