British Values

British Values Statement

Promoting British values

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School is committed to serving our community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Kirkby Stephen Grammar School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that students have the knowledge, skills and values to play a full and positive role in society.

The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

The five British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

The academy uses strategies within the curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways Kirkby Stephen Grammar School seeks to embed shared British values.


The principle of democracy is consistently reinforced at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections held for Head Boy and Girl and Senior Student positions, and School Council members. We also hold a whole school “General Election”. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History, Citizenship and Issues, Values and Beliefs curriculum as well as in form time and assemblies.

The rule of law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School.

In form time and assemblies and Citizenship and IVB lessons students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the Golden Rules. Students are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from outside agencies such as the Police and Fire Service present a wider perspective on this message.

Individual liberty

At Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.

Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety, IAG and form time work.

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Whole School Behaviour Policy.

Mutual Respect

Respect is a strong part of Kirkby Stephen Grammar School students learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

This is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students benefit from a number of international visitors, including students from other continents and cultures. We currently hold the International Schools Award and work in partnerships with schools overseas to teach students about life in other countries and develop them as global citizens. The Issues, Values and Beliefs curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School works hard to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our society.

Prevent Statement

There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school, whether from internal sources - pupils, staff, visiting adults, governors etc. or external sources - school community, external agencies or individuals.

Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed by pupils, staff, visitors or parents will always be challenged and, where appropriate, dealt with. Where misconduct by a teacher is proven, the matter will be referred to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for their consideration.  Misconduct by other staff will be dealt with under normal school disciplinary procedures.

We encourage pupils to respect 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 ensure that partisan political views are not promoted in the teaching of any subject in the school and where political issues are brought to the attention of the pupils, reasonably practicable steps are taken to offer a balanced presentation of opposing views to pupils.

Kirkby Stephen
Cumbria, CA17 4HA

T: (+44) 17683 71693

Mr Gary Hartley


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