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British Values

At Old Cleeve First School, we actively promote British Values.


At Old Cleeve we provide opportunities for pupils to explore their own culture and have a clear understanding and appreciation of a wide range of the cultural influences that have shaped modern Britain. We recognise the diversity within our society and ensure that British Values are embedded within our curriculum. The teaching of British Values is integrated through the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning that takes place across all curriculum areas, alongside our School Values that are linked to our PSHE and RE Curriculum.


  Old Cleeve Values 2023-24

   Achieve - Perseverance 

   Thrive - Justice, Service 

   Care - Compassion, Kindness

   Belong - Friendship, Respect


   Themes that link to our values 





   Perseverance (Runs throughout the year.)



We promote British Values in the following ways:



  • Our School Council promotes the democratic process - pupils nominate and vote for their representatives within the School Council.

  • Children select and vote for their House and Vice Captains. Year 4 pupils present themselves to their house and write a speech. Pupils then select their captain based on what they have heard in the speeches. Pupils place their votes in a ballot box.

  • Children are part of working committees, each committee is responsible for selecting a chair and vice-chair. Committees set their own agendas and representatives are responsible for ensuring notes are taken and ideas are discussed. 

  • Our marking policy encourages feedback enabling pupils to respond to and influence the learning process.

  • Children create their own class charters, where they decide on the rights that members of the class should have. Children take ownership of their charters by signing them and ensuring adults in the class, sign alongside. 

  • Pupils and parents are surveyed regularly and the results of those surveys inform aspects of the School Development Plan.

  • Children are encouraged to voice their opinions in formal and informal ways. (suggestion boxes, questionnaires)

  • Pupils take part in Headteachers Question Time, where pupils have the opportunity to ask questions about the school and the curriculum. 


   Committees 2022-23


       . Wellbeing Committee

       . Spirted Arts Committee

       . Arts Committee

       . Reading Committee

       . Community Committee 

       . Eco-Committee



Individual Liberty

  • Children are provided with boundaries which encourage them to make choices safely and are asked to reflect on these boundaries within safe PSHE lessons.

  • Pupils are encouraged to respectfully express their views and beliefs.

  • Pupils have key roles and responsibilities within school including; House and Vice Captain, Play Leaders, Librarians, Mentors, Chair and Vice Chair of Committees.

  • Pupils have the opportunity and are encouraged to take part in a broad range of extra-curricular activities including; sports, drama, dance, art, and reading.

  • Pupils are encouraged to develop their interests and skills. Pupils have access to Genius Time on a Friday afternoon, where they can explore a question that they have or continue working on a project, which deepens or extends the knowledge they currently possess. 

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

  • Pupils know who to speak to if they are worried or concerned about themselves or others

  • Pupils have the opportunity to meet and discuss careers they might be interested in, during purposeful career talks. These include; working with animals, military, marine biology and engineering. 


Respect of those of different faith and beliefs

  • We learn about major world religion festivals throughout the year and actively celebrate these throughout the year. 

  • Our RE and PSHE curriculum provides children with a broad and balanced understanding of world religions and promotes respect for the beliefs of others.

  • We provide opportunities for children to visit places of worship and to meet people from different faiths, which promotes Inter-faith dialogue and discussion. 

  • We provide resources to ensure that all pupils are effectively integrated into the teaching and learning process and the wider school community, including those that join at different starting points and those who have English as an additional language


Mutual Respect

  • Pupils work in teams, share ideas in public and show respect for other pupils’ opinions during class discussions, assemblies and concerts.

  • School rules reinforce mutual respect and pupils have a half term focus on respect, as part of their Old Cleeve Stars. 

  • All members of the school community treat each other with respect and model this in behaviour with colleagues and pupils.

  • Pupils work together in different groupings and situations in different lessons and subjects.

  • All pupils participate in live productions and assemblies throughout the school year.


The Rule of Law

  • We have clear rules and expectations of behaviour and a Whistle Blowing policy which is adhered to by all pupils, staff and other stakeholders

  • Each class has a class charter created by the pupils at the start of each academic year.

  • Teaching includes e-safety, road safety and caring for the environment.

  • Attendance and punctuality is good and all stakeholders are aware of the importance of being at school.

  • Pupils follow, respect and understand the need for different rules in different situations, i.e. PE lessons, school visits, classrooms and the playground.

  • Pupils with positive learning behaviours are recognised.

  • Visits from emergency services and MPs/councillors, reinforces the rule of law and the reasoning/purpose behind them.

  • The school supports pupils in regulating their own behaviour to make choices for the well-being of themselves and others.