Skip to content ↓

British Values

Fundamental British values


Five key British values are promoted explicitly and implicitly through the curriculum,  the core four values and  Christian ethos of our community school.  

Activities in and out of the classroom allow children to develop socially, morally, culturally, spiritually.

What are the 5 key British values?  

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


Our Hope Community values help us to explore these ideas. Here are some examples of how the school addresses these values:

Democracy: all pupils vote for class representatives to serve on the Pupil Parliament, The International Earth Matters Group or as members of the Lighthouse group. In September, the children also developed their understanding of democracy by selecting a name for the new school bear, who was duly named, "Daniel". 

Each November the school has taken part in Parliamnet week when the children have found out more about democracy. 

                              The Pupil Parliament discuss democracy with James Brokenshire, MP

The Rule of Law: pupils have class contracts in place to be Ready, Respectful and Safe for learning.  These contracts of being Ready, Respectful and Safe form the  foundations of how we all engage with each other. Pupils have been developing their understanding of why schools have rules and these can help us to show mutual respect to others, whilst supporting individual liberty and allowing us all to stay safe. When children make poor choices or have disagreements a restorative justice approach is used to enable children to consider what happened, who was hurt, and what needs to be done now to restore the relationship. 

Individual Liberty: children explore their rights and those of others through stories in RE, Geography, History and Collectives. Children are also encouraged to understand the link between rights and responsibilities. 

Mutual Respect:

relationships with members of the school community are modelled on the school's four key values of openness, creativity, adventure, excellence and the Christina ethos, that we should love one another. This ethos is also the basis of how we treat and consider others beyond our school walls. The way children support and consider other people's needs is exemplified through their prayer life, Collectives and charity events. Children also explore this through literature, such as the story of The Rainbow Fish.

During the summer of 2020 children considered what the Black lives matter campaign was about and why it was set established. Children considered how they could show respect for others. 

In October, as part of Black History Month, the lives of both Mary Seacole and Martin Luther King will be  explored and even though they were not always shown respect, they served the needs of others.

November 2020 Anti bullying week 

Anti bullying week will start with Odd socks day to remind us all that we are unique and treasured by God. We will discuss how we can show each other that we are all valued and make an important contribution to the Hope School Community.  

Stephen Lawrence day.

On the 22nd April 2021 the School will mark the annual Stephen Lawrence day. This was an opportunity for us all consider how we show each other respect and treat others equally and fairly. 

Children looked at the life of Stephen Lawrence, what he gave to others as a friend and the talents he shared with others in his short life.  Children considered their own talents and how they could show respect for others regardless of their personal characteristics.

The story of Stephen Lawrence reminded us all of the tragic consequence that hatred and disrespect can have on the lives of individuals

Prince Phillip a role model for Respect

As part of a school focus on British values the children have learned about the life of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. They discovered he was a role model to us all in the way he served and showed respect to others.

Ready, Respectful and Safe

Across the school children are encouraged to show respect for themselves and others, be ready to learn and to keep themselves and others safe.

Children explored how they can best show others respect in school and how they could react if something went wrong.

Tolerance of those with different faiths: children show their respect for others as they learn more about others in areas such as RE, Geography, History, and PSHE and many stories children come across.