British Values

British Values

St Marie’s is very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values, preparing our pupils for success in Modern Britain. Each and every child is developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience, building self- esteem. In supporting our pupils to play a full and meaningful role in society these values are promoted through our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Curriculum.

At St Marie’s we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values, defined as

  • Democracy

  • Individual Liberty

  • Mutual Respect

  • Rule of Law

  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

These values are also taught through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE) and Religious Education.

British Values are actively promoted though our whole school assemblies and whole school systems such as Golden Time. Promoting British Values means challenging our pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including extremist views.


This is an important value at our school, pupils regularly have the opportunity to have their voices heard through school council elections and session. Our children will also be voting for the role of prefects to support all the children across the school.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules, whether school, country or class are consistently reinforced through regular school days. Our behaviour policy is clear and demonstrated in every classroom with the children understanding the rewards and consequences of their behaviour. Pupils are taught the value and reason behind laws, that they govern and protect us. Visits from authorities such as Police, Fire Service and ambulance support our school in promoting this during various times in the year e.g: Autumn Term for Firework safety.

Individual Liberty.

Pupils are encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely through the provision of a safe environment and curriculum.

Pupils understand their personal rights and freedoms, with advise given on how to exercise these safely – eg; E-safety. Pupils are given the choice to sign up for extra curricular activities and partake in local community activities through Junior Achievement award.

Mutual Respect

Our ethos and behaviour policy are based around the core Christian Values; Responsibility and respect. These values determine how we live as a community at St Marie’s.

Themed weeks for Anti-Bullying give pupils the opportunities to demonstrate a commitment to mutual respect. Our charity work and links with the local community helps in teaching mutual respect.

Children and adults alike including visitors are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way.

Tolerance of those Different Faiths and Beliefs

Through our Come and See Programme (RE) children explore, engage and are enriched in their tolerance of the different faiths and beliefs that shape our country. Through our Christian values of respect we support our children’s learning of these beliefs with visits to various religious buildings and invite speakers from the community to be involved in the learning of their own beliefs. Through our Multicultural week we will support our childrens learning and develop their understanding with an accurate and truthful account of different faiths and beliefs.

Children and adults alike are challenged if they disrespectful to different faiths and beliefs in any way.