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British Values at Cononley Primary School

The DfE has reinforced the 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.”

Our School Ethos

At Cononley Primary School, staff, governors, children and parents work together to create a warm, caring, family atmosphere in which pupils flourish and achieve. 

Our Mission Statement

At Cononley Primary School we are committed to inspiring and challenging our children:

  • To become independent lifelong learners and thinkers.
  • To value and respect themselves and others.
  • To reach their full potential and become the best possible citizens of tomorrow.

Our Vision and Values

Our curriculum is rich and stimulating: we provide learning experiences which are challenging and inspiring for our children so that they become creative, independent learners. Everyone is motivated  to achieve and achievement is celebrated. 

Our children are provided with the tools to succeed at the next stage of their education and throughout their lives through experiences which develop character, cultural understanding, curiosity, resilience and confidence.  

Our children know how to be happy, healthy and safe; they are kind, polite and work cooperatively, recognising that everyone can make a worthwhile contribution. 

We set high standards for our pupils and expect them to work to the best of their ability at all times. Our children enjoy taking responsibility; they respect others and their surroundings and work hard to make positive changes within our school community and the wider world.

Our school mission statement, vision and values support and promote British values together with the school curriculum and other aspects of school life including school assemblies, PHSE (Personal, Health and Social Education) and SEAL lessons (Social and Emotional Aspects to Learning) and Religious Education.

British Values

Our School Mission Statement , Vision and Values

Democracy At Cononley Primary School our mission statement states that we want our pupils to ‘become independent lifelong learners and thinkers’ and ‘to become the best possible citizen of tomorrow’.  We believe that if pupils realise they have opinions which will be listened to and which can influence aspects of school life important to them, they will become responsible adults who will take a full and active role in society.
Rules and Laws At Cononley Primary School we place high importance on good behaviour and  of adherence to our school rules. This enables our pupils to learn in a safe, orderly environment. School rules and laws which govern our country are referred to and reinforced in the classroom and in assemblies. Our pupils learn the value and reasons for rules and laws, the responsibility which they have in making the right behaviour choices and that there are consequences when rules and laws are broken. 
Individual Liberty Our school vision and values help our pupils to respect themselves and others and develop independence by taking responsibility for their own actions. By creating a safe, supportive environment  we provide boundaries which enable pupils to make choices.
Mutual Respect A key aim which underpins our ethos is ‘to value and respect ourselves and others’. Our school vision and values state that pupils recognise 'that everyone can make a worthwhile contribution'. Mutual respect between adults and pupils in school is fostered through the curriculum and through other aspects of school life such as our school rules, participation in sport and the performing arts, and visitors to school. We also feel it is important to broaden our ethos to include respect for members of the wider community.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs is reinforced by our school aims ‘to respect and value themselves and others’ and ‘to become the best possible citizens of tomorrow’. At Cononley Primary School we help our pupils to learn about different faiths and religions which are practised in our country and throughout the world, whilst recognising the Christian traditions upon which our society is constructed. We actively promote tolerance through our curriculum and other areas of school life. 
Impact of British Values at Cononley Primary School

Health and Wellbeing Survey 2022: 

  • 83% of KS2 pupils feel safe at school (mostly or always)  
  • 89% of KS2 pupils said that the school encourages everyone to treat each other with  respect
  • 78% of KS2 pupils responded that they think the opinions of young people make a difference to decisions about what they learn in school compare with 63% of KS2 pupils in other North Yorkshire primary schools.
  • FairAchiever Status 
  • Gold Sports Mark 
  • Green Trees Gold Award 
  • Sporting successes at cluster sports events
  • Raising money for charity : Children in Need, SELFA, Riding for the Disabled, Children in Need, Comic Relief, MacMillan