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British Values


Promoting Fundamental British Values at St. Mary's Catholic Primary School

In accordance with The Department for Education and our Catholic Faith, we aim to actively promote British Values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.


Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to and protected by its law.

The Key Values are:


  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of Different Faiths, Cultures and Beliefs


How this is done at St. Mary's Catholic Primary School:


A helpful way for children to remember the British Values is to use the thumb and finger model:

        Thumb – Democracy – up or down to give opinion.

        Index finger – Rule of Law - pointing

        Middle finger – Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs – tallest finger pointing to God.

        Ring Finger – Mutual Respect – wedding ring – respect for other people

        Little finger – Individual Liberty – sticks out on its own