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Richard De Clare Community Academy

With a Nursery for 3 to 4 year olds.

Dream Big, Work Hard, Believe and Achieve.

British Values


Richard de Clare Community Academy      BRITISH VALUES STATEMENT



At Richard de Clare, British values are embedded in our school ethos and curriculum. We share common values and life skills to prepare our children so they can thrive in the modern world. British values are delivered through our broad and balanced curriculum, via SMSC aspects of all learning and through dedicated learning opportunities such as Dimensions PSHE, whole school assemblies and the work of the school council.  



British Value:

What this means to our children:

How this value is supported and accessed in our school:


  • They importance of having a voice.
  • The importance of being heard and listened to.
  • Their opinions and those of others are respected.
  • Confidence to voice ideas and opinions.
  • Working together as a team.
  • Problem Solving / Solution Finding.
  • Classroom debate.
  • PSHE curriculum sessions, circle time and other classroom discussion opportunities.
  • Via a weekly programme of Assemblies focussed on SMSC and Values themes.
  • Via School Council and other pupil led activities.
  • Through School Council activity, events and democratically elected School Council roles.  




The Rule of Law:

  • Children are supported to make the right choices.
  • Children understand that their words and actions impact on the wellbeing of others.
  • Children understand that making the right choices ensures everyone feels safe and valued.
  • Children make choices to demonstrate that at Richard de Clare we are kind, we are safe and we are respectful.
  • Through PSHE and other curriculum opportunities
  • Through adaptive learning and responsive environments.
  • As part of a thematic, integrated, knowledge-engaged curriculum delivery.
  • Via a weekly programme of Assemblies focussed on SMSC and Values themes.
  • School & Class Council.
  • Via positive reinforcement of our Behaviour Policy.

British Value:

What this means to our children:

How this value is supported and accessed in our school:

Individual Liberty:

  • Children understand that they have rights and responsibilities.
  • Children are encouraged to make positive choices.
  • Children are given opportunities to take safe risks and tackle challenges in their learning.
  • Children feel safe to express their opinions.
  • Children have a voice that is heard.



  • Topical debate and discussion, initiated by Newsround, linked to a variety of local, national and international themes.
  • Reflective learning opportunities, such as (but not exclusively) Growth Mindset approaches and PSHE Circle Time. 

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

  • We respect all others and listen to what they have to say. We expect for our views to be respected. 
  • We learn about different faiths and beliefs.
  • We understand how our words actions can affect how someone else feels.
  • An inclusive approach to school and celebration of our diversity.



  • Topical debate and discussion, linked to a variety of local, national and international themes – eg. World faiths, & systems of belief, Black History Month, etc.
  • Class and group circle time.
  • Whole School Assemblies.
  • Via the RE Curriculum (Discovery RE)
  • Through annual celebration of events from a variety of different faiths.


Bridge Academy Trust promotes British Values through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through each academy’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all staff and provide a model of behaviour for our students. 


We are committed to educating students with regard to their engagement and acceptance with 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 aim to support our students in developing and demonstrating skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. We value the importance of facilitating opportunities for every academy to be part of the community as the students, families and staff have much to offer in the development of community cohesion.


Every academy in Bridge publishes details about how they ensure British Values are promoted in their specific setting. It is for Headteachers and Local Governing Bodies to shape how each academy does this in line with their local curriculum offer, developed to meet their needs of their specific cohort of children and young people. 

Bridge Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 07663795. Registered Office: Community Building, Bridge Academy Trust, Brian Close, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9DZ.

Tel: 01245 202 937