British Values


British Values at Ormiston Meadows Academy


At Ormiston Meadows Primary Academy we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:


  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. We have achieved the following external accreditation which demonstrate evidence of our commitment to British Values:


  • Ofsted grade of ‘Good for Personal Development and Welfare’ (September 2016)


Our school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through assemblies and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful Student Council. We also actively promote British values through ensuring that our Cornerstones curriculum planning and delivery,  including the 58 Yoimoji characters who promote our core values and reinforce British Values regularly and in the following ways:




Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Student Council. The elections of members of the Student Council are based on pupil votes.


Ormiston Meadows Academy of ‘Excellence Award’ is based around Core Values and each half term we have a new focus, eg respect, resilience.


The Rule of Law:

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our system for behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of codes and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed school behaviour code.


Children are asked to identify which aspect of the code they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. 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.


To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school.


We are committed to praising children’s efforts.  We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school.  Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but for behaviour and general adherence to the Ormiston Meadows ‘Positive Behaviour’ policy.


Rewards are given in the form of stickers, points, and certificates.  Children’s achievements are also recognised during Weekly Celebration Assemblies and Annual Awards Ceremony


Individual Liberty:

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our anti- bullying week activities and e-Safety teaching. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs.


Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and positive behaviour policy are based around core values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community at Ormiston Meadows Primary Academy. Assemblies are based on our ‘Core Values for Life’ which are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school.


  • Ofsted noted what the children said, ‘Everyone is treated equally’ (September 2016)
  • Pupils behaviour is good and respectful both in lessons and at playtimes, resulting in a purposeful learning environment in which to learn (September 2016)



Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community which is by large white British.  Whole school assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We use opportunities such as the Olympics and World Cup to study and learn about life and culture in other countries.


We have weekly assemblies and RE where we study another world faith and learn about their customs, practises and celebrations.  We invite guest speakers and run workshops to give the children a real experience of a different belief system.