Anstey Junior SchoolAim High No Limits


British Values

British Values 

The Department for Education state that there is a 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 Anstey Junior School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.



Democracy is embedded at the school.  Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.  Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our school council. The elections of the school council/Eco Council members and House Captains are based on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. In addition we have the following examples of when democracy has been discussed with pupils

  • Concept of democracy in Ancient Greece to Y5. 
  • Where appropriate we invite visitors to our school that may have experience in democracy, this has included a visit by our MP Damian Hinds, who spoke to the whole school.


The Rule of Law

The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout our school day, through our school assemblies and also when dealing with behaviour in school. We encourage our pupils to distinguish right from wrong and help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals.  Our 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 the Police, Fire Service etc. also help to reinforce our messages. Our restorative justice approach helps us to resolve conflicts. In addition we have the following examples of when the rule of law has been discussed with pupils:

  • Explaining in class discussions and using the 3 school rules - Be Safe, Be responsible and Show respect.
  • E-safety dangers and laws of social media communicated with parents and pupils.
  • Fair play in sports and team games – PE lessons, Sports day, local sports tournaments


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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. We support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.  Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and PSHE lessons.

We use opportunities to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs use teaching resources from a wide variety of sources to help pupils understand a range of faiths.

In addition we have the following examples of when individual liberty has been discussed with pupils:

  • Assemblies cover children’s charter
  • Voting of school council
  • Election of Head and senior pupils
  • Ambassadors 
  • Celebration Assembly
  • Display frames for outstanding work
  • Wide range of extra-curricular clubs
  • Using PP money to enable children to have access to range of opportunities – residentials, music lessons and school trips are funded for all PP children
  • NFER survey to all parents about school provision
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Debates in writing, such as Does God care about the World? Is graffiti art or vandalism?
  • Bikeability – Y6


Mutual Respect 

At the heart of our whole school ethos is a commitment to aim high, no limits.  Our vision is to inspire all at the school to be adaptable, healthy & inquisitive learners and nurture their development in order to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Our values are; learning, resilience, belonging and well being. Our values are taught through assemblies and PSHE sessions and form a key part of our daily dialogue across school.   Respect is promoted across school and it is deeply embedded in all that we do at the school and included in our school rules of being safe, respectful and responsible.  The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small.  Our pupils are given regular opportunities to learn in within their community and beyond, each time an emphasis is placed on respecting those with whom they come into contact and their surroundings.   A very wide range of extra-curricular clubs are offered at Anstey Junior School before school, at  lunchtime and after the school day.  These clubs provide another opportunity for mutual respect to be secured in the attitudes of our pupils, both amongst those participating from their own setting, and any visiting staff or teams. In addition we have the following examples of when mutual respect has been discussed with pupils:

  • Charities – support NSPCC, Children in Need, Red Nose day, Save the Children and supporting Alton Food bank through harvest parcels and home grown produce
  • Respecting others through a collective understanding of school rules
  • Aim high awards
  • Class certificates, kindness chains, lunchtime reward chains, French certificates,
  • Always club that have hot chocolate/ice pop with the Headteacher each week
  • Celebration assembly each week
  • Music concerts – iRock concert each term, Beyond the beat concert with Amery Hill School each year
  • Respect for the school environment – composting, gardening, growing our own produce, using nature trail/ dens responsibly and safely. 
  • Easter service at local church
  • Remembrance Day – taking part in minute silence.
  • PDL curriculum – compliments British Values


Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs

Our school rule of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs.  Anstey Junior School enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies; PSHE work; welcoming visitors that represent diversity, and enjoying a depth of study about other cultures and belief systems during topic work. In addition we have the following examples of when 'Individual liberty' has been discussed with pupils:

  • Assemblies that cover different festivals of different faiths, parents and children talk about their faith at these times and share resources/food/outfits etc.
  • Celebrating cultural festivals