Cavendish Junior School

British Values Statement


The Department for Education introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.

At Cavendish Junior School we have always taken our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain very seriously. We value the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country.

We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. Curriculum areas provide opportunities for furthering understanding of these concepts and to deepen and develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children.

The school makes efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events and a range of school visits.

At Cavendish, we value the voice of the child and promote democratic processes such as our School Parliament whose members are voted for annually by the children during a secret ballot. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view.

Children are given responsibility to run activities, events and competitions. School buddies and Bronze Ambassadors lead other children in games and activities so that they are fully involved in all aspects of school life. Cavendish Job Centre gives all pupils the chance to apply for various jobs and be fully involved in helping run the school. We expect all our children to be good role models for each other, which is encouraged through high expectations of behaviour.

In 2011 the school vision and aims were drawn up by pupils, staff, parents and governors as follows:


At Cavendish Junior School we want to create a community of outstanding citizens who are well prepared for life. All members of our community will be nurtured and treated with respect and equality. We will create a stimulating, motivating environment where people enjoy working and are driven to succeed. We will prepare people to make a positive contribution to society and enable them to reach their full potential.


  • celebrate success in all areas and at every level
  • treat everyone equally
  • be caring and show empathy
  • feel secure enough to make mistakes and persevere when they find things difficult
  • become responsible citizens and prepare for life ahead
  • grow in self confidence
  • feel supported on the journey through school
  • be motivated and willing to learn
  • have high expectations of themselves to achieve academic success



  • provide a safe, stimulating and caring learning environment
  • offer every child the best opportunity to learn skills for life
  • encourage children to become independent learners
  • provide opportunities for children to take on roles and responsibilities
  • value everybody’s contributions support and encourage good behaviour

Cavendish Junior School believes in, and promotes, the following British Values:





Pupils at Cavendish Junior School see examples of democracy at work in a variety of situations, and see this as being an essential component of successful team working.  Pupils understand that everyone's opinion should be valued. 

The establishment of a new School Parliament each year models the formal democratic process.

Pupil's are given democratic powers on regular occasions, for instance the choice of Golden Time treat and joint decision making about school rules. 

Assemblies and lessons where the school community learn about, and discuss, the principles and process of democracy.

Children are able to work cooperatively in pairs and groups as well as in whole class situations. They understand about turn taking and respecting the views of others.

Children in school are able to use the language of respect.

Children understand and accept that group decisions often override personal wishes.


Rule of Law




The children at Cavendish Junior School understand that rules are important, and there is an expectation of respect for rules that underpins the entire work of the school.

Pupils are given opportunities to explore the concept through discussions about laws, rules and values and, in RE lessons, the idea that different religions have guiding principles.

Children understand that there are consequences for not following rules.

Children are familiar with the local police who visit to talk to them informally.

School ethos and atmosphere.

Regular comments from visitors, praising the behaviour of pupils.

Class Rules School Rules/Learning Behaviours

School Vision and Aims

School Parliament meetings

Collective Worship

RE planning and work books

Monitoring and observations on learning behaviour

Cavendish is a positive, friendly school where behaviour is extremely good.

Children are able to articulate how and why we need to behave in school and demonstrate they understand and can abide by rules.

Cavendish pupils become good citizens.




Individual Liberty




Our curriculum, in particular History, RE, Circle Time and Social Studies, provides opportunities for pupils to consider the concept of individual liberty.

Pupils are encouraged to respect each other and understand that everyone is an individual, with their own values, tastes and opinions.

The philosophy of Cavendish, and our teaching and learning, places emphasis on the right to have our own thoughts and evidence-based views.

Children are strongly encouraged to develop independence in learning and to think for themselves.

School ethos and atmosphere.

Pupils are consulted on many aspects of school life and demonstrate independence of thought and action

Lesson planning.

Collective Worship themes.


Cavendish pupils are confident to express their own opinions and are happy to `stand out'.

Children are able to show independence in learning and to think for themselves

Children all know that they have rights, but that with rights come responsibilities.



Mutual Respect and the Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs




Respect is a fundamental school value. We pay explicit attention to this as part of our Collective Worship, RE, PHSE, and SMSC curriculum.

Respect is a school value that is discussed deeply, starting with self-respect and covering respect for family, friends, and other groupsÍž the world, its people and the environment.

Collective Worship themes.

RE planning and workbooks.

Other planning and outcomes in workbooks.

Anti-bullying work

Cavendish pupils are tolerant of others.

Children can articulate that respect is a school value and why respect is importantÍž how they show respect to others and how they feel about it for themselves.

Children’s behaviour demonstrates their good understanding of this value in action.

Children are able to talk about the different faiths and cultures they learn about, ask questions and show tolerance and respect for others of different faiths and religions.