The UK government set out their definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These new regulations will sit alongside the requirements of the Equalities Act, which also applies to all types of school.
All UK schools are expected to focus on, and be able to show, how our work with students is effective in embedding fundamental British values.
We fully support the Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
In St Mary's, students will encounter these principles throughout their every day lives.
In particular, St Mary's promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is clearly set out in our Mission Statement (opens in a new window).
The curriculum is mapped in detail across the whole college in the Subjects section of our website.
Listed below are some examples of how we promote these values in our community:
Pictured: Sixth Form students organise the vote counting during the college election process.
The student voice is clearly heard in St Mary's. Our student-elected COLLEGE COUNCIL plays a strong role in our college life. Student representatives are elected by their class peers and are actively involved in making St Mary's a great place to learn.
A Junior Leadership Team is elected from Sixth Form students.
St Mary's students have significant input in regards to what and how they learn. For example, they can help decide as a class how they would like to learn certain skills in subjects and their comments are used to inform teachers' planning.
As a community, we fully recognise that the formation of the College Council and the active participation of our students will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future.
Our students will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our students to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.
This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. The involvement of students in the creation of the college rules helps them to understand the reasons behind the rules and the consequences if they are broken. Through philosophical enquiry in our philosophy for learning lessons, we allow opportunity to debate and discuss the reasons for laws so that children can recognise the importance of these for their own protection. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, war veterans, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our pupils.
The Four Rights
1. Students have the RIGHT to learn.
2. Teachers have the RIGHT to teach.
3. Everyone has the RIGHT to be safe.
4. Everyone has the RIGHT to respect.
(The Four Rights: As explained to every Year 7 student and parent on joining St Mary's community in our Induction Day handbook.)
We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. In lessons, learning tasks are often left for the individual to decide upon. We encourage students to choose the task that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning.
We offer a range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. Click below for full details.
AFTER COLLEGE CLUBS (opens in a new window)
Through our E-Safety we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely.
E SAFETY (opens in a new window)
At St Mary's we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily life will foster the appropriate values for individual liberty as the children embark upon their adult lives.
Mutual respect is at the core of our college life. The importance of treating each other with respect is constantly reinforced through lessons, assemblies, one-to-one contact and our Catholic ethos.
'We care passionately for each and every child entrusted to us, from the first days of Year 7 to the last days of Sixth Form.
Young people who grow in the sure knowledge that they are valued are then able to take full advantage of the outstanding educational opportunities we provide.
Our Catholic faith is central to this, underpinning everything that we do'.
(Headteacher Mr Tony Boyle)
At St Mary's we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected, in the strong belief that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding.
Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily college life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.
In our Religious Education curriculum in Years 7 to 11, we study all the major world religions.
YEAR 7: HINDUISM
YEAR 8: ISLAM
YEAR 9: JUDAISM
YEAR 10/11: CHRISTIANITY & ISLAM
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT OUR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PAGE.
The Government website EDUCATE AGAINST HATE gives parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalism.
Perhaps no part of St Mary's life could illustrate our commitment to British Values more than our thriving Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, open to all students. Click HERE for St Mary's D of E website.