Ashfield Valley Primary School

British Values

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British Values Statement
Ashfield Valley Primary School is committed to serving its community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom.

We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world.   We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.

British Values

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

We use strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for pupils.  

The principle of democracy is consistently reinforced at Ashfield Valley, for example elections to the school council, and in the wider community or discussions of general elections and US presidential elections as they occur. The principle of democracy is explored in the history, RE and RHE curriculum, as well as in assemblies.

The Rule of Law
The rule of law is enshrined in school life as pupils are taught to distinguish right from wrong and are taught the school’s rules and expectations.  They are also taught the consequences of breaking school rules.

Individual Liberty
Pupils are encouraged to make independent choices, and to take responsibility for these choices.   The staff provide secure boundaries for pupils to make informed choices in a safe environment.   School staff guide and support pupils in making good choices.

Mutual Respect
Respect is one of the core values of the school.   Pupils know that it is expected and that respect is shown to everyone, both adults and children.  They learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.  Staff act as role models of respect.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Children are taught to respect all religions and beliefs. The school takes pupils to visit a variety of places of worship. The school ensures that the staff role-model positive attitudes towards visits, for example, by ensuring that Muslim staff accompany church visits, and non-Muslim staff accompany mosque visits.