Our Christian and British Values
“The first of all the commandments is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Our Christian values are at the heart of all we do in school. Alongside our British values, they shape our ethos, provide a template for our life together in our school community and are the focus for our daily act of worship. We believe that if everyone follows these values they will grow up to become model citizens in modern Britain.
We have adopted core Christian values which run through our school. Each half-term we consider one value in particular depth and this is a constant presence when working and living with one another in school. These core values are:
The DfE place “a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At our school we teach and reinforce these values. Please see how below.
- The school council is elected via a democratic process – the children vote for their class representatives.
- Staff support the school council to adhere to democratic processes.
- Individual children are elected to positions of responsibilities e.g. eco monitors, library council members.
- Our children are given a voice through discussions and questionnaires on what works well in school and what could be improved.
- The Worship Leaders review and canvas opinions on collective worship.
- Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school. e.g. School Council, Buddies, Y6 Ambassadors.
- Within school, we actively encourage pupils to make informed choices knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- Christian values are embodied in all that we do and encourage individual choice and responsibility
- Children are encouraged to give their opinion and to share their ideas with due regard for the feelings of others.
- Extra-curricular activities allow all individuals to “take part” and be involved, including trips out of school and residential visits.
Rule of Law
- Children are taught to understand the importance of rules both in school and the local and wider community
- Our collective worship and focus on Christian values enhance an appreciation of right and wrong
- Through our behaviour system children are encouraged to put right what they have done wrong.
- Children are aware of the impact of not following the rules – the expectations, boundaries and the consequences.
- Celebration assemblies, team point competition and ‘golden table’ (best lunchtime manners) recognise and reward children who respond best to school expectations.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
- All staff actively promote an attitude of equality and fairness.
- Our buddies support younger children at playtimes.
- Collective worship is based on ‘Christian Values which are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school.
- Our RE curriculum, including Collective Worship, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
- We are linked with Miriam Lord School in Manningham, Bradford – a large school with an intake which is almost exclusively Muslim. School councils have exchanged visits and are planning a joint DEKI investment project.
- We are also linked with JC van der Waal School in Maarssen, Holland. They organise a residential trip to our school every year, giving pupils opportunities to learn about another European country.