British Values

The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. The DfE has recently reinforced the need 'to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values.' These are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

As a Church of England primary school, our ethos is based on the values of respect, humility and trust. Our mission statement is "Trust ourselves, trust one another, trust God."

Raughton Head CE Primary School – providing an environment that enables each child to grow to their full potential. As a church school, we aim to achieve this by nurturing the Christian values of Respect, Humility and Trust.

"Treat others as you would wish them to treat you"

We are committed to serving all within our community and local area. In so doing, we reinforce British values regularly and in the following ways:


Democratic values are an explicit part of the ethos at Raughton Head CE School. All adults listen to the views of the pupils and value their opinions. Pupils are taught to listen to and respect the views of others. Pupils have further opportunity to have their voices heard through our School, Sports and Fair trade Councils and pupil questionnaires. Parents also have the opportunity to express their views through questionnaires, representatives on the governing body and our open door policy.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school Collective Worship. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws/rules and that they are there for individual protection as well as the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when law/rules are broken. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Collective Worship, circle time and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong. For more information please see our Behaviour Policy available on the school website.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing their self -esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. They are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education curriculum and PSHE lessons in particular. E-safety teaching enables them to make choices in a safe manner.

Mutual Respect

Our school’s ethos and behaviour policy are based on our Christian values. Our mission statement reinforces this as we strive for our school to be a place where everyone is equally respected and valued. Collective Worship consistently promotes respect for others, acting with kindness as well as the importance of good manners. All pupils are taught the importance of self-respect, honest and open communication with others and fair play. Pupils work collaboratively and value others’ opinions.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

As a Church of England community, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum and the spiritual life of the school. Collective Worship and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.