At St Margaret Clitherow’s Catholic Primary School, we live by our school motto, ‘Jesus is at the heart of everything we do’. In this way, we believe that to live according to the teachings of Christ naturally leads us to living out and promoting British Values, which we understand to be:

  • Mutual respect and tolerance
  • Individual Liberty
  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law

We endeavour to provide a rich curriculum and learning opportunities to enable all pupils to better understand and live according to the values of our nation and, therefore, contribute to our society and the world community as a whole. Moreover, in our caring, Christian community, we seek to nurture the spiritual and moral self in every individual, so that they can fulfil their true potential, valuing themselves and others, in all they do. Through prayer, school rules, worship, work, and play, we build upon our welcoming Christian ethos, promoting a culture of respect and love for people, from all backgrounds.

We do this by:

  • Having a coherent set of school rules, which are recited daily, with a clear consequence and reward system
  • Encouraging pupil to make decisions on a micro (self) and macro (whole class/school) level, not least with regards to behaviour
  • Promoting Christian values through the ‘Statements to Live By’, giving pupils a fortnightly focus of how to respect themselves and others
  • Charitable works, such as fundraising for Mission Together, Zoe’s Place, Macmillan, etc. and physically providing the less fortunate with clothing and food, through our ‘Dress A Girl Around the World’ and ‘Bring A Tin’ projects
  • Through our SMC Missionaries, going out into our local community and caring for the elderly, vulnerable, and our environment
  • Education about, and tolerance of, our own faith, and the faiths of others, with ‘real’ experiences and opportunities to explore religion and beliefs
  • Teaching the children to look after themselves and others through E-Safety, anti-racism and anti-bullying days
  • Opportunities to make democratic decisions, such as our House Captains campaign and election, in which all pupils vote for the captain of their own House
  • Strong links with local PCSOs, police, firefighters, and other key figures in the community
  • Celebrating our British Heritage, taking advantage of our diversity in this area due to immigration for the local steel works, and other local historical events

In this way, through celebration of diversity and promotion of respect for all, we believe our pupils value themselves, others, and the world around them, living out their own Christian vocation, as well as according to the values of principles of our nation.