St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Pudsey

  1. faith and values
  2. British Values

British Values

Our British Values and Catholic Values 

This is a Catholic school which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ.

We promote these values by our words and deeds, and Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeates every aspect of the school's activity.

We provide a Catholic curriculum, which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and is created in the image of God (Gen 1: 27). 

Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as a active citizens in service to the world.

Catholic Religious Education is the "core of the core curriculum" (Pope St John Paul II - 26.3 92) and the foundation of the entire educational process.

We also provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities and strong pastoral support. We incorporate democratic principles, value the rule of law, support individual liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected.

How do we promote our 'British Values' in our Catholic Curriculum?

Through our school curriculum we are able to promote all aspects of our British Values: 

  • Voting for our School Council representatives 
  • Voting for our House Captains 
  • Suggestion boxes for the children so they are listened to 
  • Debating activities as part of all elements of the curriculum 
  • Teaching about democratic ideas in the History Curriculum 
Through The Way, The Truth and The Life Scheme 
  • Many ways to serve others 
  • Becoming aware of our God given gifts and how to use them to help others 
The Rule of Law 
  • Use of a positive behavior policy underpinned by the schools values that is consistently adhered to 
  • Say No To Bullying policy and Anti-Bullying ambassadors 
  • Promoting the use of choice and the respect for the law through visitors to school e.g. Police, fire service
  • Class assemblies on the rule of law 
Through The Way, The Truth and The Life Scheme 
  • The great commandment and the ten commandments 
  • The teaching of Jesus 
  • The new commandments 
  • What is sin and reflecting on the consequences 
Individual Liberty 
  • Pupil interviews to give them their opinions on school life 
  • Working collaboratively within their year groups and across the school 
  • Class liturgies on tolerance and liberty 
  • learning about historical people who fought for individual liberty e.g. Rosa Parks and Gandhi 
Through The Way, The Truth and The Life Scheme 
  • Belonging to family and also the family of the Church 
  • Our responsibility as stewards of the Earth; God's personal gift to us 
  • Enabling Catholic students to know and understand what they know about their beliefs 
Mutual Respect 
  • Our inclusive mission statement 'we strive to live, love, learn and achieve our full potential through the teachings of Christ' 
  • Our PSCHE curriculum teaches about mutual respect for all 
  • Our positive behaviour policy that speaks of respecting others 
  • Anti-Bullying ambassadors 
  • Work with the community with the Mini Vinnies 
  • Supporting all charities - the children's choices e.g. CAFOD, Mary's meals, pet charities 
  • Remembering those who gave their lives for us 
Through The Way, The Truth and The Life Scheme 
  • Actions and consequences 
  • Being responsible for our behaviour 
  • Know that we are here to fight for justice and speak out against injustice 
  • The mission of the Church 
  • Forgiveness takes courage 
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs 
  • Multi faith weeks in school with visitors from other faiths and visits to other places of worship 
  • Linking with other schools of multi faith cohorts
  • Recoginising and celebrating the cultural celebrations of other faiths 
  • Raising money for charities to help those less fortunate than ourselves 
  • Visitors / Workshops on tolerance of other peoples beliefs 
Through The Way, The Truth and The Life scheme 
  • Being a Christian and loving one's neighbour 
  • To be a disciple and live out the Beatitudes 
  • Striving for justice; Oscar Romero, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King 
  • Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism
  • What the Catholic Church teaches about other faiths 
  • Knowing that God's Holy Spirit has been at work with all faiths and beliefs  
  • The gift of God's grace is free and available to everyone