British values

The Department for Education states that there is a need for schools to promote fundamental British values. These are:

  • Rule of law
  • Democracy
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs 
  • Mutual respect
  • Individual liberty 

At Chesterton we are continually enriching and developing our curriculum so that it incorporates British values as part of our overall PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship, Education) programme as well as within all subject areas. Click here to see how our curriculum actively promotes an understanding of fundamental values.

We actively reinforce these values in a wide variety of ways:

Rule of law

Pupils learn what is right and wrong through classroom rules, school rules and also through the Behaviour and Discipline Policy; available on the Policies Page.

Our work as a Gold Level UNICEF Rights Respecting School means we learn about the universal rights we all have, and provide opportunities for pupils to learn through these rights, both personal and collective. 

We hold an anti-bullying week each year and do regular work on this through PSHCE and assemblies.


Positions on the School Council, Eco Council and House Captains are decided through a democratic process involving all pupils.

Pupils are given an understanding of freedom of speech for all, including the role the media plays in this. Children’s newspapers are provided for all year groups to facilitate discussion of local and national issues.

Tolerance of difference 

The school takes part in Rights Respecting School Initiatives.

Debating forms part of English lessons where pupils listen and respond to contrasting viewpoints. We also take part in the Wandsworth Model United Nations General Assembly each year, providing pupils with the opportunity to develop their understanding of real life democratic processes. 

All incidents of racism and bullying related to protected characteristics (i.e. age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity) are registered and the Local Authority is informed.

Mutual respect 

The school makes weekly rewards for politeness and considerate behaviour. Our school values of kindness, pride and resilience along with the UNCRC Articles are our basis for all modelling positive behaviours and mutual respect for all. 

All staff consistently model mutual respect in their dealings with children and parents/carers.

We fundraise for charities e.g. Red Nose Day, WE Walk for Water, Children in Need.

The school takes part in Rights Respecting Initiatives.

Individual liberty 

All pupils are made aware of their individual responsibility in making choices and decisions. We support pupils in their understanding of the world around them to help them make informed choices about their health and well-being. 

Our behaviour policy (available on the Policies Page) embeds the idea of consequences based on choice and action. Our reflective process ensures pupils have the opportunity to unpick their behaviours and look at how it has effected both themselves and others. 

Rights Respecting Initiatives

Children are encouraged to make the right decisions about behaviour in class and around school, therefore making positive contributions towards creating a lawful environment where we are all responsible for our actions.