At St James's we not only promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, but thread them through all that we do. These British Values are referred to regularly in assemblies and our Picture News assemblies link directly to a British Value each week. Lessons link to the British Values across the curriculum, particularly in PSHE and RE. Respect is one of St James's core values and is therefore a strong foundation on which the school's ethos is built. The children have a dedicated British Values afternoon session per term where they may work with other children from different year groups or listen to experts in their field who embody those British values.
Pupils, parents and staff have the right to have their voices heard. The school has a pupil elected school council where class representatives raise issues and suggest ideas for improvement. in addition we have a variety of other pupil voice groups, such as Eco-Council, Worship Committee, Learning Ambassadors and Digital Leaders. Parents and guardians have the opportunity to express any concerns or queries by arranging a meeting with a member of staff or speaking to them at the end of the school day.
The Rule Of Law
The importance of law and rules is referred to and reinforced to teach students to distinguish between right and wrong. This helps children to take responsibility for their own actions. Students are taught the reasons behind rules and laws, how they govern and protect us and the consequences of what happens when these laws are broken.
The school promotes the freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs in a safe environment. We teach children to take responsibility for their behaviour. They are supported to understand that they have rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely. Pupils are supported to become as independent as possible.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths or Beliefs
Students are taught to show empathy and understanding of people from different backgrounds. Pupils have regular opportunities to learn about different cultures and beliefs to reinforce messages of tolerance and respect. This allows them to understand and respect values different from their own.