At St James’ CE Aided Infant School we aim for our children to become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. We promote the basic British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs in the following ways:
We have a School Council with members from Year One and Year Two. These children are voted for by their class. The Council meets regularly and in the meetings the children’s views and ideas on a range of school issues are sought and they help make decisions. They collect class views which they bring to their meetings and are involved in fund raising for the school.
The Rule of Law
Children are taught from the beginning the rules of the school. Pupils are taught the value of, and reasons behind, our school rules, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken. Each class agrees its own class rules at the beginning of the academic year.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Making choices is key part of the school vision, which children learn about through assemblies and PHSE work. Through our work we discuss different choices that the children can make and encourage them to make the right choices. We look at E-safety as a key part of the ICT curriculum and the importance of making safe choices when online.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. We are an inclusive school where everyone is valued and has a contribution to make to the school. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Our Christian values of Friendship, Thankfulness, Forgiveness and Trust support our aim to respect all members of our school and wider community.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
The children are taught that people have different faiths and beliefs and that these should be accepted and respected. Children within our school with different faiths are able to talk about their practices and special celebrations.