British Values

British Values

Promoting British Values at The Federation of St Mary’s Catholic Schools

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce 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.”

First and foremost we recognise that our role as a Catholic school is to uphold our Catholic values and our mission statement that:

‘As the family of Jesus, we learn and love together.’

The Values we want everyone to show at St Mary's are:





Patience and Tolerance



We use this as our basis for all that we do at St Mary’s and ensure British Values are entwined in this.

At St Mary’s these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:



Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard, through our School and Eco Councils. Each child votes for a representative in each class, from years 1-6. The children elect someone who they feel will represent their own and their classes’ views. The School Council have been involved in purchasing equipment for both the Infant and Junior schools, interviewing Head Boy and Head Girl nominees amongst lots of other opportunities. Children are also involved in the elections of House Captains which are based solely on pupil votes after weeks of rigorous campaigning.


The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, etc. are a part of our calendar and help reinforce this message.


Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. We advise on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and circle time.


Mutual Respect:

At the heart of our Gospel teachings from Jesus Christ is:

‘To love one another as I have loved you’.

This is at the core of our school and we expect all to adhere to this, regardless of their background, faith, or race. Everyone is treated with respect in our school. Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.  Another value we promote is ensuring that we focus on ‘Manners and Politeness’ towards everyone in our school.


Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

 This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Through our R.E. curriculum, we teach different religions twice a year. Through this, each year group works on different aspects of other faiths and may have visitors or trips related to this.