At St Antony's, our mission has always been to ensure our children become valuable and fully-rounded members of society - who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. Through SMSC provision and the values of Christ, as witnessed through the Gospels, we actively promote and reinforce these 'British Values.' We also recognise that these values are not uniquely British - the teachings of the ideals of Christ, given to us through His Word and His Body, walk hand in hand with these values bringing: Love and Solidarity, Truth and Justice, Purity and Holiness, Dignity and Compassion, Tolerance and Peace.
We teach the importance of 'British Values' by going much deeper into the meaning of what it means to live a good life, within the framework of Catholic Christian values. We are guided by our Prayers for Life, which underpin how our children learn to treat one another. Together, guided by Christian values of respect, compassion, co-operation and stewardship, we reflect on our place and purpose in the world. We simultaneously celebrate individuality and difference within our communities and share the calling to work for the common good, in the service of others.
We believe that the 'British Values' echo the 'Gospel Values' in the Beatitudes:
Democracy: Blessed are those who stand up for what is right.
Rule of Law: Blessed are the Merciful.
Tolerance: Blessed are the Peacemakers.
Individual Liberty: Blessed are the Meek.
Respect for other faiths: Blessed are the Pure in Heart.
Our School Council is a group of children who act as one voice for the children in the school. Its members are chosen democratically; elected by their peers. The School Council is actively involved in developing policies and practices, which impact on the day to day running of the school - such as interviewing new staff.
The Rule of Law
Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy, underpinned by our Prayers for Life and the teachings of Jesus Christ, so that they clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Through our school's values, RE curriculum, collective worship and PHSE programme - children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality.
Within school, our children are supported and guided spiritually and morally, learning how to make good effective choices, whilst knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are given regular opportunities to support charities - local, national and global. They are encouraged to exercise their individual choice and follow their interests with a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs.
Posters and displays around school promote Gospel and British values and increase the children's knowledge of the importance of mutual respect in our school, our local community, nationally and in the wider world. Through class worship, during assemblies and all our interactions with one another, children are taught to respect one another, be co-operative and collaborative and look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
Tolerance of other Faiths
As a Catholic worshipping community, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. Our Religious curriculum follows the teachings of the Church in providing a broad and balanced education, which includes an understanding of and respect for people of other faiths or none, other cultures and lifestyles. We work closely with the Inter-Faith Forum, the children have regular opportunities to pose questions and deepen their understanding through open discussion with religious leaders from other faiths.
UK Military School employ veterans and reservists from the British armed forces. The British values of freedom, tolerance, acceptance of personal and social responsibility as well as upholding the rule of law are attributes we live by every day.
These values are represented through our core values and standards. We believe by focusing on these we can make a difference to children’s lives and improve performance in the classroom.
The children are fascinated to learn about the British Justice System, whilst looking at Rule of Law.
In KS2, some classes have set up their own court room with all the children in role to carry out a mock trial with the jurors taking the final decision on whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty!