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British Values

British Values at St Mary’s

The promotion of ‘British values’ is central to Catholic Education because British Values have their origin in the Christian values of our nation.

Through our Catholic faith, British Values will develop:


  • an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process; 
  • an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
  • an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
  • an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated;
  • an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.



  • Exploring Catholic Social Teaching
  • School Council – 2 class representatives in Years 1 - 6.
  • Responding to pupil voice
  • Debating in class
  • Enterprise Opportunities
  • House Captains


The Rule of Law

  • A clear behaviour policy  
  • Think Safe
  • Fire Service visit
  • RE curriculum - reflecting on what is right and wrong
  • Computing and PSHE Curriculum – E safety, tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse

Mutual Respect

  • Our school values – Unity, Respect, Joy, Love and Courage
  • Our Mission Statement - ‘With Christ at the Centre we show….’
  • Over and Above Board
  • Class recognition boards
  • Year 6 Buddies
  • ELSA
  • Class Charities
  • Celebrating the cultural diversity


Individual Liberty

  • Children are taught to be aware of the choices they make and the impact those choices have on others
  • Through our Catholic Ethos we respect the choices others' make as God has given us the free will to make those choices
  • Studying Catholic Social Teaching - Learn about those who have spoken up for others (Oscar Romero, our House Saints, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela)
  • Fair Trade Fortnight 
  • Opportunities for reflection as children take responsibility to discern their vocation - worship, meditation, Prayer Garden, Rosary Room
  • Participating in Anti-bullying week, E safety week, Remembrance Service, 


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
  • RE is a core subject and we study different world faiths alongside our own faith - Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism
  • Show how Jesus encouraged tolerance in stories such as The Good Samaritan and The Woman at the Well 
  • Recognise religious festivals and celebrations from other faiths within worship as well as across the curriculum