In June 2014, the Prime Minister emphasised the important role that British values can play in education. Further, how well a school promotes such values is an aspect of Ofsted’s inspection process.
British values are promoted in much of what we do, during school collective worship and class assemblies, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) sessions. British values are also integral to our vision and school values.
As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.
The British values we adopt are not unique to Britain. We acknowledge that they differ in no way from the values of the many countries and the cultural backgrounds represented by families at St Mary Queen of Martyrs.
All staff act as role models of British values which are synonymous with the core Christian values at the heart of the school. Pupils are taught the fundamental British values through outside agencies and through class teaching and discussion. As part of the RE curriculum pupils have had regular visits to local synagogues and mosques.
"St Mary Queen of Martyrs Voluntary Catholic Academy is a highly successful school who we value as a partner in the Schools Direct programme. The outstanding staff at the school mentor, support, train and share their expertise with the trainee teachers. The strong Catholic ethos permeates all that they do - the atmosphere of tolerance, respect, forgiveness and reconciliation provides the students with the ideal conditions for personal, academic and professional development."
C Hardy - Primary School Direct Coordinator