British Values are intrinsically linked to the school’s mission statement, “Love God, Serve Others, Work Hard, Value All”. By this we mean that the values of tolerance and consideration are embedded in our school community.
The five identified British Values are:
• Rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
The school supports democratic values in various ways – both as part of our school curriculum and in an extra-curricular capacity. For instance, we have an active and purposeful school council that is comprised of elected representatives from all forms and year groups.
Rule of Law
In school we have an inclusive behaviour policy to which pupils are held accountable. The school also recognises, through its rewards system, those who exhibit exemplary standards since it is important their contributions are valued. In addition, we work with outside agencies to ensure that pupils are aware of what is expected of them as British citizens in the wider community.
We believe that all pupils are given the opportunity to make appropriate personal choices. From our Enrichment Days to careers advice, extra-curricular activities to Personal Relationships Programme, we offer the support and guidance to enable them to do so. Our ethos allows pupils to participate in discussions, encouraging them to consider and express both their own individual viewpoints and those of others.
BTRCC recognises that we are all learners in the image of Christ. Inclusion is at the heart of our ethos and we make every effort to support all our pupils and in particular the most vulnerable – both within our school and the wider community. We support numerous charities including Cafod and Caritas, and hold firm that bullying – in all its forms – has no place within our school.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We aim to ensure that everyone is respected and valued, irrespective of their background, faith or belief. We teach tolerance towards those of other faiths and ensure pupils are aware of the injustices of the past in order to encourage a tolerant outlook for the future. Both through the curriculum and extra-curricular trips, pupils are offered the chance to explore the traditions and culture of other countries.