British Values

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British Values

British Values

At Sandford Hill Primary School we value the diversity of backgrounds of all pupils, families and wider school community. 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”.

The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:

•Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process

•Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England

•Support for equality of opportunity for all

•Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law

•Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs

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

At Sandford Hill Primary School, we actively promote British values in the following ways:


•All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve pupils through the School Council.  Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and pupil surveys.

•The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum as well as during assemblies and special days.  Members of the School Council visit local council chambers as well as the Houses of Parliament. Our School Council is elected by its peers.

•Our new school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils have discussed.

Below are a selection of images taken when our School Council visited The Houses Of Parliament. 

Rule of Law

•Each class follows ‘The School Charter’ which is integral to our every day learning and ethos.

•School rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted.

•Pupils are always helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and on the playground.

•Pupils are encouraged to respect the law. Sandford Hill Primary Schhol enjoys visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, etc. to help reinforce this message. We also enrol children on The Police Cadets course, which is run by our local P.C.S.O.

•The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents and carers.

Individual Liberty

•Within school, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. e.g. by signing up for extra-curricular clubs.

•Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.

•Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our pastoral support reinforces the importance of making the right choices.

•Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching and SEAL lessons.

•Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged.  A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed.  The school also operates a robust system of logging incidents.

•Pupils, who have been elected onto our School Council, have key roles and responsibilities within school.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

•Respect is one of the core values of our school.  The pupils know and understand that respect is shown to everyone.

•Pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.

•Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.

•Through the P.S.H.E. and R.E. curriculum, pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people; including  differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and differences of family situations.

•Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in R.E. and P.S.H.E.


The photographs in the gallery below, were taken when our School Council met and interviewed the local M.P. 




Sandford Hill Primary School
Clayfield Grove
Stoke on Trent

Tel: 01782 235511
Tel: 01782 235518

Headteacher: Mr D Wardle

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