Sherston C of E

Primary School

Learning, Caring and Achieving Together

British Values Statement

Sherston C of E Primary School is required under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 to promote the spiritual, moral, mental and physical development of pupils. As of November 2014, schools also need promote fundamental British values as part of the school curriculum.


Sherston School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the UK. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.


It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Sherston School is dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils.


The DfE has suggested that pupils are taught about fundamental British values during their spiritual, moral and cultural (SMSC) learning. Pupils are expected to display knowledge of the fundamental aspects of British values. The government has outlined their expectations, stating that pupils should:


  • Understand the democratic process and how citizens can have a say in decision making.
  • Recognise the advantages to living under the rule of law and how law is essential for a safe society.
  • See that there is a separation of power and why it exists.
  • Understand the reasons for accountability of institutions and why courts maintain independence.
  • Know why freedom of religion protects all faiths, as well as those with no faith.
  • Accept that people who hold different religious beliefs should be tolerated and not be discriminated against.
  • Value the importance of identifying and combatting extremism.


Sherston School does not have to promote or teach any particular belief, view or way of life that contradicts our outlook or ethos; however, we will not promote discrimination, or accept intolerance against people or groups, on the basis of their belief, opinion or background.




Democracy is promoted by:


Pupils voting for School Council members

Classes voting for their whole class rewards

Circle time (KS1 & KS2)

Debating (KS2)

Voting for stories

Pupil Voice


The rule of law


The Rule of Law is promoted through:


The School Behaviour promises

The School Behaviour Policy

The Life Bus

L4L (Learn for life)

Classroom Dojo points

Individual freedom


Individual Freedom is promoted by:


The School Behaviour policy

The Golden Book

Pupil Voice

RE Curriculum

PSHEE Curriculum

Mutual respect


Mutual Respect is promoted by:


Topic based curriculum

Individual themed weeks (Black History Week / Sports Week etc)

RE Curriculum

School Values (Friendship, Respect, Forgiveness, Perseverance, Reverence)

Behaviour Policy



Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted by:


RE Curriculum

School Values

Topics (Diwali day)

HOPE work (anti-hate crime project)

Friendship week

Identifying radicalisation


Identifying Radicalisation:


PSHE / circle times

Worry boxes

Positive relationships between pupils and staff

Buddy system

Y6 RE curriculum

PREVENT trained staff