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British Values

We believe that sharing our values with parents, carers and our community is essential in supporting the children through their journey in school and life. We acknowledge and understand the importance of the role that our community has to play and appreciate the need to inform them of the values work that we do. We do this through regular updates, newsletters, assemblies, inviting parents to share in activities and through our website.


Treating others with tolerance and respect, being inclusive and accepting of difference, engaging with others with generosity, particularly when they are in difficulty, aspiring for the highest standards, behaving with honesty and integrity, behaving with care and responsibility to our environment – we hope that through their time at Sussex Road, these are the values that are modelled and reinforced for our children.




How is this evidenced at Sussex Road?


  • Pupil Leadership Team (PLT):  pupils are elected by their peers to represent their class; the PLT meets to discuss their own ideas for school improvement (and those of others in their class) but also to help adults in school make changes and decisions.  The PLT has named the ‘houses’, supported the appointment of the HT
  • House Captains:   present to the peers in their House when standing for election – their peers then vote for who they believes is the strongest candidate; House Captains are responsible for counting, sorting and distributing house points.  They lead their teams out on Sports Day.
  • Pupil Questionnaires & Conferencing:  pupils are asked to share their views through regular pupil questionnaires and pupil conferencing.

The Rule of Law

  • The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
  • Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service etc. are a part of our curriculum and aspiration and achievement week and help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

  • Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering education.
  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

  • Our school ethos and behaviour policy is focussed around our three core values: Ready, Respectful and Responsible.  Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what these means and how they are shown. Respect for others is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our Behaviour Policy.
  • PE lessons, games and activities at lunchtimes promote the concept of ‘fair play’.

Tolerance of those with Different Faiths or Beliefs

  • This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity.
  • The texts selected to teach Reading and Writing, as well as stories to share, are culturally diverse and encourage children to think about similarities and differences between different cultures and time periods.
  • Assemblies (where stories, images, events and music promote the values) and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE (Religious Education lessons cover key religions represented in the UK, to promote understanding of religious diversity and practices) and PSHE.
  • Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.