British Values at St. Joseph's School

British Values Statement


The Department for Education introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure British Values are taught in schools.

At St. Joseph's Moorthorpe, British Values are actively promoted in so much of what we do, not least during our school assemblies, Religious Education, Circle Time, PSHCE sessions and through our weekly 'Statements to Live By'. The values are integral to our long-standing inclusive Catholic ethos which complements British Values. As well as actively promoting British Values, we will also actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

St. Joseph's is committed to serving its local community and we recognise the ever-changing multi-cultural and multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom. We understand the vital role we play in ensuring that groups or individuals within our school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.  At St. Joseph's we follow equal opportunities guidance to discourage any form of discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.

At St. Joseph's we are dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life beyond the curriculum by ensuring that we promote and reinforce British Values to all our pupils whenever possible.

The government set out its definition of British Values in the Prevent Strategy. The five key British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law -
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


British Values Assembly 15.02.16.pdf

British Values & The General Election 05.05.15.pdf



British Values Assemblies - Spring 2 2016

            Monday 15th February, 9.30am: 

Introduction & Overview of British Values led by Mrs Darren

Monday 22nd February, 2.45pm: 

The Rule of Law and Liberty led by Year 1 & Year 2

            Monday 29th February, 2.45pm: 

Respect and Tolerance led by Year 3 & Year 4

            Monday 7th March, 2.45pm: 

Democracy led by Year 5 & Year 6

Children in Year 3 and Year 4 dramatised the Parable of the Good Samaritan in their British Values assembly about 'Respect and Tolerance'.