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St Mary's
Church of England Primary School

A learning community dedicated to building
respectful and responsible citizens and empowering all learners.

British Values

Our Vision

'We believe, we achieve, we succeed in God's family.'

Promoting Fundamental British Values

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is "right" and "wrong", all people living in England are subject to its law.

The Key Values are:

  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

British Values at St. Mary's C of E Primary School


Our school has adopted the core values of respect, integrity and responsibility and these underpin our behaviour within school, our application to work and our community (local, national and global). They are integral to our commitment to promote and uphold the Fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect.


Within the school, children are taught to value their own identity and about British Values which give them a sense of belonging and pride in their community.


These values have been interpreted in the following ways:



Democracy is part of our working practice at St Mary’s C of E Primary School.  Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other – respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils have their own voice and are active participants in decisions made such as their class charters.  These are based on a set of abiding principles and adults and pupils work together to decide what it looks like in their class environments.  Later on, in the Autumn Term, once all the pupils have settled back into school, we will be electing our Pupil Parliament members and our Pupil Prayer Group.  These groups are based on pupil votes, demonstrating democracy in action. Voting is also an element of a range of day-to-day activities such as School Council meetings, deciding the chosen charity of the year and how Collective Worship can be improved.


The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our core values are reflected in children’s routines every day. Our behaviour policy, as well as promoting good behaviour and effort, also makes it clear that if rules are broken there are consequences. Children take part in reflecting and identifying how to make amends. Our children are also taught that there are laws to protect us, and when these laws are broken, we are potentially putting ourselves in danger, and could find ourselves in trouble.


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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our assemblies, PSHE and safe internet use procedures.


Mutual Respect

Respect is one of the values that drive our ethos.  We emphasise the right of every child to learn and for every child to have access to quality education. Ensuring that children understand that they need to consider their actions carefully so that they do not detract from learning and therefore impact on their peers’ right to learn.


Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

St Mary’s C of E Primary School enhances pupils’ understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education, P.S.H. E, collective worship, and our bespoke curriculum.  Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. We follow the Essex ExploRE Syllabus at present.  Our pupils are taught that it is important to identify and combat discrimination. In Britain we accept that other people might have different beliefs than ours and that they may believe in different religions. We believe that self-respect and respect for others goes hand in hand. Similarly, being confident about our own faith and culture is a foundation on which to build appreciation of faith and the cultures of other people.