Our British Values

Shinfield St Mary’s Church of England Junior School is committed to the enrichment of our children’s lives by guiding them with our Christian, British values. We value the diversity and differences of all our pupils and celebrate this through our culture, ethos, approach to lessons and the respectful relationships we promote. Commitment to and celebration of our diversity makes us collectively stronger, tolerant and respectful to all.

In Year 6, pupils undertake a topic about World War 2 and its impact upon our society, then and now. Poppy Day is commemorated and a minute’s silence
is observed. Armed Forces Day is promoted, although this falls in the summer holidays. Throughout the school a number of influential people are studied – such as Shakespeare, Roald Dahl, Florence Nightingale, Grace Darling and Mary Seacole who are studied by pupils in both History and Literature (Biography).

Children are introduced to the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The children hold elections for a range of positions in school including School Council and House Captains. They are elected to represent the school and the collective views of their year groups. At School Council meetings children invite people in to seek clarity/further information. This has included the School Cook, Governors and the Headteacher.

The School has very positive relations with the local Community including the Police and the Church, as well as the other schools in our community, regularly taking part together in musical events as well as competitive and non-competitive sporting ones, in a spirit of camaraderie and welcome challenge.
Recently events such as the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the birth of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the Golden Jubilee were all celebrated in school.

We undertake daily acts of collective worship, in which we regularly focus upon the values of respect, tolerance, empathy, trust and loyalty. These are also taught through our SMSC (PSHE) curriculum, as well as R.E. lessons throughout the year.

In our recent SIAMs inspection, it was noted that our governors are:
‘A cohesive and harmonious group, they are clear about the importance of the Christian ethos and values and have appointed the new head on this basis. Governors now have the confidence to challenge leadership over expected levels of attainment and progress and rigorous target setting and tracking systems have led to the significant recent improvements in school performance. All in leadership fully endorse the school’s overtly Christian mission statement and policies all start with it; these have been reviewed to ensure consistency with Christian values….

RE has a high profile in the school’s overall curriculum and is seen as a way of reinforcing the school’s values and of teaching global awareness.

The school is clearly and overtly based on Christian values and the school’s mission statement which talks of everyone being ‘precious in God’s sight’ is prominent on the school website.’