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Our British Values

As seen on a previous page the school has seven fundamental values that underpin all our work. However in addition, from November 2014 the Government asked that all schools promote what it considered British values. Below is our interpretation of that guidance and how they are lived out at Farnsfield St Michael’s.



What are the British Values?

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs



Britain is a democracy – this means that the people in Britain vote for the people who make the laws and decide how the country is run. If we didn’t have a democracy, just one person might be able to make all the laws and that would not be fair.


The rule of the law

In Britain, we have a police force who make sure people do not do the wrong thing and break the law – this means that we are safe.


Individual Liberty

In Britain, as long as we do not break the law, we can live as we choose to and have our own opinions about things.


Mutual Respect

We might not always agree with other people, but we try to show respect for their thoughts and feelings.


We can give respect to others and we can expect other people to show us respect.


Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

In Britain, we accept that other people might have different beliefs than ours and they may believe in different religions.



British Values at St Michael’s


Farnsfield St Michael’s Primary 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. This statement outlines the key British Values we actively and regularly promote within the Curriculum and extra-curricular activities.


British Value

What we do




Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a School Council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has access to the school budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school.


We also have elections for House Captains and the Funky Fundraisers, who develop ideas from class discussions about raising money for a range of charities and causes.


the rule of law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.


individual liberty


Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. 


Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and Anti-Bullying work.


Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.


mutual respect


Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.


tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


St Michael’s is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Our RE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.





Democracy in School


School Council Elections


Each class in school, except Foundation, elects a School Council Representative each year.


Each child who would would like to run in the class' election has to give a short speech explaining why the class should vote for them.


After all the candidates have spoken, the class votes and the child with the most votes wins.



House Captains for 2017-2018


As a school, we elected eight House Captains (two for each house).

  • Willow: Callum and Martha
  • Oak: Joe and Evie
  • Sycamore: Megan and Ruby
  • Horse Chestnut: Iona and Emilie


All the candidates had to say a short speech about why they wanted to be House Captain. Once they had finished, the Year Sixes (who applied) went outside to let the pupils decide who they wanted to represent their house group.


They did a majority vote led by their house teachers. Everyone had one vote.


The job of a House Captain is to first of all support and look after the younger children of their house. Another thing House Captains have to take part in is the annual sport day. They help organise it and collect the children ready for their races. Finally, being a House Captain is an opportunity for our Year Sixes to open up and try something new; test their leadership skills and have some fun.


Written by our elected House Captains.



House Rules


In our Houses, we meet in January and learnt about the Rule of Law. Each House created a set of rules they will follow in their House Meetings and our House Captains created a poster to show these rules.