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British Values

What are British values?

Oftsed states that British values are:


  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith


At St Margaret’s CofE Junior School we promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education, incorporating fundamental British values. This permeates the school’s entire curriculum and supports the development of the whole child. We meet daily for an act of collective worship, establishing weekly themes that support our school ethos of both Christian and British values. These themes are supported by effective relationships throughout the school. Children are taught a variety of traditional British hymns and carols and perform these in Collective as well as at traditional church services. We follow guidance set out in the DfE’s document ‘Promoting fundamental values as part of SMSC in schools’.


At St Margaret’s CE Junior School, we work hard to develop our pupils’ values and attitudes. British values are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils. They are embedded in all areas of the curriculum; planning reflects opportunities to develop our pupils’ understanding of each strand of British values regularly. Additionally we celebrate national days such as Remembrance Day, St George’s Day, the Queen’s Jubilee and birthday, etc.

UK Parliament Assembly - June 2023

Celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III

Visit from our local MP - October 2022

Our local MP, Matt Weston, visited St Margaret’s on Friday 21st October. Matt is a very keen cyclist, completing many charity cycle rides, and he visited the Federation to check out the success of our local Cycle Bus. He was highly impressed by this provision that provides families a healthy option for travelling to school.


Matt also attended our St Margaret’s Diwali Day worship sessions, where he learned about the importance of collective worship for our multi-cultural church school and also took questions from representatives from our School Council. The school community learned more about the importance of the British Value of Democracy. Matt was quick to put some very positive feedback about his visit on his social media and we look forward to welcoming him back to St Margaret’s really soon.


During his visit, Matt explained that he is an advocate for pupil voice and supporting young people to become agents of change. He encouraged the children to contact him should they ever wish him to raise questions in the House of Commons. Classes across the school will be considering how they can utilise our local MP’s support as part of their courageous advocates projects and curriculum work this year.


Planting trees to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee - April 2022


Some of our Year 3 and 4 gardeners helped the local rotary club to plant a tree as part of the Queen's Green Canopy. This is part of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations. You can follow this link to find a map of all the trees planted to create this canopy.

'The Queen's Green Canopy - St Margaret's Virtual Plaque'

'Plant a tree for the Jubilee'

Judicial Law Presentation - November 2021

Parliament Live with Matt Western MP

Every class took part in this online live session with the Education Team at the Houses of Parliament with a Q&A with Matt Western MP at the end.

Year 5 wrote letters to Matt Western MP and subsequently took part in a TEAMs meeting with him.


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Welcome to Briar Hill and St Margaret's!...Our Federation vision: 'Flourish as a family, love to learn, make memories, shine!'...Our St Margaret's Christian vision: 'How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity.' (Psalm 133)