The Department for Education have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” At St George’s these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised. The council is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Every child on the school council is voted in by their class. Children also have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school. Democracy is taught throughout PSHE and within class topics such as the Ancient Greeks.
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at St George’s. Pupils are taught from Reception the rules of the school. These are our School Rules, Playground Rules and Class Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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 help reinforce this message. They are also discussed within School Council meetings and with the Head boys and Head girls.
At St George’s 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 informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons and workshops.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
St George’s is a diverse school and we actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Our multicultural activities illustrate our commitment to exploring our diverse school community. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. Our 6 school values are: hope, peace, koinonia, trust endurance and wisdom.
Throughout last academic year we completed a number of activities which demonstrated British Values. These included the following:
Every year we mark Remembrance Day with a special Remembrance Day service in the Grosvenor Chapel. Head Boys and Girls process with the Verger from St George’s Church and lay a poppy wreath on the school war memorial. During the service a roll call of the fallen soldiers who attended St George’s, is read out.
Our Year 5’s beat tough competition to get to the final of The London Knowledge Quiz. The final was held at the Museum of London and the children performed excellently becoming the overall winners. We were awarded a trophy for the school and the children each received a book from the Mayor of London Boris Jonson. Then in 2015 and 2016 our London Knowledge Quiz team came first place in the borough of Westminster, but were just beaten to a place in the London final.
Every year we mark Remembrance Day with a special Remembrance Day service in the Grosvenor Chapel. Head Boys and Girls process with the Verger from St George’s Church and lay a poppy wreath on the school war memorial. During the service a roll call of the fallen soldiers who attended St George’s, is read out. This year we had a special week dedicated to Remembrance Day.
Thursday 23rd of April was St George’s day and we held our first St George’s Day service in the Grosvenor Chapel. The service was led by The Rector and Father Richard and they were joined by Fatehr Andrew from Farm Street Catholic Church.
We also had members of both the school community and the wider Mayfair community attending. Mr Mike Dunn, Vice Chairman of the Mayfair Neighbourhood Forum, and His Excellency Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner of the Bahamas were interviewed by members of Form 6. (See their questions attached). Mr Dunn Spoke about how St George’s can be involved in the community and how as a school we are at the heart of the community. He aso spoke about how we can be good neighbours. The High Commissioner spoke about democracy and the importance of voting.
Children from Form 5 performed an excellent St George and the Dragon play and children from across the school read out their poems on St George’s. The National Anthem was sung as was Jerusalem and I Vow To Thee My Country.British Values and SMSC Action Plan