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British Values

British Values


At Surrey Street Primary School we value the diversity of backgrounds of all pupils, families and the 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”.



Surrey Street Primary reflects British values in all that we do and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting these values.


We aim to encourage and nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.  


At Surrey Street Primary School, we actively promote British values in the following ways:



In this country, we have democratic rights to allow everyone to have their voice heard and to share their opinions on important matters. Democracy means that we all have a chance to vote for a Prime Minister and Government, and that we can express our views on how the country runs. Democracy is the fairest way to make sure everyone is included.

At Surrey Street Primary School, we ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ and can share in the democratic process. Children are involved annually in voting for their house captains and termly in voting for their class captains. All children are involved in class meetings where they discuss things that are important to them.  Outcomes from these meetings feed into house meetings, which are part of our school’s democratic decision-making process.


The Rule of Law

We all live by and respect the same laws. These keep us safe and are rules for everyone to make our world fair.

At Surrey Street Primary School, children learn about ways of behaviour which are acceptable to the school and the wider community. Children are helped to manage their behaviour and to take responsibility for their actions. Through consistent application of our behaviour policy, children are provided with an environment which helps them to feel safe and secure; this in turn promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.


Individual Liberty

We all have the right to be free people and make our own choices about our lives. Any choices we do make should be thought through carefully and we should consider the effect they might have on other people. Individual Liberty is something that makes our country special and great.

At Surrey Street Primary, the children are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by helping every child to become as independent as possible and to take responsibility for their own learning. Some children take on particular roles, such as house captains, class captains, sports team captains, playleaders or class monitors. They learn that with the rights given to them to perform their roles, there also comes a level of responsibility.


Mutual Respect

Everyone should learn to value the people around them and to appreciate that everyone is different.

At Surrey Street Primary School, everyone is encouraged to support each other and to show each other respect, regardless of ability, gender, heritage or race. One of our school rules, which is embedded in our behaviour policy is ‘to show good manners at all times’.

We also show respect to those in the wider community through our regular charity fundraising.

Through extra-curricular clubs and activities, children are also give more freedom to make choices. 


Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Surrey Street Primary School serves a multi-faith community in which everyone is respected and our similarities and differences are celebrated. We enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs through R.E., P.S.H.E., assemblies, visitors and external visits. Children are encouraged to share with each other the important of their faith and beliefs to them.