British Values

Promoting British Values

Our government believes that, ‘British society is founded on fundamental values and principles, which all those living in the UK should respect and support. These values are reflected in the responsibilities, rights and privileges of being a British citizen or permanent resident of the UK. They are based on history and traditions and are protected by law, customs ad expectations. There is no place in British society for extremism or intolerance.’

At Sayes Court, we support this view of British society and are fully consistent with the following British values and principles:


It is our conviction that important aspects of school life such as: the Sayes Court Class and School Councils; and children being involved in staff appointments help children to understand how working together for the good of the school creates positive relationships and is a valuable preparation for future life in our democratic society.

The rule of law

In order to help children understand how society cannot operate without a set of laws, we teach them how our school rules create an ordered, fair and safe place in which to learn.

Individual liberty

At Sayes Court, children have the opportunity to make individual choices and express opinions that develop their character and self-belief. However, they are encouraged to develop these qualities in the context of the rights and needs of other members of our school community.

Mutual Respect

Children are encouraged to respect themselves and to respect the rights of other people. This is a fundamental principle that is put into practice in the classroom, around school, in the playground and in assemblies.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

We are lucky to have a school community that comprises children and staff from a wide range of different cultures, languages, backgrounds and faiths. We celebrate a language of the month (spoken by some children in the school), festivals (celebrated by some of our families), visit different places of worship and welcome visitors who can widen our children’s horizons even further.