British Values Statement
At St Anne’s Catholic Primary School we are determined to create an inclusive culture of learning where all children will be challenged in their thinking, to achieve to the best of their abilities and strive to become lifelong learners.
We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these.
We will empower our children to become respected citizens to enable them to make valuable contributions locally, globally and to contribute to our world’s sustainable future.
We have a School Council which consists of two members from each class who are nominated and voted for by their classmates. They meet every month to discuss a range of issues with the aim of making our school and the wider community a better place through democratically mandated action. For example recently the children wanted to do something about the dangerous parking situation outside school and devised the wording for our new banner which is displayed outside school. These issues include social and moral elements of school life, such as creating codes of conduct for playtimes and modelling positive behaviours for their peers. The areas for discussion are then fed back to the rest of the class where they can all share their views and thoughts. Where decisions need to be made, each class member has a vote to ensure their opinion is heard.
The Rule of Law
Our School Values of love, tolerance, forgiveness and respect are clearly outlined in our Behaviour Policy, which is also shared with parents and carers. On a daily basis staff live out these Values with their pupils and ensure that the children live out our Values. These Values are revisited regularly through lessons, whole school assemblies, celebration assemblies and our daily collective worships. We ensure that children understand that an ordered community requires core values that knit the people together in harmony. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service etc are regular parts of our school calendar and help reinforce this message.
We encourage our children to make choices and to take chances, knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment where it is safe to make mistakes and to have a go! Through our PSHE lessons and our ethos we discuss different choices they may make and the consequences of those choices. Children are continually encouraged to make “good choices” by all adults working in school and this theme is revisited throughout PSHE and assemblies. We encourage responsible independence by developing leadership qualities from an early age. Children in Year 5 have the responsibility of being buddies to our Reception children and being our Digital Leaders. Year 6 are chosen to be our school prefects and are given key roles of responsibility. Each of our four houses has a ‘House Captain’ and a ‘Vice Captain’. These roles are democratically chosen by our children for children who consistently show they do the right thing and lead by example.
The importance of making safe choices when using the Internet is explored regularly through the computing curriculum and shared with the whole school as part of our annual E-Safety/Anti-Bullying Week.
Our whole school ethos is built around that of mutual respect. We are an inclusive school where everyone is valued and has a contribution to make to the school. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. We routinely challenge the popular notion that people need to earn respect by ensuring that all people deserve respect simply because they are people in our community. Posters around the school and our curriculum promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Currently 48% of our students have languages spoken at home other than English and this we see as a great strength of the school. There are 19 different languages spoken within in our school. All different faiths and beliefs are explored and celebrated through assemblies, RE lessons and a variety of visitors who come into school. The children are taught that people have different faiths and beliefs and that these should be accepted. Children within our school with different faiths are encouraged to share their practices and special celebrations. Parents are invited to share celebrations from a range of faiths with us, including taking part in school assemblies.