British values statement

At Friarage, we are fortunate that our pupils, their families and our staff represent a diverse range of home backgrounds.

The Department for Education states that there is a need:

“To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.

Our school reflects British values in all that we do.  We nurture our pupils on their journey through life so they grow in to caring, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the wider world. We encourage them to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and others in our school, our local community and beyond.

How we promote British values

  • Children’s election to the school council
  • Assemblies
  • Questionnaires

We have a clear positive behaviour policy which helps pupils to make good choices about their behaviour.

Pupils are helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and in the playground. This is supported by a Restorative practice approach.

Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and Friarage enjoys visits from services such as the Police, Fire and local police support staff  to help reinforce the message.

At school, pupils are encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment, e.g. challenging themselves in their learning.

Pupils are taught to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms in a safe way. They have key responsibilities in school like being a Respect ambassador or Play leader.

Respect, Tolerance, Trust, Working as a team are our core values. Pupils understand that respect is shown to everyone, both adults and children. We help them to develop an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures.

Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. People from different faiths are invited to school to share their experiences in assemblies and in class. Through the PSHE and RE curriculum pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences and similarities between people and faiths.

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“I love science because I enjoy working practically. Our school has a great gardening club which I help to run. We won an award last year. “

Aaron, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“I have learned how to do ratio and proportion using the bar model method. I love the CUC programme because I am much speedier at times tables facts now. “

Leah, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“My great-grandma and great grandad were in the WW2. Great grandad fought and great grandma made bullets. This is why I love learning about history and the past. “

Michael, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“I love art because I can explore different concepts. You can learn to portray different shapes and anatomy when you draw or paint. I want to be a graphic artist when I grow up”

Evie, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“I love basketball and table tennis because you can earn medals for effort. We don’t win at football because we don’t have a field to practise on but I don’t mind because I love football anyway. “

Ehan, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“I like this school. I have learnt to speak English quickly; I have learned English in 10 months. “

Mirra, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“I love to read because it helps me to get ideas in my head which I can use in my own writing. “

Jessica, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“Writing and maths are my best lessons. I like to get my punctuation and grammar right. I also like table tennis club after school because my skills are getting better and better. “

Jayden, Pupil Voice

What our children say in Year 5 and 6: –
“I got really good at decimals today and bit by bit, I am getting better. I like to look after our environment and I do litter picking at play and lunchtimes. “

Hazel, Pupil Voice