In 2014 the Department for Education added its definition of British Values to Ofsted inspection guidance: ‘To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’ Thus ensuring that young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain, and become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat each other with respect.
Through teaching at St Mary’s and embedding of our school values and British Values, our children are encouraged to celebrate their differences and similarities, and the strengths and successes found in each other, as well as in the wider community. We encourage democracy within our school, and use it in the form of voting for house captains.
The Magna Carta (Grand Charter) of 1215 was signed by King John and set out the values of our country. These values where celebrated in 2015 and are followed at St Mary’s.