The British values are: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. We teach these alongside our Christian values of love, respect, fellowship, faith and respect.
St Marys’ School is committed to serving its community and we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. The school embraces the belief that at the heart of a modern ever changing, multicultural and multi-faith community is the acceptance of key British values which it has a responsibility to promote. In doing so, our learners will be able to grow as individuals and citizens in the community and country in which they live.
The school believes that this is something not only achieved through the curriculum but through the school’s core values and ethos as well as its provision for students beyond formal lessons.
We ensure that the fundamental British values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the school’s Christian values, ethos and curriculum. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, PSHE and Citizenship lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
The school aims to ensure that children have exposure to a wide experience within and beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown. This may, for example, be through sporting events, educational visits, use of outdoor education centres or attending community events and services. The children’s strong rooted, values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.