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The Promotion of British Values and our Catholic Values

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The government set out its definition of ‘British values’ in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ (2011), which was designed to prevent the extremism and religious radicalization of young people. British values are considered by the present government to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. The promotion of ‘British values’ is central to Catholic education because British values have their origin in the Christian values of our nation.

At Thornleigh Salesian College we recognise, not only the importance of helping students to flourish academically but also spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, so they are fully prepared for life in British society and for their role as citizens, able to make the strongest possible contribution to the Common Good of all. We provide an education which focuses on the formation of the whole person and on our vocation and purpose in life.

We teach the importance of British Values by going much deeper into the meaning of what it means to live a good life, within a framework of Catholic Christian Values and in an environment where the school Salesian values of Respect, Understanding, Affection and Humour (RUAH) underpin every facet of school life and are actively promoted on a daily basis. This provides the context and meaning for understanding why British values are important. 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. The school community, enlivened by the spirit of Don Bosco, will be a place where students can find acceptance for themselves as unique individuals and where forgiveness and the opportunity to start again is fundamental to the Salesian, Catholic ethos of the school.

We seek to embed British values at Thornleigh Salesian College in the vast array of opportunities offered in both the formal and extra-curricular life of the school.


As part of our daily life in school we promote the importance of democracy across the school and the importance of making decisions together. The Leadership team and staff encourage young people to see their role in their community, encouraging students to know that their views count, value each other’s views and values and talk about their feelings. This can be evidenced via Student Voice, the School Council, and in discussions with students as part of IAG events.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout every day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through assemblies. The curriculum is designed to ensure students are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Opportunities for this can be found as part of specific topics in certain subject areas or as topics covered as part of the weekly 50 minute rolling Tutorial programme. Visits from authorities such as the Police and external speakers as part of our learning programmes help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty:

At Thornleigh Salesian College students are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. We encourage students to see themselves as unique individuals able to make a unique contribution to building community both within school and within the local community where they live. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety in computing, their Tutorial programme of activities, planned sessions during Super Learning days and school assembly presentations.

Mutual Respect:

Respect is a key element of our daily life in school and is modelled by students and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments as well as extra-curricular activities such as sport, music and inter-school competitions. In line with our commitment to democracy, students are always able to voice their opinions as we foster an environment where students can debate ideas and are safe to disagree with each other. Our elected Student Council represents the views of the school community and work hard to ensure that ‘Student Voice’ is integral to the life of the school. We encourage students to substantiate opinions and to realise the value of co-operation and consensus as well as decision making through voting. Our emphasis on respect and responsibility means that we ask our students to ensure that they look out for those who might be marginalised and disadvantaged and ensure that they are made to feel valued members of our school community.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:

This is achieved through equipping students with the ability to develop positive values, understand their own beliefs and their place in a culturally diverse society both locally and globally. We give our students opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community and within the wider community. All students experience a connection with other cultures and beliefs through our RE curriculum and aspects of the PSHE and Citizenship delivered through our Tutorial programme, theme days, local and regional opportunities and through our international Salesian links. The emphasis on enterprise, working with others, and learning other languages directly contributes to the appreciation of others perspectives on life. Our Religious Studies curriculum follows the teaching of the Church in providing a broad and balanced education, which includes an understanding of and respect for people of other faiths or none and other religions, cultures and lifestyles.

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