Our school is committed to actively promoting British values to ensure our pupils leave us fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
As part of our vision to nurture today’s young people and inspire tomorrow’s leaders, we understand that character education is every bit as crucial to our children’s development as academic success. Our values of Hardworking, Resilient, A Communicator, Thoughtful and Knowledgeable are designed to actively promote and complement the five fundamental British values identified by the Department for Education:
The rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We teach our children the importance of being kind, compassionate and respectful to everyone that they meet, irrespective of their faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class or any other perceived differences. Through our leadership specialism, spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) and community service projects, our children meet inspirational people from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds, beliefs and cultures, and are encouraged to embrace all that life in modern Britain has to offer.
We also consider it essential for our staff to lead by example and exemplify and model British values. British values are therefore built into our staff induction processes and reiterated in staff training exercises.
The examples provided below – whilst by no means exhaustive – serve to demonstrate how British values permeate our curriculum, ethos and a wide range of leadership activities, along with our commitment to providing ample opportunities for our children to develop a strong moral foundation and a drive to make a positive impact in their local community, Britain and beyond.
Through the promotion of these values, our school aims to ensure pupils:
- Understand the democratic process and how citizens can have a say in decision making.
- Recognise the advantages of living under the rule of law and how law is essential for a safe society.
- Understand that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary and why it exists.
- Understand the reasons for accountability of institutions and why courts maintain independence.
- Know why freedom of religion protects all faiths, as well as those with no faith.
- Accept that people who hold different religious beliefs should be tolerated and not discriminated against.
- Value the importance of identifying and combatting extremism.
We promote British values both within and beyond the classroom and these values are at the heart of our ethos. Here are just some of the ways our school seeks to embed the teaching of British values.