In 2011, the government set out its definition of British values. They are:
The rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
At St Mary’s we actively promote these values across the school. Our termly collective worship reinforces these values, our curriculum reinforces these values and our whole school ethos reinforces British values.
Rule of Law
We promote respect for individuals, their differences, their strengths.
We help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for their own and other cultures and ways of life.
One of our core Christian values is Respect and through the use of bible stories we teach the children to be respectful in all areas of life.
On school trips children are taught to respect the places they visit and we promote positive behaviour at all times.
We encourage our children to support causes, charities, making them aware of the plight of others around the world and the respect and support they need from us as Christians.
We encourage children to get involved in our local community, whether singing in a care home, playing sport or taking part in a local event like an eisteddfod.
We actively promote diversity through celebrations of different faiths and cultures both in our worship and the curriculum.
We challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
We visit places of worship such as the mosque in Gloucester and Cathedral.
Discuss differences between people, their cultures, faiths, ethnicity, and disabilities.
Visitors are encouraged to share their knowledge of faiths and beliefs to further enhance knowledge and understanding.
We are an outstanding church school and as such have a good grasp of a number of faiths through our study of religion.
At St Mary’s Christian values are central to our school ethos, they help guide and support both pupils and staff. Parents are encouraged to support our values and within these British values play such a big part. We will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist views’. In this way we have developed a safe and secure environment for our children to grow.