At St Katherine's School we 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 is truly comprehensive with regard to students' ability, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, race and faith. We are representative of the communities we serve and see ourselves as a vital part of these communities and therefore of British society as a whole. At St Katherine's School we actively challenge opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values.
The Department for Education have published guidance for schools that makes clear 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’.
We achieve this in the context of a wider Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) provision. This includes Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) as well as our tutorial programme, Citizenship lessons and also, at times, lessons in every curriculum area. Our curriculum aims to;
- Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
- Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
- Encourage respect for other people; and
- Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
Former St Katherine’s media students made a short film looking at the rise of Islamophobia and its impact on Bristol’s Muslim community. Follow this link to view http://goo.gl/hav6H7.
The government set out their definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These were restated by the British Government in September 2014 after it was reported that some groups were deliberately targeting school governance positions to influence the way in which young people were taught about life in modern Britain. These values are: