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British Values Statement

Promoting British values

Marling School is committed to serving the community. The school recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, it also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

It follows 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. Marling School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.

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
  • Personal responsibility and individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

The school uses strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students.   The examples that follow show some of the many ways Marling School seeks to embed British values.


The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Marling School, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for House Captains and House Council members. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in form time and assemblies. E.g. The study of Parliament and the democratic process in the UK is studied by students in Year 8 during history lessons. 

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 Marling School. 

Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the student code of conduct and student expectations.  Students are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us through Life Skills lessons and assemblies. the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.  Visits from authorities such as the local PSCO help to reinforce this message. E.g. In Year 10 English lessons the rule of law is taught through the book ‘A View from a Bridge’ and in Year 7 History the formation of Law and the Magna Carta is explored.

Individual liberty

At Marling School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices e.g. each student in Year 11 has an individual IAG meeting to help them make decisions about their future studies, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Marling 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 and Tutor Time work. The rule of law and democracy and individual liberty are specifically covered in RS at GCSE

Marling has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour Policy.

Mutual Respect

Respect is a strong part of Marling School and is part of its Core Values.  Students learn that their behaviours have 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 teaching and learning environments. We write reports to the student s and ensure all students take responsibility for their own actions.

Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment with Marling’s ethos being that the thoughts and answers of all are respected. This can be seen through lesson observations and during class discussions where the opinions of all students are taken into account.

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 countries and cultures.  Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year.  The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all students up to KS4, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. We are very proud of our multi-faith day in Year 8 which gives our students the opportunity to experience a range of differing religions and the British cultures associated with these religions.

Marling School strives endlessly 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.


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