Ethos and British Values

The following British values were set out in 2011 in the government’s Prevent Strategy, which was designed to prevent extremism and the religious radicalization of young people:

  • democracy,
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At Prendergast School we recognise the importance both of students’ academic achievement and their development spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, to ensure they are fully prepared for life in British society and for their role as citizens, able to make the strongest possible contribution to society.

We promote British values through subject teaching and through the wider curriculum including assemblies, tutor time activities, enrichment (extra-curricular) activities, educational visits and Personal Health and Social Care (PHSE) drop down days. At Prendergast we are our motto – Truth, Honour, Freedom and Courtesy underpins the school ethos and forms the basis for the success of our learning community

The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at Prendergast School and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.

Democracy

We develop students’ understanding of democratic decision-making through the study of History and PHSE. Debating is a popular extra-curricular activity teaching students the skills needed to construct evidence-based arguments to influence opinion. The school council gives students the opportunity to debate issues to reach consensual or majority decisions about proposals to impact on students across the school.

The Rule of Law 

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, our school, or the country, are reinforced each day through the consistent and fair application of the behaviour policy, as well as through assemblies and tutor time activities. The curriculum is designed to ensure students are taught the values and reasons behind laws, how laws govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Individual Liberty 

Students are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety in computing and their tutor time activities.

Mutual Respect 

The school actively promotes respect for others which is reinforced through all lessons and enrichment activities such as sport. Students actively support charities and recognise the benefits of charity work to both the recipients and to the students themselves as members of a school, local, national and global community.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Students have subject and extra-curricular opportunities to develop positive values, to understand their own beliefs and their place in a culturally diverse school and society. All students who join the school sign a home-school agreement which reinforces the value of our diverse learning community. Students experience a connection with other cultures and beliefs through our RE and PHSE curriculum. The emphasis on working with others, learning other languages and supporting charities contributes directly to the appreciation of others’ perspectives on life.