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The promotion of ‘British values’ is central to Catholic education because British values have their origin in the Christian values of our nation. British values are considered by the present government to be:
Rule of Law
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At St Benet Biscop we recognise, not only the importance of helping students to develop academically but also spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. Our aim is that they are fully prepared for life in British society, to take their role as good citizens, able to make the best possible contribution to the Common Good including actively striving to take up our invitation from Pope Francis to Laudato Si' caring for our common home. Within a framework of Catholic Christian Values, we teach the importance of British Values by going much deeper into the meaning of what it is to live a good life. 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. At St Benet Biscop we provide an education which focuses on the formation of the whole person and on our vocation and purpose in life. The foundation of education at St Benet Biscop is ‘to seek wholeness through faith, quest and learning to become what God intends us to be’. Our gospel values of love, forgiveness, reconciliation and respect build strong relationships in school and beyond. We place a significant emphasis on the celebration of individuality and difference within our communities and our calling to work for the Common Good, in the service of others.
Our British Values are expressed and guide all that we do and are exemplified in our school values including the St Benet Biscop Way:
• Integrity: We are truthful and honest in all areas of life.
• Respect: We celebrate the uniqueness of each individual.
• Excellence: We work hard and persevere in order to be the best version of ourselves.
• Resilience: We ‘stick at it’ and remain positive so we have the strength to persevere.
• Self-discipline: We follow the rules; first time, every time.
Our Catholic Ethos makes a tangible difference to the way we work together and with our wider communities. Our Catholic Ethos is entwined with the government’s view of British values expressed as ‘democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.’
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