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British Values Statement

See our recent SIAMS Inspection report here: Paulerspury Inspection Report Oct 2016


British Values Statement 2016/17

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6 [RSV]

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Matthew 22:36-40 [NRSV]

“Fundamental British Values are the attributes that have, in this century and the last, made our country one of the greatest forces for good. They’re the values that bind us together, that mean despite the many differences in our patchwork nation, we’re united as one people.”

Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary, January 2015


In a press release on 27 November 2014 The Department for Education introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively, ensuring they are taught in schools.

The Church of England sees its church schools “as being at the centre of its mission to the nation”. Every church school, therefore, will have the support of the clergy and foundation governors in their local parish who will work in partnership with the Headteacher and staff to develop and promote the school’s Christian foundation.

Without seeking to preach, Church of England schools will make no apology for offering a spiritual and moral basis for the education they provide and each school will have a set of Christian values which underpin the curriculum, all school policies as well as the work of the governing body.

In Church of England schools the Local Agreed Syllabus for RE will be followed; additionally we use material on teaching aspects of the Christian faith published by Jumping Fish. Collective Worship in a Church of England school follows the pattern of the Anglican church year and we use the Values for Life material.

At Paulerspury CEVC Primary School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We value the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country.

The Five British Values

  1. Democracy
  2. The rule of law
  3. Individual liberty
  4. Mutual respect
  5. Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school and linked to our Christian values already embedded within school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts. Our creative curriculum approach provides excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding developing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children. Loving and valuing everyone is a central element of Christian behaviour and is at the heart of the life of the school.

Our school is a place where we learn how to love God, one another and ourselves. This is achieved through collective worship, Religious Education and the application of Christian Values to relationships within and beyond the school. We strive to nurture among everyone a real sense of purpose of who we are in the world and how special and unique we are in the eyes of God.

Our Christian Values, chosen during the 2015/16 academic year through consultation with pupils, parents, church representatives, governors and staff, are:

  1. Care,
  2. Courage,
  3. Creativity,
  4. Forgiveness,
  5. Honesty,
  6. Hope
  7. Perseverance,
  8. Respect,
  9. Responsibility,
  10. Thankfulness; and,
  11. Trust.

We focus on one of our Christian Values each month of the school year.

We strive to nurture among everyone a real sense of purpose of who we are in the world and how special and unique we are in the eyes of God. We aim to be a family where all are appreciated and respected and we endeavour to inspire children to create a better world through thoughtful respect and tolerance. Through our Christian Values we engage children in learning that helps them be respectful towards others and be aware of their feeling, emotions and beliefs. We are an inclusive school as we support admissions from all those entitled to education under British law regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, academic ability, political or financial status.

We develop children’s knowledge, understanding, and awareness of Christianity, as the predominant religion in Great Britain, and of the other principal religions represented in this country.

Our curriculum threads SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) across all areas of learning and school life and ensures pupils are aware of the history and values of Britain and prepares pupils for life in modern Britain.


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