At Holy Trinity Primary School we actively promote British Values in order to prepare all children to be responsible and respectful members of the community. We uphold the Fundamental British Values through our own Christian values of Love, Honesty and Respect. We teach our children the importance of perseverance, respect for themselves and others and to take responsibility for their own actions as well as for the world around them. Our children leave our school with a strong sense of self and love for the world they live in.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy; these values are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and a tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Here are some of examples of how the staff and children at Holy Trinity uphold these beliefs.
As part of our Fundamental British Values we take part in many Charity fundraising events throughout the year, please see our Charity Work page for previous and upcoming events.
Pupils have the opportunity to share their views, opinions and suggestions through our School Council. The elections for School Council representatives are based solely on pupil votes. Pupils contribute to school evaluation and development through regular discussions in class and worship.
The Rule of Law
Children are introduced to our school rules from the Early Years, developing an understanding of the importance of laws in a fair and just society. Rules are discussed both in class and during Worship and the concept of fair play is promoted in PE lessons. The importance of rules and laws, whether they are those that govern a class, school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day by adults and pupils alike. Holy Trinity has a clear behaviour policy in place which all adults and children are expected to adhere to.
At the beginning of each academic year the children in each class negotiate a set of class rules. Children understand that they have a responsibility to follow rules, that there are consequences when they are broken and the reasoning behind the need for such laws. Developing the children’s self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence so that they can distinguish right from wrong and respect the civil and criminal law of England is a key value at Holy Trinity.
Children are encouraged to have high aspirations, to make choices and to participate fully in the opportunities that our school offers. Through our new Cornerstones curriculum children are able to make choices of homework tasks. We strive to ensure that children can enjoy and achieve in all aspects of school life regardless of any barriers that they may face. Children are regularly taught strategies to keep themselves safe. For example, PSHCEE and e-safety lessons help to educate the children in how to use their rights to have a positive influence on their own and others’ lives.
At Holy Trinity we want to ensure that children understand how to show respect for themselves, for others and for the rules of the school and society. It is important that our children show respect for all members of their community, including these who are different to them in terms of age, needs, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and culture. We regularly celebrate these differences within PSHCEE lessons and our termly celebration assemblies. Our school operates a buddy system on the playground to ensure that children feel welcomed as a member of the community.
In our multi-cultural school children learn about and celebrate different cultures and faiths through RE lessons and teaching across the curriculum. Opportunities to learn about the lives and beliefs of other cultures and faiths are taught through the whole school Cornerstones curriculum. Worships and Anti-bullying week, for example, are opportunities to address prejudice and its effects on society and individuals.
At Holy Trinity Primary School we aim to develop the children’s ability to show initiative and understand how they can contribute to the wider community. We hope that our children will have the confidence to take risks, assume responsibilities and face the challenges of the future.
At Holy Trinity Primary School, we will actively challenge pupils, staff, parents, Governors or visitors who are expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values.