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.
I just wanted to say that your pupils who have attended swimming for the past two weeks have been a credit to their school. They have walked through perfectly, quietly and have shown great respect to whoever held open a door for them. Several WHA staff have commented to me on their impeccable behaviour.
Mrs K Hester