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British Values

British Values in RE

St Mary’s Catholic High School recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever- changing nature of the United Kingdom. The school is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it actively promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.


Examples of how we actively promote and model mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

  • Respect for each other, for our school premises and for others in our local communities is an integral part of our school ethos and Behaviour and Engagement Policy. Students see staff model this by treating each other with respect and courtesy and we promote this in the way our students interact with each other in their classes, around the school site and at off-site activities
  • Promoting respect for individual differences e.g., through assemblies, Collective Worship, Masses, the RE curriculum, welcoming students, and visitors of all faiths, meeting the needs of our EAL students, through our Catholic ethos.
  • Helping children to acquire an understanding of and respect for their own and other cultures and ways of life e.g., through the curriculum e.g., Religious Education and Geography, cultural trips and visits, retreats, and pilgrimages
  • Openly discussing and celebrating the differences between people such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender, and different family situations such as looked after children, young carers and the different countries and cultures from which our students are drawn
  • Inviting visitors to school to illustrate to our children different life experiences.