Athelstan Community Primary School

To Be The Best That We Can Be

British Values

At Athelstan we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values as directed under new Ofsted guidance, September 2014:

‘ ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain’


British Values are defined as:

  • democracy

  • rule of law

  • individual liberty

  • mutual respect

  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


We aim to actively promote British Values through our daily assemblies and whole school systems and structures, such as electing and running a successful School Council. We also promote the British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes opportunities for exploring these values.



Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at our school. Democracy is central to how we operate.


Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days.


Individual Liberty

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide opportunities for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe and planned curriculum.


Mutual Respect

At Athelstan we show respect to each other regardless of any differences. Different cultural events take place throughout the school year encouraging children to learn about and show respect for different cultures.


Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At Athelstan we aim to enhance pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society through a range of experiences.


If you have any questions about how British Values are embedded in our school, please do not hesitate to contact school using the details on the 'Contact Us' page of our website or talking to your child's class teacher.