Core Values Underlying British Identity

At St. Andrew’s we take take opportunities to actively promote British Values, defined by the government as the following:

• Democracy
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Democracy:
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil Questionnaires and surveys.

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.

Individual Liberty:
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, for example, by choosing to participate in our various extra-curricular clubs

Mutual Respect:
The school ethos, values and aims promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices supported by learning in RE and PSHE.

Christian Values
As a church school, Christian values underpin our ethos. Our school vision statement ‘Together we love life, learning and God’ and our core values ‘Love, Courage and Friendship’ permeate all areas of school life. We promote the Christian values of:

  • Reverence and Wisdom
  • Thankfulness and Humility
  • Endurance and Service
  • Peace and Forgiveness
  • Compassion and Friendship
  • Trust
  • Justice
  • Hope
  • CreationKoinonia

On a more general level, the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold Christian values. These are also taught within formal PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days.

Evidence of our commitment to British values

  • Year 5&6 ‘Games Makers’ support younger children at lunchtimes
  • We have an elected school council with representatives from Y2-Y6
  • We have a House Team system and the children elect house captains
  • Our broad and balanced curriculum teaches elements of democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths
  • We make visits to different places of worship
  • We welcome visitors from other faiths
  • Parents and children sign a ‘home school agreement’
  • Each class has a ‘class agreement’

We recognise and celebrate important events, for example

  • The Olympics
  • The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
  • The Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilees
  • Remembrance Sunday
  • St. George’s Day with children from uniformed organisations
  • St. Andrew’s Day

Links to IPC topics

Our International Primary Curriculum enables children to make links within their community and the wider world. For example:

KS1

  • Time Travellers: Significant Places
  • Let’s Celebrate: Celebrations Around the World
  • People of the Past: Significant People
  • Our World: The Enviroment
  • Time Detectives: Finding out about the Past
KS2

  • They Made a Difference: Significant People
  • Different Places Similar Lives: Similarities & Differences
  • Explorers and Adventurers: Exploring Our World
  • Listen to Us: Voices Around the World
  • Living Together: Community
  • Young Entrepeneurs: Money & Trade