British Values

Learning Together, Aiming High, Proud to be Ourselves

John Ray Infant School is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting these values.

We encourage admissions from all those entitled to education under British law regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status.

This statement outlines the key British Values we actively promote. 

Our six Core Values are at the heart of our school and are actively taught throughout the curriculum and in assemblies.  All members of our school community support these values:

  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Fairness

  • Caring

  • Honesty

  • Curiosity


Democracy

  • Children are involved in democratic processes e.g. voting for school councillors.  The School Council plays an important and active role in our school and is decided by secret ballot.
  • The School Council is led by a member of staff and adheres to democratic processes. It consults with other members of the school through Class Councils.

  • Children use the school Code of Conduct as a basis to define the rules within their own classrooms.
The Rule of Law

  • We have a clearly structured behaviour policy which all stakeholders understand and follow. This is underpinned by our school Code of Conduct which provides a clear message to all members of the school community.  “Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible”

  • The curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop moral concepts and values e.g. personal rights and responsibilities, truth, justice, equality of opportunity and right and wrong.
Individual Liberty

  • Children have many opportunities to make choices knowing that they are in a safe and supportive school environment and helping children to develop the sense of community.

  • Children are encouraged to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.

  • E-safety and circle times help them to understand how their choices can affect them

  • There are planned opportunities for children to make individual choices within the curriculum and in extra-curricular activities.

  • Acceptance of those of different faiths and beliefs

  • Our RE Curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures with an emphasis on Christianity as required by the Essex Agreed Syllabus.

  • We teach key celebrations such as Diwali, Eid, Easter and Chinese New Year through assemblies and special days.

  • We encourage children to talk about their own beliefs and listen to those of others within a supportive and non-judgemental setting.

Mutual Respect

  • Our PSHE curriculum embodies values of mutual respect and resilience.

  • Respect is embedded in our school in the relationships between adults, children and between adults and children.

  • Mutual respect is promoted through special responsibilities and reward systems across the school.