British Values Statement

At Cubitt Town we are incredibly proud of the diversity of our community in which people from a wide range of backgrounds and faiths work and learn together in harmony. We aim to reflect core British values in all that we do, helping our children to develop into caring, tolerant and responsible adults who will grow into active citizens and contribute positively to British society and the world.

The Department for Education states that there is a need:

“To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.

The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:

  • Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
  • Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
  • Support for equality of opportunity for all
  • Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
  • Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs

At Cubitt Town we actively promote these fundamental values in the following ways:


  • Children actively take part in annual elections to select a school council, prefects, sports leaders and digital champions. 

  • A number of children take on these roles of responsibility and act as representatives for their classmates, contributing to whole school decision making
  • The concept of democracy is explored in different areas of our curriculum, from historical perspectives in humanities to modern explorations of democracy in PSHE
  • Every summer term every child in the school takes part in a democracy week, including hands-on learning about democracy, school trips and Q&A sessions with elected representatives

Rule of Law

  • Our school rules are clear and consistent, with children taught to know the difference between right and wrong through lessons and assemblies

  • Pupils are encouraged to obey the law and we invite members of the police force to visit and discuss specific issues that are relevant to our community
  • Every classroom has a unique class charter made in collaboration with the children based on positive behaviours
  • Our PSHE curriculum includes content on why we have laws in this country and the importance of the rule of law

Individual Liberty

  • In school children are given a lot of freedom to make choices for themselves. For instance what they eat at lunchtime, who they play with and which after school clubs they sign up for
  • In history we study great historical figures who have fought for freedom. In Key Stage One we look at 'great changemakers' from the past and our older children look in more depth at the suffragettes, the Battle of Cable Street and modern day campaigners
  • We have a strong anti-bullying culture and a robust tracking system of any prejudicial language for which we have a zero-tolerance policy
  • One of our School 6C values is Care and we emphasize the responsibility we all have to look after one another

Mutual Respect and Tolerance for those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

  • Children regularly visit different places of worship on school trips and we invite religious leaders into school to discuss their faith 
  • Through the PSHE and RE curriculum pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
  • Members of our community have contributed to the creation of our PSHE curriculum with a strong emphasis on tolerance and acceptance of other viewpoints and ways of life.
  • Any prejudicial or discriminatory language and behaviour is immediately addressed in collaboration with parents and carers
  • We aim to celebrate diversity and difference throughout the year. This includes celebrating the festivals of all major religions as well as important national and international periods of celebration (eg Remembrance Day, Children's Mental Health Week, Black History Month etc)
  • Alongside special events, we also provide a culturally rich and diverse curriculum, with children studying a range of significant people, historical events and regions of the world.