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British Values

British Values

We are proud to be a British school offering the English National curriculum.  Our work as a British school runs through all that we do and often complements our work as a Catholic School.  We look forward to moments when we can celebrate British traditions, from our MacMillan Coffee Mornings to events where we celebrate our Royal Family, the richness of our language, the success of British athletes and notable people in British society.

The core British values for schools are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance

We promote democracy by:

  • ensuring that all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to
  • we demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as our school council whose members are voted for by the pupils; 
  • we use opportunities such as general or local elections to hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view
  • allowing pupils to vote for house captains
  • ensuring all pupils are listened to by adults
  • inviting MPs and other speakers to the school
  • visiting parliament each year,
  • through assemblies and our work with the Sutton local council, the Mayor of London and TFL.

Rule of Law

  • creating “class rules”
  • having a clear behaviour policy that is explained to all
  • organising visits from the Met police service to reinforce the message of right and wrong
  • highlighting the rules of the Church and God in the RE curriculum, for example the 10 commandments and the Precepts of the Church

Individual Liberty

  • we encourage students to be independent in their learning, to develop a strong metacognition
  • provide students with opportunities for reflection as they take responsibility to discerning their vocation

Mutual respect

  • we have an inclusive mission statement that is inclusive
  • constantly promoting respect for others
  • reinforcing the value of everyone’s opinions in class debates
  • we have an effective anti-bullying policy
  • we emphasise in RE and PSCHE lessons that every person is unique and “created in the image of God”
  • we have active educational links with other schools
  • we support charitable works at a local, national and international level

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

  • Religious Education provides pupils with a deep understanding of their own faith as well as awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities as a basis for understanding and respecting them
  • Jesus encouraged tolerance in stories such as The Good Samaritan and The Women at the Well, we use the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ to illuminate our work in tolerance

We work with families new to the school to explain our school system and support new entrants to the school both academically and emotionally as they become accustomed to British life.

At St. Cecilia's Catholic Primary School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in all circumstances and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. To read more about our commitment to safeguarding please view our safeguarding policy.