Promoting British Values at Virgo Fidelis

Our recent Section 48 inspection found us to be outstanding in our provision for pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Through this, we can also demonstrate the many ways we are actively promoting the fundamental British values of:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

You can see these values in our everyday life at Virgo Fidelis. Our Catholic identity plays an important role in promoting British values in our school community. Our framework for understanding British values draws on the example of Jesus and his welcome and inclusion of all, which is developed in Catholic Social Teaching. On this page we will give examples of some of the ways that we embed British values at Virgo.

St. George's Day

We celebrate St George's Day in the school by wearing red and white and having a typically British menu in the canteen on that day.

Democracy

  • School council
  • The Head Girl leadership team: our head girl, deputy head girl and assistant head girls
  • Jack Petchey Speak Out debating opportunities, including one of our pupils WINNING the Croydon regional final
  • Inviting relevant speakers to the school
  • Holding elections for the Croydon Youth Parliament - TWO of our pupils were elected to represent young people in the borough of Croydon
  • Listening to pupils

The rule of law

  • A clear behaviour policy to ensure pupils know right from wrong and to respect rules
  • Work with the local police and other organisations that work to support young people, such as our recent visit from a theatre group to highlight the dangers of gang culture
  • Highlighting the rules of the Church and the teachings of Jesus

Individual liberty

  • Encouraging independent learning
  • Encouraging academic and personal aspirations e.g. recent visit to Cambridge University to encourage black and ethnic minority students to apply to top universities
  • Providing retreat opportunities to give pupils time for reflection
  • Supporting international charity campaigns, for example Children in Need, End Polio, Cafod
  • Remembrance activities
  • Taking part in the Jack Petchey Achievement Award scheme

Mutual respect

  • Our Mission Statement shows that we believe that each pupil is both unique and equal to others regardless of sex, nationality, colour, creed, class, intellectual ability, or disability
  • Constantly promoting respect for others
  • Having an effective anti-bullying approach
  • Using creative arts to challenge issues, for example the junior dance team's Noughts and Crosses inspired dance to challenge race issues

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

  • The definition of the word catholic is "all-embracing". As a Catholic school, we are part of an international Catholic community estimated at 1.2 billion people, from every continent in the world. Our school community reflects this diversity
  • We welcome those of other faiths and work to ensure a sense of community in our school
  • RE provides pupils with a deep understanding of their own faith and respect for the beliefs and customs of other religions
  • We have strong links with schools in India and around the world, thanks to being part of the Congregation of Our Lady of Fidelity