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Woodside Primary School

Believe, Achieve, Succeed

British Values





In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We promote these values through our mission statement, own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.


Mission Statement: Believe, Achieve, Succeed.





  • Each year we elect house captains, school council and eco council members
  • Our School council , encourage children to speak up about issues that are worrying them or things that they would like improved in the school.
  • Democracy is promoted through PSHE lessons, circle times and assemblies

The rule of law

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour policy. 
  • We encourage children to follow the values intrinsically, rather than always rewarding good behaviour.  Consistent demonstration of our values is  recognised through such things as house points and shining stars assembly.
  • The Rule of Law is promoted through our school  assemblies, circle time and PSHE
  • Children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult. We promote the use of restorative justice so children have the opportunity to reflect on what they have done and the effect of their actions on others.
  • Year 6 attend a junior citizens programme where they have talks and are provided with activities from various emergency services as well as finding out about keeping safe in public
  • Police workshops with year 5 and 6 about knives and the law and keeping safe. 

Individual liberty

  • Through our school values and the PSHE programme, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.
  • They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their

interests in sport, art, music etc. through the choice of clubs that we provide. 

  • PSHE has specific units relating to individual liberty including “Dreams and Goals, Celebrating Differences and relationships units”
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including through e-safety. This is implemented through the computing and wider curriculum.
  • Pupil voice is encouraged and children’s opinions are valued. Every child is given the opportunity to talk through the school council, Ivy Parliament, Eco council and opportunities to talk to SLT and governors on a regular basis.  

Mutual respect

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality policy.
  • Through our school’s values, PSHE, R.E and circle

time, children are taught to respect each other, to be co-operative, collaborative and supportive. The

children are also encouraged to look for similarities as well as being understanding of any differences.

  • Mutual respect is also promoted through assemblies.
  • We raise money for various charities over the school year. Some of these include, Comic relief, Children in need, the local foodbank

Tolerance of different faiths and


  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality policy.
  • We follow the Hertfordshire County Council Agreed Syllabus for Religious education, covered through the Discovery RE scheme,  where children explore different beliefs and have the opportunity to discuss similarities and differences between the different faiths.
  • Our Assemblies follow the main religious festivals of the year, taking into account the main religions as well as those followed by members of our community.
  • We have close links with the local church, but also invite parents and community members of different faiths to come and talk with the children about their beliefs. 

British Values Links to Jigsaw PSHE Scheme