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Promoting British Values at St Ippolyts School

At St Ippolyts Primary School we are committed to serving our community and preparing our pupils for their futures. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom as a whole. We also understand the vital role we play in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

We follow equal opportunities ensuring that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.

Our school is dedicated to preparing our children for their adult life beyond formal education and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British Values to all our children.

The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools and set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent strategy.

The five British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At St Ippolyts School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a School Council with members voted on by their peers. The council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by their class and to suggest and implement improvements and initiatives. The Chair of Governors often attends this meeting along with The Headteacher or Assistant Headteacher.  Each year we ask the children through an annual questionnaire to put forward their views about the school and their suggestions can influence elements of the School Development Plan. Pupils can nominate their peers for the weekly Award Badges and regularly have the opportunity to vote for matters within their own class.   

Upper Key Stage Two children learn about democracy and politics through current affairs topics for example at the time of General Elections in Britain, significant elections in other parts of the world and at other key moments, such as Referendums.    

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the regular school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through our values based Collective Worship. Our School Code of Conduct, devised collaboratively by all members of the school community, provides the agreed base for all our expectations regarding behaviour and conduct.

Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.  Upper Key Stage Two children have a ‘Law Lesson’ which gives them the opportunity to experience a mock court hearing provided by a real magistrate.

Individual Liberty

Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for children to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment. The children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and Personal, Social, Citizenship & Health Education (PSCHE) lessons. Children are given opportunities to make choices, whether it is a learning challenge, how they record their learning or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs.

Mutual Respect

Our school ethos is based on Christian Values which creates an environment of mutual respect for all.  Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Adults throughout the school model, demonstrate and promote respect for others as do older children who have suitable, age related, tasks and responsibilities and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

St Ippolyts School places great emphasis on promoting diversity within our community. We are a Church of England school and our Collective Worship is based on Christian Values and key elements of the Anglican tradition. Our RE curriculum is carefully planned to include stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures and includes opportunities for discussion and debate relating to these, including the views and ideas of those with no faith. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and across the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

At St Ippolyts we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values.

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