Our British Values

Our British Values

BRITISH VALUES

The DfE reinforce the need for 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 definition of these values is set out in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

At St Wilfrid's, we actively promote these values and challenge any opinions and behaviours that are contrary to or undermine them.  We foster an environment where there is mutual respect, tolerance and democracy, and where the rule of law and individual freedom are respected. The values are embedded across all areas of learning and school life and help to nurture the development of the whole child, in preparation for future life in modern Britain. 

We aim to help pupils understand the role of British values in society and this is done in the following ways:

DEMOCRACY

The democratic process is very important to school life and pupils are given the opportunity to voice their opinions within class discussions, through the election of different pupil candidates, pupil surveys and interviews with the senior leadership team.  We strive to involve all stakeholders in decision making processes and regularly seek the involvement of the whole school community including all staff, parents and governors. 

TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS AND MUTUAL RESPECT

As a Christian school, our strong ethos and behaviour policy reflect the Christian value of Respect for all. Our rich and reflective Religious Education curriculum seeks to promote an understanding of different faiths and beliefs, through high quality teacher led discussions, exploration of varied artefacts and resources and opportunities to visit different places of worship and receive visitors from different faith communities. 

At our school, we provide a caring environment where respect for each other is key within the relationships between all stakeholders. 

THE RULE OF LAW

We reinforce the importance of laws and rules to ensure a firm understanding of good behaviour both in the classroom and beyond. Our Christian values help us to promote good life choices and enable children to understand the difference between right and wrong. Our consistent behaviour policy and system allow pupils to comprehend what is expected of them and provide sanctions and rewards. Regular visits from outside agencies eg the Police and Fire Services also show pupils how our British rules can help to keep them safe. 

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe, supportive and caring, Christian environment. The education and boundaries we provide, prepare children to make the right choices, for example in terms of e safety or through bodies like the Pupil Parliament, where pupil opinion and discussion can shape school life.  Pupils are given the freedom to choose from a variety of extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning, as well as the option to enter competitions, organise events to support different charities and plan and lead assemblies.