Hampden Gurney School is committed to working closely and in harmony with its community and celebrating the diversity of the UK. We aim to prepare children for life in modern Britain and to ensure that our school ethos, curriculum and approaches to teaching and learning reflect and promote British values.
We recognise that these values are not exclusive to being British and that they have come to be accepted throughout the democratic world as the method of creating an orderly society in which individual members can feel safe, valued and can contribute to for the good of themselves and others.
We work alongside our local community and recognise the variety of religious beliefs within it. We take children outside the school to take part in local events and meet different members of the community to appreciate the valuable contributions they make.
At Hampden Gurney C of E Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are defined as:
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Emotional ( PSHCE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach the British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our daily collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council. We also actively promote the British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.
At Hampden Gurney School, these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
Democracy – what do we do?
Rule of Law – what do we do?
Individual Liberty – what do we do?
Respect and Tolerance – what do we do?
As part of our daily set up Foundation Stage, pupils are taught the value of individual liberty through self-selecting their learning activities. Pupils are taught about the value of democracy through collaborative decision making, for example, during weekly Parliament time, pupils decide collaboratively what they like to learn the following week. They are learning to tolerate the different faiths and beliefs through their learning of the festivals, cultures and traditions and of other faiths through curriculum activities, stories, visits to special places of worship and religious education.