British Values are embedded in the life of our school through our distinctive Christian Vision and are demonstrated through our core values of compassion, courage, responsibility, respect, forgiveness, humility, truth and fairness.
They are actively promoted through spiritual moral, social and cultural education and reinforced as part of our ambitious curriculum which enables pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attributes that will equip them to contribute positively to life in modern Britain. These values and attributes are promoted and reinforced by all staff within school and used to provide a model of behaviour for our children and wider school community. Our vision is for everyone to set the example in what they say and how they live. The ways in which our school community behaves and treats each other is built upon this Christian vision whilst recognising that many of these guiding principles are also present in other faiths and cultures.
British Values allow pupils to:
To understand right from wrong and to develop an understanding of the civil and criminal law in our country.
To enable pupils to take responsibility for their own actions and play an active, positive part in their communities, and through this, society in a wider way.
To enable pupils to gain an understanding and respect for public institutions in our country.
To understand the importance of tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling pupils to understand and appreciate their own cultures and traditions.
To demonstrate respect for others.
To encourage respect for democracy and an understanding of how this process works in this country.
Democracy is part of our working practice at the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults, and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other – respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. There are opportunities to apply for various positions in school such as to be a member of School Parliament or a House captain, These are carried out in a democratic way and a voting process is carried out.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our values are utilised daily to reinforce how we can live well together. Our behaviour policy, as well as promoting good behaviour and effort, also makes it clear that if rules are broken there are consequences. Our children are also taught that there are laws to protect us, and when these laws are broken we are potentially putting ourselves in danger, and could find ourselves in trouble.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices on a daily basis, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our collective worship, PSHCE, P4C sessions and safe internet use procedures.
Respect is one of the values that underpins our vision. Through the use of learning partners, the children are taught to work in harmony with each another, regardless of differences in attainment or gender or any other perceived bias. We emphasise the right and responsibility of every child to learn. We ensure that children understand that they need to consider their actions carefully so that they do not detract from learning and therefore affect the rights of others to learn.
Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our curriculum offer enhances pupils’ understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies, P.S.H.C.E and collective worships This is further enhanced through carefully planned educational visits and by welcoming parents and visitors from outside the school. As a result of this our pupils gain a good understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. We make every effort to highlight important culturally diverse events as well as the major Christian festivals so that children understand the important of tolerating the faiths of others.
As a whole school community of pupils, staff and governors, Winchcombe Abbey Church of England Primary School aims to uphold these British values in our daily interactions and work with one another to ensure that our pupils leave our school able to take their place within modern Britain.